2013-2014 Gates Essay Prompts
Application deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Essay Prompts for the Gates Scholarship:
Discuss the subjects in which you excel or have excelled. To what factors do you attribute your success?
Discuss the subjects in which you have had difficulty. What factors do you believe contributed to your difficulties? How have you dealt with them so they will not cause problems for you again? In what areas have you experienced the greatest improvement? What problem areas remain?
Briefly describe a situation in which you felt that you or others were treated unfairly or were not given an opportunity you felt you deserved. Why do you think this happened? How did you respond? Did the situation improve as a result of your response?
Discuss your short and long-term goals. Are some of them related? Which are priorities?
Discuss a leadership experience you have had in any area of your life: school, work, athletics, family, church, community, etc. How and why did you become a leader in this area? How did this experience influence your goals?
Discuss your involvement in and contributions to a community near your home, school or elsewhere. Please select an experience different from the one you discussed in the previous question, even if this experience also involved leadership. What did you accomplish? How did this experience influence your goals?
Other than through classes in school, in what areas (non-academic or academic) have you acquired knowledge or skills? How?
Essay 8Is there anything else you would like to tell us about that may help us evaluate your nomination (i.e., personal characteristics, obstacles you have overcome)?