The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program announces the entire list of students selected for the GMS Class of 2014 in a press release. To download the complete listings of our GMS Class of 2014 Scholars by their Home State or by their School’s State.

The 2015 GMS Online Application will be available August 1, 2014. For the complete list of eligibility criteria, click here.

Please always refer to this site for official GMS information and timelines (including the application deadline).

Starbuck’s Invests in Workers…

A New Way to Earn a University Degree Without the Cost: Work at Starbucks


A New Way to Earn a University Degree Without the Cost: Work at Starbucks

Barista has long been one of those dead-end jobs that parents threaten their kids with should they slack off in their education.

“You better study for that math test,” the stereotypical concerned parent might say, “or you’re going to end up slinging coffee at Starbucks for the rest of your days!”

But now with a new announcement from the Seattle-based coffee giant, selling grande lattes might not be the the end of a barista’s educational journey. The company just announced it will reimburse employees who earn an online degree. In partnership with the well regarded Arizona State University, Starbucks is offering free tuition to the university’s 33 undergraduate and about 30 graduate online programs with no obligation to pay back anything. (Click here to tweet this news.)

Who benefits from Starbuck’s new educational program?

There are a few caveats, but the deal remains pretty sweet no matter how you look at it. To be eligible, employees need to have the grades to qualify to attend Arizona State and must work 20 hours a week or more at a company-owned Starbucks (not a franchise location).

The company particularly rewards employees who have taken some classes already and are now going back to complete their degree; students who enroll as juniors or seniors get a free ride, while workers who have less than two years of college under their belt when they enroll are eligible for a partial tuition reimbursement of around $6,500. Starbucks advisors will help employees apply for PELL grants and other forms of financial assistance as well.

What could that be worth to an ambitious barista? Arizona State tuition runs about $10,000 a year, so for a Starbucks employee who enrolls as a junior and gets a free ride through graduation, that’s worth about $20,000.

Starbucks claims it’s making the heavy investment as an effort to fight inequality and develop its workforce. “There’s no doubt, the inequality within the country has created a situation where many Americans are being left behind. The question for all of us is, should we accept that, or should we try and do something about it,” CEO Howard Schultz said in a release.

Starbucks’ workers may be the big winners of this new program, but the move is also a huge win for online education in general and Arizona State University in particular. “The company isn’t disclosing the financial terms of its agreement with Arizona State University. But the program could significantly boost the enrollment for Arizona State’s online program,” commented The Huffington Post, for instance.

What other employers will pay you to go to school?

Starbucks is far from the only big employer to offer to reimburse educational expenses, but it is one of the very few that doesn’t require employees to stick around after they complete their degrees. As InThe Capital’s Molly Greenberg notes, “this is an intriguing move made by Starbucks, as most large organizations that offer tuition reimbursement plans require their employees to stay on staff for a specified duration of time in order to also benefit from their workers’ degree.”

Who else might be willing to foot the bill for your degree? Business Insider helpfully rounded up 15 companies that provide some form of tuition assistance and details on the terms of their programs. Firms include Best Buy, Home Depot, UPS and Gap.

What do you think of Starbuck’s new educational program? Would you be more likely to work for a company that offering reimbursement for education?

Jessica Stillman is a freelance writer based in London. She writes a daily column for, contributes regularly to Forbes and Women 2.0 and has blogged for CBS MoneyWatch and GigaOM, among others.

Brazen powers real-time, online events for leading organizations around the world. Our lifestyle and career blog, Brazen Life, offers fun and edgy ideas for ambitious professionals navigating the changing world of work.

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#GetThingsDone – Americorps

Loudoun Literacy Council (LLC) is seeking Americorps members for the 2014-2015 service year. AmeriCorps members’ duties include teaching English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, assisting with volunteer recruitment and training, and providing program and administrative support. This is a fun, rewarding opportunity that builds marketable skills! Members are provided a living stipend and education award. 

To apply for the position head to, for information on AmeriCorps. Click on “Apply to Serve” at and complete an AmeriCorps application.

For the program listing, search for the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) program. Submit an application to the program. LCNV is spearheading the seach, but you can request assignment to LLC.


Loudoun Literacy Council (LLC) provides basic, intermediate and advanced English literacy skills to adults and children in Loudoun County so that they may take the most basic and meaningful step toward achieving success and contributing to their community. More information about LLC go to:

AmeriCorps’s mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Check out the video about Americorps below:

Pathway Office Closing – Wednesday, June 4th

Please be advised that ALL Pathway offices will be closed on Wednesday, June 4th 2014 due to an all-day staff training.

Also, if you have not registered for fall classes, please do so as soon as possible. If you would like to meet with a Pathway counselor regarding fall 2014 class selection, please see the following link for office hours and contact information:

Remember, classes are quickly filling up, and based on the new NOVA rule there will be NO late registration allowed starting the Fall 2014. Hurry and contact your Pathway counselor!!


Pathway Program featured in Washington Post Magazine

George Mason University senior Aida Arias Reyes prepares to speak to high-schoolers on the Pathway to the Baccalaureate, a program that helped her transfer from community college. (Mary F. Calvert/For The Washington Post)

Community college-university pipeline eases higher-ed route

Written by Nick Anderson

Published: April 10 Updated: Friday, April 11, 10:30 AM

Almost a graduate of George Mason University, Aida Arias Reyes has faced so many barriers on the way to donning her cap and gown that she practically defines what it means to be a disadvantaged student. She was even forced to win admission to the university not once but twice. ¶ Born in El Salvador, Arias Reyes was raised in a small town called Santa Catarina by a grandmother after her mother came to the United States in search of work. At the time of the handoff, Aida was a year old. At 10, she survived a major earthquake that struck in 2001 when she and her grandmother were at church. Afterward, she rejoined her mother, by then a housekeeper in Northern Virginia. Aida was able to obtain “temporary protected status” because of the quake damage in her homeland. It was an in-between sort of credential, not granting permission to immigrate, but it sufficed. She entered Fairfax County public schools in fourth grade.

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