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Gates Scholarship Program Awarding 300 Students Full-Tuition

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Shawna Newman

July 18, 2024

Gates Scholarship Program Awarding 300 Students Full-Tuition
Gates Scholars pay nothing out-of-pocket to go to college!
Introduced in 2017, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation established the prestigious Gates Scholarship program. For seven years, The Gates Scholarship has helped low-income minority high school seniors pay for their college education. The Gates Scholarship award covers student education expenses including tuition, fees, room and board, transportation, and books at any accredited college. More than a full-tuition scholarship, Gates Scholarship winners make life-long connections and gain support before and throughout college. Full-ride scholarship winners get to attend The Gates Scholarship Summer Institute to help scholars create meaningful, life-long networks. Learn how you can qualify and apply for The Gates Scholarship in 2024.

2024 Gates Scholarship

A highly selective, last-dollar scholarship, student applicants must excel in academics and possess strong leadership skills. High school students must meet the minimum requirements below to apply for The Gates Scholarship:
  • Belong to one of four, minority student groups - African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Native American.
  • Be a high school senior
  • From a low-income household
  • Have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and are Federal Pell Grant eligible
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Hold a minimum 3.3 GPA
  • Plan to enroll full-time in a four-year degree program at a U.S., accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.
  • Apply for The Gates Scholarship

    Application Deadline: 9/15/24
    Award Amount: 100% of tuition
    Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the FAFSA, or the methodology used by the students' college or university.

    The Gates Scholarship Summer Institute

    Gates Scholarship winners will also attend The Gates Scholarship Summer Institute. This program ensures scholars have the tools and resources to thrive throughout their college years. TGSSI students attend learning sessions to get insight into topics such as life and career success strategies, financial wellness, and more. TGSSI also provides top-notch internship opportunities and connections for Gates Scholars.

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    Award Amount: $1,000

    Bonner Scholars Program

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    Carson Scholars Program

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    Award Amount: $1,000

    City Year - Volunteer for America

    City Year, a proud member of AmeriCorps, is a national service organization that brings together young adults from diverse backgrounds for a demanding eleven months of full - time community service, leadership development, and civic engagement. In 29 locations across the United States, these young leaders invest their talents and energy to address our country's most critical needs. City Year corps members engage others in service and make a positive difference in their communities and in the lives of children and youth. Corps members also receive a bi - weekly living stipend and basic health insurance. Deadline: Varies
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    Shawna Newman

    Managing Editor, Contributing Writer

    Shawna Newman is the Managing Editor and a writer at Fastweb. She has over 10 years of experience in higher education. Her direct work with college admissions teams, financial aid officers, college deans, ...

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