Graduate Gateway Scholars

Graduate Gateway Scholars program will provide promising college students who have experienced poverty and/or homelessness with the financial and personal resources that they need to excel in college and graduate. Graduate Gateway Scholars program will build on the successes of the Amvensys Scholars program by providing scholarships and additional support services.

Track record

The first class of 15 Scholars was selected in December 2012. As of May 2016, 12 of the 15 original Amvensys Scholars graduated from college. That’s an 80% graduation rate for our inaugural class. We look forward to carrying on the success of our Amvensys Scholars Program into our more inclusive Graduate Gateway Scholars program.

What do we provide Graduate Gateway Scholars?

Students selected as Amvensys Scholars receive a scholarship of $750 per semester until they graduate for up to eight semesters.
The scholarship payments total up to $6,000 over 8 semesters. These payments can significantly reduce the amount the student must repay in student loans and provide some relief from the rising costs of higher education.

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of a 2.5 to remain eligible for the scholarship payments All payments are made directly to our Scholars’ colleges and Universities to ensure that it is used for legitimate educational expenses.

Support Services:
We know that the financial needs of our students are not the only obstacles to their success, and that scholarship payments are only part of what they need to excel. We are currently working to improve our program by adding:

  • A volunteer mentor program
  • A financial literacy program
  • An internship program

These additional programs will allow us to provide our scholars with comprehensive support services to ensure that they graduate ready to begin a successful career.

Who are Graduate Gateway Scholars?

Scholars are promising college students who have experienced poverty and/or homelessness and have significant financial needs to attend and complete college. These students are selected using an intensive application process which examines each applicant as an individual.

We look at, not only, the numbers, but also, the student’s personal history and character as reflected in essays and personal references.

We look for situations and students for whom our program is most likely to make a determinative impact on whether they complete college.

In order to be considered for admission to the Graduate Gateway Scholars Program applicants must:

  • Demonstrate financial need, including experiences of poverty and homelessness
  • Be enrolled in an accredited, public or nonprofit, four year college or university in the United States
  • Be a U.S Citizen
  • Have and maintain a minimum 2.5 Cumulative GPA
  • Complete a comprehensive application process

How to Apply:

We are currently not accepting new application for the Graduate Gateway Program. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to be notified when we begin accepting applications please sign up here: