Mary Gates Endowment For Students

Benefits & Opportunities of Being a Mary Gates Scholar

Beyond the financial benefit of your scholarship, being a part of the Mary Gates Scholar community affords you numerous other opportunities.


Leadership Scholars and Research Scholars are honored at a number of events including the annual Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership and the Undergraduate Research Symposium. In addition, past recognition events organized especially for Mary Gates Scholars include the Mary Gates Scholars Welcome Event and the Mary Gates Leadership Scholars Reception. In autumn 2004, lapel pins were designed and given to Scholars. These can be worn at special events such graduation or scholar celebrations.

Have you not received your pin? We usually hand out pins to scholars during events that they participate in. However, if you would like to receive your pin in the meantime, you can come by our office in MGH 171 and pick one up. It’s generally best to email us ahead of time and let us know you are coming so we can have one ready for you.

Opportunities to present your work

In addition to presenting their work at the events described above, Research Scholars may apply for funding to support travel to present research at professional conferences. The application process is managed by the Undergraduate Research Program. Leadership Scholars may inquire about travel support by emailing There are also occasional opportunities to display and discuss your work in more intimate settings with potential donors to the University and other members of the UW community.

Special invitations

Mary Gates Scholars receive invitations to attend dinners, lectures and receptions with prominent speakers and guests of the University. The cost of these events are covered for students.


Mary Gates Scholars have been featured in University publications and programs. Additionally, a Leadership Scholar is invited to speak at Freshman Convocation every year.

Access to a community of accomplished and driven students and alumni

Events and activities provide a forum to meet and learn from others involved with the Endowment. The Community of Mary Gates Scholars, open for any Mary Gates Scholar to join, helps organize and promote these events. Please email if you are interested in joining this group of scholars. An email list also lets you stay connected with each other. You are automatically subscribed after you receive your award.

Access to UW faculty and staff

In addition to your mentors, the Mary Gates Endowment program staff is available to discuss your ideas, your project, your leadership and research skill development, and to provide assistance with the logistics of your scholarship.


Previous workshops have covered applying for national scholarships (such as the Rhodes) and how to prepare your curriculum vitae. Have an idea for a workshop that you think would be useful for you and other scholars? Please let us know!