Gates Millennial Scholar (GMS) Administrative Data, United States, 2000-2016 (ICPSR 36877)

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In 1999, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation started the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), a 20-year initiative which intends to expand access to higher education for high achieving, low-income minority students. In addition to its academic objectives, GMS also has the goal of creating future leaders in minority groups. The program is administered by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Awardees can receive the scholarship for up to 5 years as an undergraduate and 4 years as a graduate student. The scholarship is renewable through graduate school in math, science, engineering, library science, and education. To be eligible for GMS, students had to meet several qualifications. They must: (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; and (5) be leaders in community service, extracurricular, or other activities.

These data include selected variables from administrative data as collected by UNCF. There are 5 major data sources from which these data were compiled, which include:

  1. United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Administrative Databases;
  2. National Student Clearing House (NSC);
  3. Higher Education Directory (HED);
  4. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and
  5. Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs).

These data were collected to represent the aggregation of administrative data utilized throughout the GMS cohort-level data. The data was structured in a way to allow analysis and utility beyond the administrative data's original purpose. The initial release includes only records for GMS scholarship recipients and one higher education institution per person. Subsequent releases will include information for non-recipient finalists and the full spectrum of institutions attended.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates Millennial Scholar (GMS) Administrative Data, United States, 2000-2016. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-03-28.

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

2000 -- 2016
  1. Mar 24, 2020: Due to an agreement between the funder and ICPSR, this study was made temporarily unavailable until further notice.

  2. This study is related to other studies within the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Survey Data series. For similar study information and characteristics, including cohort-specific data, please refer to all studies within the data series.
  3. For additional information on the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, please visit the GMS website.
  4. These data were prepared by ICPSR through funding provided from the Gates Foundation.


Longitudinal: Panel: Continuous

All Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients between the years of 1999 and 2016.


National Student Clearing House (NSC), 1999-2016

Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs), 1999-2016

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), 1999-2016

United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Administrative Databases

Higher Education Directory (HED), 1999-2016



2019-03-28 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.