The Gates Scholarship

Scholarship Overview & Description:
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.

The Office of School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising within Chicago Public Schools invited eligible rising seniors with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.3 (weighted) who met the academic and ethnicity eligibility requirements and their parent to participate in the Virtual CPS Gates Student & Parent Information Session on July 15, 2021. Thank you to all who attended and are interested in applying for this scholarship. Couldn’t make it to The Gates Scholarship Virtual Information Session? CLICK HERE to review ALL pertinent information shared from the CPS Scholarship Manager and DePaul University Center for Access and Attainment (English and Spanish resources available).

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.) Visit the site that provides more in depth information about this grant and the FAFSA.

Open to DREAMers: No
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Full tuition, room and board, and personal expenses