Scholarship & Mentorship


The Moonshot Dreamers Scholarship is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, African American men, who are high school seniors or current first generation undergraduate/graduate students from low-income households pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics) degrees. 


Scholars will receive $3,000 in funding for the cost of attendance* that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a Scholar's college or university. This is currently a one-time scholarship award for the Fall 2024 semester.

*Cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, and transportation, and may include other personal costs.

Who is a Moonshot Dreamer?

A Moonshot Dreamer is an individual whose ambitions far exceed the cards they were dealt in life. They are not necessarily an "A-type" student. Moonshot Dreamers make do with what they have and work their way towards a better life through hard work, discipline, and persistence. Moonshot Dreamers are big thinkers and doers. They are individuals that want to positively impact their community and genuinely believe they are crazy enough to change the world, but just need a little push. And that is what we aim to achieve through scholarship and mentorship.

How to Apply

You don't. We will find and get in contact with you, similarly to how college sports recruit their prospective student-athletes. We will be working with school districts, individual schools, counselors, coaches, diversity centers, community leaders, etc. to find student nominees. If you've already done the work and demonstrated great character our aim is to find you. 

How to Nominate a Student

Complete the form below: 

Basic Eligibility

To be considered, students must be:

Additionally, a student must plan to enroll or be currently enrolled full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.

*First-generation college student means that you are the first person in your immediate family to attend college

Ideal Candidate

An ideal candidate will have:

Scholarship Process

First Round - One 15-20 minute interview with the nominator.

Second Round - One 15-20 minute interview with the nominated student.

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Note to reader

This scholarship is intended for individuals who need a nudge in the right direction. It is intended for someone who has consistently chosen a positive path when positive has not always been an abundant option. This scholarship is not necessarily for the "A-type" of student or the student with abundant resources. This scholarship is not intended for any friends or families of the Moonshot Dreamer's board members or scholarship committee.  

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Founder/President- Gus Jenkins

Gus was born and raised in Philadelphia. After graduating from G.W. Carver High School for Engineering & Science, Gus was accepted into Villanova University via the AAP program. At Villanova, Gus studied Mechanical Engineering. After graduating from Villanova, Gus attended Carnegie Mellon University where he received dual masters' degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Engineering & Technology Innovation Management. Gus is a professional Software Engineer and entrepreneur. Throughout his journey, he met individuals that were generous with their time, resources, and kindness that helped nudge him in the right direction and break through barriers that were in his path. As a result he started Moonshot Dreams to give back. In his spare time he enjoys reading, salsa dancing, and playing basketball. 

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