Application Status Non Select Gates Millennium Scholarship Essays

UPDATE:  The new Gates Scholarship will replace the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program. We’ve updated this guide and will keep making edits as more information becomes available!

5 YEARS of FULL funding for ANY U.S. accredited college or university!

I went through a process of applying for fellowships for graduate school and can relate to those of you who are applying for Gates. Luckily for me, there is quite a collection of example essays, hints and guides out there for pre-doctoral fellowships, but none that I’ve seen for Gates. As a Gates outreach ambassador, I’ve heard lots of questions that I think many of you out there will also have.

I haven’t seen answers to some of these questions on the web, so here goes my suggestions for those who are applying for a Gates Scholarship blessing!

Suggestion 1: APPLY!

The biggest problem that I see in terms of Gates Scholarship applications is that people don’t apply. The worst that can happen is you write essays and gather paperwork that you can use for applying to colleges!

Suggestion 2: Make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements

Before you start the application process, please check that you have met all the eligibility requirements. A list of these requirements can be found on the FAQ page, but some are also broken down here:

Students are eligible if they meet the following:

Requirement: Are African American, American Indian/Native Alaskan, Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American

  • If you claim that you are American Indian/Native Alaskan, you will be asked for proof of tribal enrollment or certificate of descent if you are selected as a finalist.
  • If you can claim origins from the “Far East, Southeast Asian, the Indian subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands” you are eligible to apply.

Requirement: Will enroll for the first time in an accredited college or university located in the U.S. or Puerto Rico in the fall of the year following your application

Requirement: Have demonstrated leadership ability

  • If you can show that you have leadership capability through participation in community service, extracurricular or any other activities, you qualify
  • A note about this: I am not entirely sure that capacity in which you need to demonstrate leadership to make you competitive so if you have leadership at all, APPLY!

Requirement:Meet Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria

Requirement: Have completed and submitted all three required forms as part of your application

 APPLY ONLINE by creating a MyTGS profile!

  • The exact application hasn’t been published. We will update this as information becomes available

Suggestion 3: Remember that the deadline for submission is 11:59 PM EST on September 15, 2017!

This means start as early as you can and DO NOT wait till 11:59:00 PM of the deadline date to submit your information!! This also means:

  • You need to check and double-check that you have submitted all the required documents
  • DO NOT WAIT till the last-minute because the submission site will have high traffic near the deadline and you do not want to be the person who experienced technical difficulties…because then the difficulty on your behalf is that you technically did not apply!
~ Ngoc Nhi Le

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UPDATE: The new Gates Scholarship will replace the GMSP program! The application hasn’t been released, but we’ll update this guide as soon as the info is available!

—-Outdated info: relevant for GMSP. Might not be relevant for Gates Scholarship!——-

 

 

In applying for fellowships, essays are the hardest and most time-intensive part. However, if you start early and remember that you are writing YOUR story, no research required, you will be ok!

1. The essay prompts that YOU need to answer

There are a total of 8 essays that you must write for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMSP) application. This is NOT including the essays that your nominator and recommender must write.

See below for the prompts as well as sample essays from GMSP award winners!

Prompt 1:Discuss the subjects in which you excel or have excelled. To what factors do you attribute your success? 

GMSP Sample essay- Ngoc Nhi Le 2006

GMSP Sample essay- Leslie Nguyen 2009

GMSP Sample essay- Maurice Antwaun Boothe 2009

GMSP Sample essay- Thao Nguyen 2012

GMSP Sample essay- Joy 2013

Prompt 2: Discuss the subjects in which you had difficulty. What factors do you believe contributed to your difficulties? How have you dealt with them so they will not cause problems for you again? In what areas have you experienced the greatest improvement? What problem areas remain?

GMSP Sample essay- Ngoc Nhi Le 2006

GMSP Sample essay- Leslie Nguyen 2009

GMSP Sample essay- Maurice Antwaun Boothe 2009

GMSP Sample essay- Thao Nguyen 2012

GMSP Sample essay- Joy 2013

Prompt 3: Briefly describe a situation in which you felt that you or others were treated unfairly or were not given an opportunity you felt you deserved. Why do you think this happened? How did you respond? Did the situation improve as a result of your response?

GMSP Sample essay- Leslie Nguyen 2009

GMSP Sample essay- Maurice Antwaun Boothe 2009

GMSP Sample essay- Thao Nguyen 2012

Prompt 4: Discuss your short-term and long-term goals. Are some of them related? Which are priorities?

GMSP Sample essay- Leslie Nguyen 2009

GMSP Sample essay- Maurice Antwaun Boothe 2009

GMSP Sample essay- Thao Nguyen 2012

Prompt 5: Discuss a leadership experience you have had in any area of your life: School, work, athletics, family, church, community, etc. How and why did you become a leader in this area? How did this experience influence your goals?

GMSP Sample essay- Leslie Nguyen 2009

GMSP Sample essay- Maurice Antwaun Boothe 2009

GMSP Sample essay- Thao Nguyen 2012

Prompt 6: Discuss your involvement in and contributions to a community near your home, school or elsewhere. Please select an experience different from the one you discussed in the previous question, even if this experience also involved leadership.  What did you accomplish?  How did this experience influence your goals?

GMSP Sample essay- Ngoc Nhi Le 2006

GMSP Sample essay- Leslie Nguyen 2009

GMSP Sample essay- Maurice Antwaun Boothe 2009

GMSP Sample essay- Thao Nguyen 2012

GMSP Sample essay- Joy 2013

Prompt 7: Other than through classes in school, in what areas (non-academic or academic) have you acquired knowledge or skills?  How?

GMSP Sample essay- Leslie Nguyen 2009

GMSP Sample essay- Maurice Antwaun Boothe 2009

GMSP Sample essay- Thao Nguyen 2012

Prompt 8: Is there anything else you would like to tell us about that may help us evaluate your nomination (i.e., personal characteristics, obstacles you have overcome)?

GMSP Sample essay- Leslie Nguyen 2009

GMSP Sample essay- Maurice Antwaun Boothe 2009

GMSP Sample essay- Thao Nguyen 2012

Prompt 9: ONLY for Nominees who graduated from high school or earned their GED more than one year ago: Describe those activities in which you have participated since completing high school (e.g., community service, leadership, employment) that you believe qualify you for this scholarship.

2. Notes on writing the essays

When writing the essays, remember:

  • The essays do not have to be perfect!
  • Answer the prompt. If the only thing you write is the exact answers to the prompt, then you at least provided the information that they are seeking
  • Proofread!
  • DO NOT be too verbose, pedantic, wordy…(you get the point). The people who are reading your essays are volunteers and they will be reading LOTS of essays so DO NOT bore them or make it a difficult read! Some of my sample essays are borderline pedantic so I am not a great guide on how to be short and to the point.

3. FREE  essay reviewing services by GMSP award winners

  • Free essay reviewing service is now available through the great efforts provided by Scholarship Junkies!
  • Follow the EXACT instructions below!
    Make sure that you have completed and thoroughly proofread ALL 8 of your essays before submitting them for review. Once they are proofread, do the following:[1]  Visit http://scholarshipjunkies.org/for-students/[2]  Under “how did you hear about us”, make sure to list “Nhi Le” so that the team knows that you were referred via this blog[3] Under “essay draft version”, select “new essay submissions”[4]  Enter your information

    [5] Submit all 8 essays as word 2 document files (4 essay per file). Please note that all files MUST contain your full name and have the essay prompt before each essay.

    Due to the high volume of requests at this time of year, you might not receive your essay feedback within 72 hours after submission. Please be patient as all our volunteer readers and unpaid and are juggling other responsibilities at the same time. Thanks for your understanding! 🙂

~ Ngoc Nhi Le

** Disclaimer: ALL ESSAYS ARE THE PROPERTIES OF THEIR LISTED OWNERS! DO NOT PLAGIARIZE!

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