Bill Gates Scholarships for Minorities

Looking for Bill Gates Scholarships for Minorities? The Gates Scholarship is new for 2018. TGS will fund 300 students per year starting in 2018. This program replaced the Gates Millenium Scholarship. The student may choose to major in any field for their bachelor's degree.

Last updated on September 21, 2017 by College Financial Aid Advice.

The Gates Scholarship

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The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for minorities who are high school seniors, Applicants must be eligible for Pell Grant to qualify. The family will still be expected to pay the Expected Family Contribution based upon the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The ideal candidate is typically in the top 10% of their high school class, who have demonstrated leadership ability and personal success.

The program will pay for costs in excess of other scholarships and the expected family contribution, including costs for tuition & fees, room and board, books and transportation. Some personal expenses may also be covered. The scholarship will fund for 5 years, during which time it is expected the student will complete their bachelor degree. The scholarship does not fund graduate programs, only undergraduate.



Bill Gates Scholarships for Minorities Eligibility Requirements

High school senior

A member of one of these minorities: African American, Asian & Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American, and American Indian/Alaska Native (who are enrolled in a tribe).

Federal Pell Grant eligible

U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident

GPA 3.3 or better on 4.0 scale (weighted cumulative)

Plan to enroll full time at a four year accredited U.S. college or university (public, private or not-for-profit)


The Gates Scholarship Deadline

The Gates Scholarship deadline schedule is as follows:

The Gates Scholarship application - opens July 15 2017 and closes September 15 2017.

Awards - July - September 2018

The Gates scholarship application may be found at the following link:

thegatesscholarship.org

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