Gateway Scholars Program

The Bucknell Gateway Scholars Program offers significant financial aid support to high-achieving, first-generation college students. The program enrolls 20 first-year students per academic year, who will have their demonstrated financial need met without loans.

Recipients will also benefit from ongoing outreach, mentorship and guidance to support their success — including GenFirst!@Bucknell, which pairs first-generation first years with faculty and staff members who were also the first in their families to attend a four-year institution.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be the first in their family to graduate with a four-year college degree
  • Possess outstanding academic records
  • Demonstrate high financial need

To be considered, students must apply for admission to Bucknell as well as complete their application for financial aid (which includes submitting both the CSS Profile and the FAFSA) by Nov. 15 for Early Decision I and Jan. 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision. Applicants do not need to apply for merit scholarships to be considered for the Gateway Scholars Program.