Why Bill and Melinda Gates put 20,000 students through college

America, built on the dream of upward mobility, has become a country of deepening divide between rich and poor. The surest way to narrow the wealth gap is to earn a college degree. As we first reported in April, major universities including Princeton are working to lower the price of admission through a new kind of affirmative action, not based on race, but on low-income status. It began with two of America's wealthiest parents, Bill and Melinda Gates. They spent more than a billion dollars putting low-income, minority students through college. But before they tell you what they learned, come meet some of the Gates Millennium Scholars.

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