The Programs of Academic Excellence is a growing initiative that provides programming and support to maximize opportunities for Ronald A. Hammond Scholars and Gates Millennium Scholars. These students are frequently from underrepresented or low-income backgrounds and often become the first in their family to graduate from college. To ensure they successfully navigate their university experience , scholars receive specialized advising, are introduced to prestigious awards, fellowships, and research opportunities, and participate in unique academic, career, and cultural programming throughout their undergraduate careers. The relationships and skills these students develop through this initiative will prepare them for future success.

Ronald A. Hammond Scholarship Program

The University of Miami established the Hammond Scholarship to honor the legacy of the University’s first director of minority affairs, Mr. Ronald A. Hammond. This full-tuition scholarship is merit-based and recognizes outstanding high school seniors throughout the United States who have shown academic excellence and have aspirations of continuing their academic pursuits through graduate education. As part of its commitment to the mission of the ideals Ronald A. Hammond embodied, UM awards approximately 30 scholarships to select students who have excelled academically and demonstrated a commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented minorities.

Gates Millennium Scholars

The Gates Millennium Scholarship Program (GMS) is a nationally recognized scholarship funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and administered through the United Negro College Fund. The University of Miami has the largest contingent of Gates Scholars in Florida. This scholarship is designed to promote academic excellence and provide opportunities for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential. By reducing monetary barriers and providing scholars with seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs, this scholarship covers the unmet need for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students in hopes of increasing their representation in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences.