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CPS Gates Scholarship Parent & Student Information Session

August 8 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The NEW Gates Scholarship is open for the class of 2018 with a new application window (July 15th – September 15th), interview process and more! The Office of School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising (SCPA) is inviting eligible seniors with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.3 (weighted) who meet the eligibility requirements and their parent/adult chaperone to attend one of the CPS Gates Student & Parent Information Session(s.) Families will learn if they are financially eligible to apply for this opportunity.
Parent knowledge is essential to aiding students during the financial aid and scholarship decisions process. Due to the financial need requirement for this scholarship, it is highly encouraged that a parent or guardian to accompany students to the session. In addition to learning specifics regarding the NEW Gates Scholarship, students and parents will learn about strategic scholarships opportunities and hear about district tools and resources from the CPS Scholarship Manager.


The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full 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.
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).


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
  • Pell-eligible
  • 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.


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.)


Seniors MUST be academically eligible to participate in these sessions. There will be support on site to assist families with calculating their estimated family contribution which will also share information regarding Pell Grant eligibility which is a requirement to apply for this scholarship opportunity.
Important Note: Parent/Adult Chaperone information is MANDATORY for registration. Please ensure you have this information available to complete your registration. Anticipate a confirmation email from CollegeScholarships@cps.edu.

SELECT ONE Information Session to attend:
BOTH sessions will be held from 5:30 pm to 8: 00 pm – Parking Available in School Lots
Monday, August 7, 2017 – Kenwood Academy High School – 5015 South Blackstone Avenue
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 – Whitney M. Young Magnet High School – 211 South Laflin St.


Registration will close Friday, August 4th OR once capacity is reached.
Parents/Students are asked to select ONE information session to attend, duplicate registration for more than one session will not be honored.
Students and Parents MUST register to participate and await CONFIRMATION from the CPS Scholarship Manager via the CollegeScholarships@cps.edu account.
Students who DO NOT meet eligibility criteria should NOT register to attend this event. There will be a Strategic Scholarship Information Session later in the school year for seniors seeking scholarship opportunities.
If there are any questions, please direct them to the CPS Scholarship Manager, Mrs. Michele Howard at CollegeScholarships@cps.edu using the subject line “Gates Application Information.”
For more information on the application visit https://www.thegatesscholarship.org/scholarship. Please note the CPS Parent & Student Gates Information Sessions are sponsored by Chicago Public Schools and are not affiliated with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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August 8
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Michele Howard


Whitney M. Young Magnet High School
211 South Laflin St.
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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