Gates FIRST Scholarship

In support of the FIRST mission, Gates Corporation is offering one merit-based scholarship, for $4,000 per year for four years, to high school seniors who have participated on a 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Team. This scholarship may be utilized for an Engineering course of study at any United States college or university that holds accredited status.

  • Three (3) finalists will be chosen from essay entries. Phone interview with the finalists will determine the ultimate scholarship winner.
  • Essays must be received by Gates by end of day April 27, 2018.
  • Finalists to be selected by May 31, 2018.


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a senior in high school for the 2017-2018 school year
  • Have participated on a team during the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
  • Provide evidence that your 2018 FRC team used a belt on its competition robot
  • Provide proof of enrollment every year for renewal

Submission of Scholarship Application Package

Your complete 2018 Gates FIRST Scholarship application package must be submitted online, no later than April 27, 2018, 11:59 p.m. MST. Scholarship application packages submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Application package includes:

  • A completed Gates FIRST Scholarship Online Application
  • A one page or shorter answer to the Gates 2018 Challenge Question, uploaded as a Word doc, PDF or image file. The 2018 Challenge Question is below.
  • A one page or shorter letter of recommendation from an adult mentor/coach on your FIRST team, confirming the use of a belt drive on the competition robot and your participation in the 2018 FRC season, uploaded as a Word doc, PDF or image file.

Gates 2018 FIRST Scholarship Challenge Question

How are you planning on using your future engineering degree, knowledge, and skills for the overall betterment of society and the general advancement of the engineering field at large?

Questions? Email Gates at

Submit scholarship application and required documents here.

About Gates Corporation

The Gates Corporation is a global, diversified industrial company that provides advanced power transmission and fluid transfer solutions by engineering products and services that reduce the total cost of ownership for a wide variety of applications. Our products and services serve customers in five key end market segments: Energy/Exploration/Extraction, Infrastructure & Agriculture, Transportation, Automotive, and Process & Specialty.

As an engineering leader with a strong foundation in research and development, Gates is committed to advancing the science of motion performance by developing safe, forward-thinking products, services, systems, and solutions, as well as fostering long-term customer and employee relationships. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Gates employs over 14,000 people across 106 locations in 30 countries.

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