This scholarship program, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates, is an all-inclusive, “good-through-
Funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GMS was established in 1999, as a twenty year commitment, to provide greater access and opportunity to higher education for outstanding students from underrepresented backgrounds (1,000 selected each year; 20,000 in 20 year commitment). The program promotes academic excellence and encourages students to pursue and complete an undergraduate education in all discipline areas and graduate education for those students pursuing studies in computer science, mathematics, life/physical science, engineering, education, public health, library science and/or information science. GMS supports its scholars in a variety of ways including but not limited to personal, leadership and professional development opportunities, networking and mentorships opportunities, as well as financial and academic support to prepare its scholars to be the next leaders in their professions and communities.
About MANA de San Diego: Founded in 1986, MANA de San Diego’s mission is to empower Latinas through education, leadership development, community service, and advocacy. This is accomplished through Hermanitas® Youth Leadership Mentor Program for at-risk Latina students; MANA de San Diego Family Health Fair; MANA de San Diego Scholarship Program;and educational and professional development programs such as the Latina Success Conference and Platicas. Since inception, MANA has engaged and impacted more than 15,000 Latinas and their families. MANA has more than 400 annual volunteers who coordinate programs, activities, and reaching out to the community to raise awareness.
MANA’s cornerstone program is the Hermanitas® Youth Leadership Mentor Program. Hermanitas® promotes higher education, leadership development and peer support to young, local Latinas, ages 12–18, through one-on-one mentoring. The primary goal of the Hermanitas program is to develop successful and responsible young Latinas and to lower the Latina high school dropout and teen pregnancy rates while encouraging the pursuit of higher education. Hermanitas® matches sixty middle and high school girls with local professional women. The Hermanitas® Mentor program began in 1987 and has served more than 650 girls.