Gates Scholarship 2023 | Eligibility and How to Apply

Gates Scholarship 2023 is open to apply for all eligible students. The Gates Scholarships, established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are prestigious and highly competitive scholarships.

Gates Scholarship 2023
Gates Scholarship 2023 | How to Apply

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The Gates Scholarships launched in 2017 as an expansion of the Gates Millennium Scholars program, which established in 1999. The program aims to support talented, low-income minority students in their pursuit of higher education.

Every year, we award these Scholarships to exceptional students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievements, leadership qualities, and a commitment to making a positive impact in their communities and the world.

Benefits of Gates Scholarships

Gates Scholars receive numerous benefits that support their educational journey and personal development.

Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance that other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a Scholar’s college or university, do not already cover.

The cost of attendance includes the following:

  • Tuition,
  • Fees,
  • Room expenses,
  • Board expenses,
  • Books, and
  • Transportation expenses

NOTE: Please note that the cost of attendance may include other personal costs as well.

Eligibility to apply for Gates Scholarship

Following is the list of eligibility criteria, a student must meet to apply for Gates Scholarship:

  • The student 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
  • Must be a US citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) 

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.

Note: Proof of tribal enrollment is required for students of American Indian/Alaska Native ethnicities.

Gates Scholarship Application Timeline

Following is the application timeline of Gates Scholarships:

  • The opening date of Gates Scholarships application is July 15 every year.
  • The deadline to apply for Gates Scholarship is on September 15 every year.
  • The reviewers review the scholarship applications and contact semifinalists in the month of December or January.
  • The finalists interviews takes place in March and scholars are selected in the month of April.
  • Scholars will be awarded with Gates Scholarships in July – September in time for the fall semester.

How to Apply for Gates Scholarship 2023

All interested and eligible candidates can apply for the Gates Scholarship by visiting the online application portal.