To be eligible for the RBS GPS Program, you must:

  • Be a rising high school junior or senior;
  • Have a strong A-B academic record;
  • Have demonstrated leadership and active involvement at school and/or in the community; and
  • Identify as African-American

No, you do not need to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply for the Guided Pathway Support Program.

Application & Deadline Requirements

To complete the Guided Pathway Support Program application, submit each of the following:

  • the online application form and
  • upload an unofficial high school transcript.

Standardized exam scores and academic resume are optional.

Unofficial transcripts are eligible for submission and are preferred.

Yes. Although we only require unofficial transcripts, those students who submit an official transcript will not be penalized.

An unofficial transcript is a student-copy of their transcript and is not considered official. It does not include a high school seal or registrar’s signature. If you have any questions on whether or not your transcript is official or unofficial, please contact your high school’s academic office to make sure it is unofficial.

No. Your test scores should not be official. Just indicate on the application what score you got on the test(s) you have taken.

If you have not received a confirmation email for your login in your inbox, please check your spam folder. If you are unsure whether you submitted the wrong email, go to the GPS home page, click Register for Free to access your saved application, and change the email address. For further assistance, email gpsprogram@ronbrown.org.


Application Submission Procedures

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Due to the large number of applicants, we are unable to accept faxed or emailed applications or any part of the application.

Applicants are notified by email and mail within four to six weeks after submitting a complete application.



Students will be selected on a competitive basis. The Guided Pathway Support Program is not limited to a minimum or maximum number of participants to accept.

The Guided Pathway Support Program seeks African American high school juniors and seniors who are active at school or in their community.

No, selection to participate for the Guided Pathway Support Program is not the same as selection for the Ron Brown scholarship. To apply for the Ron Brown scholarship, please visit www.ronbrown.org.


Managing Your Online Account

You can make a new account by going to the home page here and clicking on the “Sign Up” button. Once you’ve completed the instructions you should be able to login from the home page. If you have any further questions you can follow the step-by-step process on how to make a new account here.

  1. Go to the GPS home page at rbsgps.com.
  2. Click the green “Apply or Sign in to GPS” button in the top right corner.
  3. Click “Create a New GPS Account”
  4. On the next page, please provide the requested information and click the “Create Account” button.
  5. You should receive an email that grants access to your new account shortly.

Upon creating an account you should have received an email to the provided email address. This email will have instructions on how to activate your account. If you cannot see the email in your inbox, please check your spam folder.

If you did not receive your confirmation email in your inbox, check your spam folder.


After you have created and saved your account, you should get an email which explains how to reset your email.  Please check your inbox and spam folder.

No, resetting your password will not delete all of your work. You will have the same saved information for your application, but your password will just be different.


After a student has been accepted to the Guided Pathway Support Program, the student and their parent on record can access the GPS online community by entering their email addresses: (1) at gps.workplace.com; (2) after clicking Sign In on the GPS home page; or (3) using the link in your acceptance email. Only invited guests, accepted students, and parents of accepted students may access the community. For further assistance, please email gpsprogram@ronbrown.org.

Other Questions

If you have any other questions regarding the Guided Pathway Support Program, contact our office at (434) 964-1588 or email gpsprogram@ronbrown.org.

The Ron Brown Scholar Fund is a public 501c3 charity and administers the Ron Brown Scholar Program (RBSP). Established in 1996 by Anthony M. Pilaro to honor the late Secretary of Commerce, RBSP is a college scholarship and leadership program for African American students. Three initiatives fall under the RBSP –

– The Ron Brown Scholarship, Ron Brown – Ruth and Norman Rales Leaders Network, and the Guided Pathway Support Program (GPS), a free innovative college access initiative for African American high school juniors and seniors (as well as their parents and counselors). A high tech, high-touch approach, provides students the mentoring, information, and inspiration they need to make college accessible.

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