There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

This scholarship opportunity is more than just a scholarship. Chosen students are provided with multiple layers of service—from mentorship and enrichment activities to internship and fellowship opportunities—aimed at guaranteeing the future success of all scholars.

Scholarship: Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Awarding Organization: Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Amount: $12,000 average award amount

Number of Scholarships Awarded: 300

Eligible Students: High School Seniors who are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American,  and Hispanic American students  planning on pursuing an undergraduate college degree in any discipline. Students must be Pell-eligible.

How to Apply:  Complete the online application

Deadline: September 18


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.


Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross. Visit our website to learn more about Robyn Stewart.