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  • 1. Hispanic Scholarship Fund & Gates Millennium Scholars Program WWW.HSF.NET WWW.GMSP.ORG
  • 2. About HSF
    • Founded in 1975, HSF's vision is to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans.
    • HSF provides the Latino community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country.
    • During the 2007-2008 academic year, HSF awarded nearly 4,100 scholarships exceeding $26.6 million.
    • In its 33-year history , HSF has awarded more than 86,000 scholarships worth more than $250 million to Latinos for college.
  • 3. About GMS
    • The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS) is funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and was established in 1999.
    • The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students with significant financial need to reach their fullest potential.
    • The program has funded more than 12,000 Gates Millennium scholars with over $438 million for college since its inception.
  • 4. About the GMS Program The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is the administrator of the GMS initiative and has partnered with the following organizations: - American Indian Graduate Center Scholars - Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund - Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • 5. Eligibility Requirements
    • Be of Hispanic heritage
    • Be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (cumulative)
    • Must apply for federal financial aid using the FAFSA
    • All levels eligible to apply (HS Senior-Grad School)
    • No financial need requirement
    • Deadline to apply: February 18, 2009
    • African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American;
    • Citizen, legal permanent resident of the United States;
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (un-weighted) or earned a GED;
    • Must be a first time entering freshman
    • Meet the federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria
    • Application available August-January
  • 6. GMS Value Proposition
      • The GMS Scholarship Award Provides:
        • Support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help;
        • Renewable awards for Gates Scholars maintaining satisfactory academic progress (Up to 5 Years of Undergraduate Study);
        • Graduate School fellowships for continuing Gates Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences;
        • Leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities.
  • 7. GMS Nomination Process
    • Nomination process requires:
      • an educator who is familiar with the student’s academic background to complete the Nominator Form
      • a community member or individual who is aware of the student’s community service and leadership activities to complete the Recommender Form; and
      • the student to complete a comprehensive Nominee Personal Information Form .
  • 8. GMS Scholarship Timeline
    • From August through mid January
      • All online applications are processed when submitted
      • All applications mailed by the deadline are scanned and loaded into the Nomination database
    • During the month of February
      • Independent readers completing an individualized reading and scoring assessment of each eligible Nominee in three major areas: academic achievement, community service, and leadership potential
    • From March through early April
      • Every student that applied for the GMS scholarship is notified of their status (Non-Select or Finalist)
      • Finalist application information is verified including GPA, citizenship status, and federal Pell grant eligibility
      • 1,000 Gates Scholars are selected and notified
  • 9. GMS Nomination Questions
    • 1) Discuss the subjects in which you excel or have excelled.
    • 2) Discuss the subjects in which you had difficulty.
    • 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.
    • 4) Discuss your short and long-term goals.
    • 5) Discuss a leadership experience you have had in any area of your life: school, work, athletics, family, church, community, etc.
  • 10. GMS Nomination Questions
    • 6) Discuss your involvement in and contributions to a community near your home, school or elsewhere.
    • 7) Other than through classes in school, in what areas (non-academic or academic) have you acquired knowledge or skills?
    • 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, etc.?
    • (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.
  • 11. How to Apply
    • Visit WWW.HSF.NET
    • Click on “Apply Online Now!”
    • Click “Register Now” and fill out Registration Information page
    • Check email for message from [email_address]
    • Return to WWW.HSF.NET to fill out the Universal Application
    • Complete the HSF General Application and co-branded applications, if offered
  • 12. Academic Profile
    • Academic and Personal Information
    • Work experience and volunteer activities
    • Degree(s) earned
    • Current and intended institution
    • Current and intended major(s)
    • GPA and number of units completed
    • Recommender’s name, email address and relationship to the student
  • 13. HSF General Application
    • Most scholarship applicants must fill out the
    • General Application
    • Applicants fill out 3 essay questions
    • Responses must be under 600 words
    • Topics include “My Hispanic Heritage,” “Contributing to my Community,” & “Overcoming an Academic Challenge”
  • 14. Recommendation
    • After the student submits their Universal Application, the recommender is contacted by HSF via email.
    • Recommender must evaluate the student in 5 areas, state the nature of their relationship, and give an overall recommendation for the student.
    • Recommendation must be submitted electronically by the posted deadline (may differ from application deadline).
  • 15. Required Documents
    • Student Aid Report (SAR) (from the FAFSA)
    • Official transcript
    • Proof of residency (for permanent residents)
    • Enrollment Verification Form
  • 16. Summary
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE for most 2009/2010 programs is February 18, 2009.
    • Please visit the website for more information.