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 2022 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. If you've already done the work and demonstrated great character our aim is to find you.
To be considered, students must be:
A high school senior or current undergraduate/graduate student
African American male
First-generation college student*
A US citizen, national, or permanent resident
Pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics) degrees
If high school senior, in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
If current undergraduate or graduate student, in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.05 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
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
An ideal candidate will have:
An outstanding academic record
If high school senior (top 20% of graduating class)
If current undergraduate or graduate student (maintain above 3.0 GPA during college career)
Demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities)
Exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)
First Round - One 15-20 minute interview with the recommender.
Second Round - One 15-20 minute interview with the recommended student.
Note: If selected as a finalist, the scholarship committee MAY ask the student to create a 1-3-minute video discussing their story and explaining how they wish to make an impact on society. After all finalists are interviewed, the scholarship committee will vote on the 2022 Moonshot Dreamers Scholarship Recipient(s).
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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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