Public Service Initiative: Columbia Gates Millennium Scholars offering application support

My name is Chimsom Orakwue and I am a sophmore at Columbia University. I am President of a group on campus called Columbia University Public Service Initiative (CU-PSI), a network of Gates Millennium Scholars and others interested in bridging the gap in access to higher education. We have formed this organization to support high school students in navigating the college admissions process.

Download the PSI flyer here (PDF)

The CU-PSI Help Room assists high school students who desire the guidance of a Columbia student mentor in completing college applications, financial aid forms, and scholarship essays. In particular, we focus on helping students apply to the Gates Millennium Scholarship, a program that provides low-income minority students with funding and support to complete an undergraduate degree.

We are reaching out to high schools in the area to inform them about this exciting project and to request their help in spreading the message to students who are the intended beneficiaries of the Help Room. Ideally, we would like to make a presentation to the students directly about our program and how they can participate.

I would love to discuss with you how we can work together and help your students achieve their potential. If you are interested, please let me know about your availability at or 832-341-4001. I look forward to hearing back from you.


Chimsom Orakwue
President, Public Service Initiative (PSI)
An initiative by Gates Millennium Scholars at Columbia University

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