This page is intended to assist Chicago Public School students prepare to apply to the Gates Scholarship.
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) invited eligible seniors with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.3 (weighted) who met the eligibility requirements and their parent/adult chaperone to participate in the CPS Gates Student & Parent Information Session(s) that took place Monday, August 7th and Tuesday August 8th. Review the information below that was shared during the information sessions. Continue to check this page for updates throughout the process and school year.
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:
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:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students should ensure they are academically eligible and meet all Gates eligibility requirements before completing/submitting an application. This includes the following:
*The Pell Grant is a federal grant for undergraduate (college) students with financial need. The need is identified through submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.) Click here to visit the Student Aid.Gov site that provides more in depth information about this grant and the FAFSA.
BEFORE You Apply:
Review these important sites and resources…
Review tips and resources below that were shared at the Information Sessions. Please ensure you are ELIGIBLE to apply for the Gates Scholarship prior to submitting your initial application. Additionally, writing workshops and interview support will be offered later in the school year (November & December.) Take advantage of those workshops when they become available.
Please note, these documents are within a public folder that is being shared by the CPS Scholarship Manager. Please periodically check the folder/links for updates.
The Gates Scholarship Presentation – Presented By: Michele Howard, Scholarship Manager – Chicago Public Schools
Scholarship Essay Editing Support at DePaul University – Presented By: Mrs. Amanda Parada-Villatoro, Associate Director Community Outreach – DePaul University Center for Access and Attainment
The Gates Scholarship Fact Sheet 2017-18 – Provided by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (administrator of the Gates Scholarship for the next 10 years.)
Finally, the Gates Scholarship is one of many scholarship opportunities promoted through Chicago Public Schools. Students, parents and community based organizations are encouraged to sign up for Scholarship Emails directly from the CPS Scholarship Manager to ensure opportunities come directly to YOUR INBOX!
This site and the CPS Parent & Student Gates Information Sessions are sponsored by Chicago Public Schools and are not affiliated with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.