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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Scholarships for US students 07-22

"The goal is quite simple: Get kids a great education so they can go on to college and pursue a profession that—for both them and the country—will be very rewarding."

— Bill Gates on improving education in the United States


Every student in the United States deserves the chance to go to college.

Most U.S. high school students want to attend college. They recognize that higher education is the most direct path to success in their future careers. College also provides opportunities to explore talents and develop leadership skills they can use to participate more fully in adult life—at home, at work, and in their communities.

Millions of students can’t afford the tuition.

It’s estimated that between 2006 and 2016, nearly 4.5 million students won’t pursue college degrees because their families can’t afford the high costs of higher education.

Low-income students and students of color are particularly hard hit.

Only one in 10 low-income students can expect to graduate from college. And disproportionately fewer students of color earn bachelor’s degrees. This is not due to a lack of talent but instead to the high costs of tuition and to the fact that many graduate high school without the skills they need to succeed in college. They also lack guidance on how to choose a school, apply for admission, and fill out financial aid forms.

We will help more than 27,000 low-income students get to college by 2016.

Thousands of low-income, minority students are highly motivated and ready for college every year. We’re working to help them get there through our scholarship programs. We’re also creating programs in lower performing schools designed to help low-income students get ready to enter—and then succeed in—college.

We believe in educating future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

We encourage leadership and public service in the U.S. and abroad. We will provide scholarships for graduate study in fields that benefit local and global communities.

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