Gateway 2014-2015 Scholarship Application Deadlines Set

The deadlines to apply for scholarships at Gateway Community and Technical College have been set for March 3 for high school students graduating in Spring 2014 and April 1 for other new, current or returning students.

Scholarships are a vitally important alternative to help students finance their education, said Will Bradley, Gateway coordinator of scholarships and financial aid. Gateway offers 33 different kinds of scholarships ranging in size from $200 to $5,000. For the 2013-2014 academic year, we awarded $195,943 in scholarships to 133 students.

Bradley added that scholarship criteria vary, and not everyone must be a straight-A student. We have scholarships available for single parents, minority students, and students with a 2.0 average who show academic promise. We have general scholarships available for students in any field, as well as scholarships for specific disciplines, such as advanced manufacturing, electrical technology, computer-assisted drafting and design, education, nursing and allied health.

Gateway also has tuition-assistance funds available from a federal grant specifically for low-income students interested in certain allied health careers. Weve added scholarships this year for new high school graduates and for military veterans, Bradley said.

But you cannot win a scholarship if you don't apply, he added. Our best advice to students is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as quickly as possible and submit Gateway scholarship applications to us by the deadlines. Scholarships help students avoid accumulating excessive student debt.

To explore Gateway scholarship options and obtain application forms, visit http://www.gateway.kctcs.edu/Financial_Aid/Scholarships.aspx. When completing the FAFSA application, enter the Gateway federal school code to ensure that the information reaches Gateway. Gateways federal school code is 013753.