The Gates and Melinda Scholarship 2020-2021 is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Gates and Melinda Scholarship Coverage
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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a Scholar’s college or university.
*Cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, and transportation, and may include other personal costs.
Gates and Melinda Scholarship Coverage and Benefits
To apply, students must be:
- 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
- In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
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.
Gates and Melinda Scholarship Ideal Candidates
An ideal candidate will have:
- An outstanding academic record in high school (in the top 10% of his/her graduating class)
- Demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities)
- Exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)
When can you apply for Gates Scholarship?
Gate and Melinda Scholarship will start receiving applications in July 2020.
How to prepare for college?
Preparing for college is a multi-year process that students should begin as early as possible. The following are some tips to help you.
Tip 1: Take College Preparatory Courses
Tip 2: Get Involved and Become a Leader at School Or In Your Community
Tip 3: Find a Mentor
Tip 4: Use Your Summers Wisely (e.g., study, volunteer, intern)
Tip 5: Keep Your Love of Learning Alive! (e.g., read tech classics, visit museums)