Gateway Scholars

A mentoring program of the Public Education Foundation

Prepare All Students for College and Career

Building on the success of an initial investment in the Fall of 2017 that supported Chattanooga 2.0’s eighth urgent strategy “Prepare All Students for College and Career,” Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invited Chattanooga to apply to be part of a new P-16 initiative. The P-16 Framework ensures all students, especially those from low income communities and students of color have access to educational opportunities from Pre-K through postsecondary.

One aspect of the P-16 initiative is to increase the number of students who graduate from our seven high schools (Brainerd, Central, East Ridge, Hixson, Howard, Red Bank, and Tyner) enroll and then complete a college degree or a credential with value in our economy.

In partnership with Hamilton County Schools, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), Chattanooga State Community College, East Tennessee State University, and Lane College we created the Gateway Scholars program.


Facilitate and enhance students’ transition to college
Provide an opportunity to engage early in their college experience
Continue support and interaction throughout their collegiate experience
Gateway Scholars will be assigned to a College Advancement Mentor who is responsible for supporting them to and through their college experience.

The following tenets frame the overall work of helping students stay in school and earn a college degree:
Advocacy Mentorship Learning Engagement


PEF Initiatives

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