Everyone knows the history of Bill Gates how he became the richest man in America and the world. But he started from no where. We often see in American culture, how rich people forget about the poor once they become rich. But Bill Gates is not one of them. He has given a significant amount of money that he earns back to the noble causes in society. One such cause is education of the underprivileged.
Bill gates along with his wife Melinda Gates have found a joint Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. This foundation gives many different scholarships to the needy students under the Bill Gates Scholarships. They mostly help out the students from low income families of different ethnic groups like Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics and Asian and Pacific Islanders. There are many different ways they fund for education of minorities. They give donations to the historically black colleges and other organizations which gives scholarships to minority students.
In addition to providing funds to other organizations they have their own scholarship program, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program popularly known as Bill Gates scholarships. They give students Bill Gates Scholarships with a good academic background but it is does not have very strict norms like other scholarships and grants. Even a grade point of 3.3 will make you eligible for scholarship; some programs may require only a GED or a Bachelorsâ€™ degree in case of graduate students.
You donâ€™t necessarily have to be a US national. Even Permanent residents can apply for the Bill Gates scholarships. This scholarship is aimed to help students from minorities to enter fields like Science, Math, Technology, Engineering and Medicine.
The Scholarship awards differ depending on the program each student is applying for. But you can expect a few thousand dollars. On an average an undergrad student gets $7000 a year and a grad student get $15000 a year. It may not suffice to pay for the college education for many students. But still the amount will pay off a large chunk of your tuition fees. That is why itâ€™s important that you do apply for Bill Gates scholarships.
In addition to this scholarship if you can supplement your expenses with a college on campus job or get another scholarship that would pay for your college education and you will be having no student loans after your graduation and peace of mind when studying.