How do we promote college access for low-income students

We administer the Graduate Gateway Scholars Program which provides scholarships and support services to college students coming from poverty and/or homelessness. Currently, our Scholars receive scholarships to help offset the costs of college attendance. The scholarship provides payments directly to the Scholars’ schools on their behalf each semester for up to eight semesters.

While financial support is critical to our Scholars’ success, economic challenges are not the only obstacle to their success in college and beyond. Scholarship awards are only one part of what our students need to excel. As such, Graduate Gateway is expanding our programming to provide additional support services and resources for our scholars. We are developing a volunteer mentor program to better serve our scholars with personalized support. Graduate Gateway will also launch Financial Literacy resources that directly target low-income college students. We will provide the information they need to make responsible financial decisions in college and beyond.

In order to assure the best use of our resources, applicants to the Scholars program participate in a thorough review process. A volunteer committee reviews all applicants’ academic records, financial data, references, and personal statements. We consider applicants holistically, not as a set of numbers. We look for the Scholars for whom our program is most likely to make a determinative impact on whether they complete college ready to be successful contributors to their communities.

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