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Gates Foundation Scholarships for Low-income and Minority Students

  • Published: 2010-01-03 (Rev. 2010-01-30) - Contact: Disabled World
  • Synopsis: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation support scholarship programs to expand access to college for low-income and minority students.

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation currently support eight scholarship programs. You can learn about eligibility and how to apply by contacting each program directly.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation believes every student in the United States deserves the chance to go to college, however, millions of students can't afford the tuition. It has been estimated that between 2006 and 2016, nearly 4.5 million students won't pursue college degrees because their families can't afford the high costs of higher education.

Because of this the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are funding scholarships to expand access to college for low-income and minority students and to encourage public service and leadership in addition to creating programs in lower performing schools designed to help low-income students get ready to enter, and then succeed in, college.

The Gates Foundation believe in educating future leaders committed to improving the lives of others and encourage leadership and public service in the U.S. and abroad. The Gates Foundation will provide scholarships for graduate study in fields that benefit local and global communities.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation currently support eight scholarship programs. You can learn about eligibility and how to apply by contacting each scholarship program directly.

College Preparation

Washington State Achievers Scholarships - This initiative provides college scholarships to select students in 16 Washington state high schools serving low-income communities. Over 5,000 low-income, high-potential scholars who might not otherwise have been able to attend college are learning, graduating, or contributing to the workplace and our world because of their scholarships, mentoring, and support services. More info -

Rainier Scholars - This initiative funds a 10-year-long academic and leadership program for fifth-grade students of color in western Washington state. All students deserve the chance to go as far as their hard work and talent will take them. We open doors to education for promising students of color, providing a pathway to college graduation and creating future community leaders. More info -

D.C. Achievers Scholarships - This initiative provides college scholarships to select students in six Washington, D.C., high schools serving low-income communities. The District of Columbia Achievers Program is a partnership of the District of Columbia College Success Foundation (DC CSF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program provides scholarships, mentoring support and high-intensity college access services to approximately 250 highly motivated, low-income students from six public high schools in Washington, DC, annually. More info -

Graduate Studies

Gates Cambridge Scholarships - This initiative funds graduate studies and research at Cambridge University by students from outside the United Kingdom who are committed to improving the lives of others. Full cost scholarships for students from outside the UK to pursue graduate study and research at one of the world's leading universities. More info -

Gates Public Service Law Scholarships - This initiative funds the education of students at the University of Washington who pursue careers in public service law. This program awards five scholarships on an annual basis to first year students entering the UW School of Law J.D. program. Each Gates PSL scholarship award will cover tuition, books, other normal fees imposed for University and UW School of Law enrollment, costs of room and board and incidental expenses. Acceptance of a Gates PSL scholarship represents a commitment on the part of each recipient ("Scholar") to work in public service for five years following graduation. More info -

Undergraduate Studies

Mary Gates Scholars - This initiative provides scholarships for undergraduate students at the University of Washington. The Mary Gates Endowment funds hundreds of University of Washington undergraduate students every year through Research, Leadership, Venture and Honors scholarships. These scholarships support students to engage in activities that enhance their undergraduate experience, encouraging student learning both in and outside the classroom. More info -

Undergraduate and Graduate Studies

Gates Millennium Scholarships - This initiative funds tuition for low-income minority students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees. NOTE: The Gates Millennium Scholars 2010 Nomination Process has launched. The submission deadline is January 11, 2010 More info -


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