Gates Foundation Scholars Series
The Gates Foundation Scholars series includes the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) and the Washington State Achievement (WSA) scholars data. Both sets of data were cross-sectional and followed respondents over a period of years and thus were longitudinal.
The goal of the GMS data was to gather data on the lives of scholars and selected non-recipients in order to analyze the effects on the educational, civic, and personal lives of selected sample members. Respondents in the GMS data had to (1) be of African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, or Pacific Islander background; (2) be full-time students entering college or university; (3) have a GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale; (4) be eligible for Pell Grants; (5) be leaders in community service, extracurricular, or other activities.
The goal of the WSA data was to measure the impact of the scholarship on the life outcomes of recipient students compared to non-recipient students. The outcomes examined are (1) matriculation into a college/university, (2) type of institution of higher education, (3) if Achievers were able to eliminate the need to work for pay (other than work-study awards), and (4) if Achievers were able to eliminate/reduce the need for student loans. Respondents were students at one 16 selected high schools in Washington State as they redesigned their schools in order to increase academic achievement for all of their students.