The Gates Scholarship

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.

Chicago Public Schools 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 June 11th, 12th, 18th, and 19th. Couldn’t make it to The Gates Scholarship Information Sessions? CLICK HERE to review ALL pertinent information shared from the CPS Scholarship Manager and DePaul University Center for Access and Attainment.

Website: The Gates Scholarship
Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ

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.)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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 Grant eligible*
  • A US citizen, national or permanent resident
  • A minimum cumulative weightedGrade Point Average of 3.3
  • 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.

*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.

Open to DREAMers: No

Full tuition, room and board, and personal expenses