Gates Millennium Scholarship Workshop

On Saturday, The Office of Admission had the pleasure of helping three TU students host a workshop for area high school students about the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

If you don’t know about the Gates Millennium Scholarship, you have to check it out in case you are eligible to apply. It is one of my very favorite outside scholarships and is life-changing, because because it covers a recipients’ entire unmet need and self-help aid. That means, that if you receive the scholarship, you can attend any accredited college or university in the United States, and Gates will cover the remaining cost after your other grants and scholarships. All you have to do is get admitted and choose a university!

GMS awards 1,000 of these scholarships every year to outstanding minority students with hgh financial need in order “to make a significant impact on the future direction of the nation.” The GMS Program wants to guide the way for the future leaders of the country.

I think it’s working.

After school started in August, I was approached by three Gates Scholars who currently attend TU. The girls, all juniors, wanted to host a workshop to help spread the word about the Gates Millennium Scholarship and offer their advice on how to apply. Of course, I thought it was a fabulous idea, so I helped the girls plan and market the event.

The girls didn’t stop there! They voluntarily got out into the Tulsa community and visited high schools to encourage students to attend the workshop. They must have done a good job, because I had to close registration to the event early because of a full-house!

The students did a presentation on the GMS program and walked participants through the actual application so families could get a feel for the essays that are included and how they might manage their time and energy for the application. They shared their own (inspirational) stories and talked about how the scholarship has changed their lives.

It was a great event! I loved looking at the audience and thinking that some future Gates Scholarship finalists might be sitting in that very room! I hope everyone who attended the workshop applies for the scholarship. Good luck!

Shaliah, Laura and Leah, you each did a fabulous job! I am so proud of you. You are already wonderful leaders. I can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the future.

If you want to learn more about the Gates Millennium Scholarship and see if you are eligible to apply, please visit

-Casey Reed