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The Gates Scholarship: Refer Top Students!
The Gates Scholarship (TGS) needs your help in identifying America’s top minority students, who may be eligible for a prestigious scholarship.
TGS is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential. Please read the information below to learn about TGS and how to refer students.
Gates Scholars receive funding for the full cost of attendance to earn a bachelor’s degree, that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a Scholar’s college or university. Costs covered include tuition, fees, books, room and board, and may include additional personal costs.
TGS also provides Scholars with various online support services designed to help them excel in their degree programs, graduate, and make a successful transition to their chosen careers. These include career services, mentoring, leadership development, and knowledge building with an emphasis in personal wellness—physical, emotional, and financial. Gates Scholars will also be connected to a network of accomplished professionals they can tap into for support and advice.
How to refer students
To help us identify students in your area who may qualify, please review the requirements below. If you know one or more students who meet our criteria, please click the link below and follow the instructions provided.
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- A high school senior
- From at least one of the following ethnicities: African American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
- A US citizen, national, or permanent resident
- A minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US, accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.
*For American Indian/Alaska Native, proof of tribal enrollment will be required.
An ideal candidate will also have:
- An outstanding high school academic record (e.g., be in the top 10 percent of his/her graduating class)
- Demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, and extracurricular, or other activities)
- Exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)
For additional information, please visit our website and watch the video below.
Thank you in advance, for helping us identify exceptional candidates, and here’s wishing your student referrals all the best in their application process!
The Gates Scholarship Team