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Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Gates Millennium Scholars Program

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