The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding underrepresented students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. 

The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI) serves as a central hub for the Gates Millennium Scholars who attend Cornell University. OADI offers advising to all Gates Scholars and coordinates quarterly meetings for Scholars to reconnect with one another and to learn about the GMS renewal and funding processes. Funding is also available for Gates Scholars who are actively involved with OADI.