Message From the President

    Peace and Greetings GMS Alumni,

    Sharon Washington
    GMS Alumni Association President

    It is my honor to serve as the third president of the Gates Millennium Scholars Alumni Association, so on behalf of the entire GMS Alumni Council, and with great excitement for the future of our organization, I want to welcome you to the GMS Alumni Association and it’s nearly 14,000 members.

    The GMS Alumni Association exist to facilitate personal, professional and intellectual opportunities; foster meaningful interactions; celebrate and honor culture; and to increase the connectedness of GMS Alumni and current Scholars in the development of global leaders. If you are new to the Association, it is open and free-of-charge to any GMS Scholar who receives their baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the United States. Regardless of funding status for graduate programs, you are an alumni and we welcome and invite your active participation and membership.

    As we embark on our fifth year as an Association, there are many ways to stay informed and involved in the development and growth of this organization.

    Stay Informed:

    • We are VERY excited to announce the launch of our new online Alumni community at, Through this online community, you can engage in special interest groups, follow our blog, engage with regional activities, and find alumni in your area and around the world.

    Stay Involved:

    • In April 2014, our Association launched our first-ever formal partnership with a community organization. The American Cancer Society was selected as our national partner due to the Society’s focus on promoting health equity across diverse and multicultural populations. Please get involved and learn more here or by joining our Facebook Group.
    • Groups of Alumni are forming in local areas around the country. Identify the Regional Advisor for your area, and consider forming or joining a local GMSA chapter to engage in social, professional, and service-based opportunities and events.
    • Serve as a mentor through our GMS Mentor Program or by encouraging high school students to apply for the Scholarship as a GMS Ambassador.
    • Active Alumni are invited to participate in the Freshmen Leadership Conferences as mentors, presenters, and speakers or attend various professional conferences like NCORE or the American Library Association Conference.
    • Check out this fall 2015 for information on applying to a leadership position on the Association’s Alumni Council in various positions or for the 2016 Alumni Awards for exceptional service.

    I congratulate you on your achievements and your transition from one magnificent chapter of your life into what will surely be another. I also invite you to join us as an active and vibrant Alumni community, as we envision, cultivate, and embody our roles as leaders for America’s future.

    In universal love and diligent service,

    Sharon G.E. Washington, PhD.
    GMS Alumni Association

    Meet the Staff

    CorreyHeadshot.pngMeet Correy Hudson,
    GMS Alumni Senior Relationship Manager

    Correy is an experienced communications professional with experience in media, non-profit, and alumni relations. Prior to joining Gates, he spent nine years creating and managing alumni experiences at Old Dominion University and American University. Before entering higher education, Correy oversaw community relations and marketing for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Virginia Peninsula, and worked for various radio companies throughout the country. Correy really enjoys helping alumni connect with their passions within their respective institutions.

    Meet Ariel Grant,
    GMS Alumni Coordinator

    A graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Advertising, she has worked on marketing and/or communication teams with organizations including the United States Congress, National Basketball Association (NBA) - Oklahoma City Thunder, Kaiser Family Foundation, University of Oklahoma Sooner Sports, and The National Academies Press. Returning to the Washington DC area, Ariel is enthusiastic about contributing to alumni and scholars alike. In her spare time, Ariel enjoys volunteering, reading, fitness, and exploring new places and cultures.