Selection Process

Nominations are collected online through SurveyMonkey.

For instructions on how to register and nominate, click here.

If you would prefer to complete a physical nomination, please find the form here.

Timeline updated as of 03-11-2021

  • October 19, 2020 - Nomination Period Opens (LA, NY, DC)
  • December 4, 2020 - Deadline for Nominations (LA, NY, DC)
  • December 10, 2020 - Application Invitation Emailed to all Eligible Nominees
  • January 27, 2021 - Online Submission Deadline for Applications and all Application Materials
  • March 31, 2021* - Interview Finalists Notified via Email (LA, NY, DC)
  • April 23, 2021* - Washington, DC Finalist Interviews
  • April 29-30, 2021* - New York Finalist Interviews
  • May 19-21, 2021* - Los Angeles County Finalist Interviews 
  • May 17, 2021* - 2021 Scholars Notified via Phone (NY, DC)
  • May 27, 2021* - Class of 2021 Milken Scholars publicly announced (NY, DC)
  • June 8, 2021* - 2021 Scholars Notified via Phone (LA)
  • June 14, 2021* - Class of 2021 Milken Scholars publicly announced (LA)

*Dates are subject to change


Selection Criteria

With the help of college counselors and other educators at high schools in Los Angeles County, New York City, and Washington D.C., the Milken Scholars Program identifies outstanding students who will graduate by June of 2021. These students are nominated for the Program based on the following criteria:

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.6 (unweighted) or 90% in all academic high school subject areas;
  • Active participation in community service activities;
  • A record of leadership;
  • Financial or Other Obstacles;
  • Admission to a four-year college or university prior to final selection; and
  • United States Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or DACA Recipient.

Students nominated by their college advisers to participate in the Program must complete a rigorous selection process that includes completion of a five-page application, as well as submission of letters of recommendation, high school transcripts, test score sheets (if applicable), and a financial aid profile. Finalists are then selected and invited to interview.

*Please note that the 2021 Selection Cycle is Test-Optional: SAT or ACT score is not required to apply.*


Program Resources

Milken Scholars are eligible to receive a range of resources that includes:

  • An annual monetary recognition award of $2,000 for each of their four years of college;
  • Ongoing academic and career-related counseling;
  • Assistance with career-related experiences through internships and shadowing opportunities; and
  • A graduate fund, which assists students as they prepare for the world of work or graduate school.

Milken Scholars must commit to attend all annual program activities (expenses paid), including a three-day Summit, and maintain a 3.0 grade point average throughout their undergraduate college careers. Scholars are also encouraged to participate in community service activities in their home and/or school community.

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