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Dear Friends of Galveston College:

As we approach year-end, we write to share our optimism for the future, thank you for your past support, and invite you to help us achieve important goals. While it is undeniable that students in today’s world face many real challenges, we’re proud that Galveston College offers real solutions.

We know that many students feel burdened by immediate needs of paying rent, buying groceries or caring for family members. Investing in higher education often seems out of reach. The pandemic has added a layer of uncertainty and some students are hesitant to pursue college.

According to a recent Comptroller report, workers with a college or an associate degree earn an average of $8,393 more annually than high school graduates. When employees are skilled and trained for high-demand jobs in our region, the local economy benefits. Out of our doors emerge Galveston’s nurses, air conditioning technicians, EMTs, teachers, and business owners.

Student success depends on their own initiative as well as support of faculty, staff, community members and generous donors. The College’s Emergency Scholarship Fund has helped students through the worst of the pandemic, and the Foundation has provided over 1,900 scholarships since the inception of its Universal Access Endowment, allowing Galveston students to graduate with little to no debt. Students enroll in college when they know they have social, academic and financial support.

We invite you to consider a gift to the Real Success Fund today. Enrollment continues to climb toward pre-pandemic levels, but we must provide support and resources that assure our students. Your investment now will bring real solutions to students who will contribute to a stronger community tomorrow.


With sincere gratitude,


Dr. Myles Shelton, President  Karen Flowers, Chair, Board of Regents
Keith McFatridge, Chair
Foundation Board of Directors



The Office of Development and the Galveston College Foundation exist to support and enhance the ability of Galveston College to achieve its mission of advancing people’s lives through lifelong learning. 

Universal Access (UA) Scholarships are provided by the Galveston College Foundation to ensure that every eligible high school graduate, or equivalent, who resides in the Galveston College taxing district, has the opportunity to attend college, receive an associate’s degree, or acquire technical training through a workforce development program and obtain a certificate. Beginning in Fall 2022, eligible Universal Access Endowment Scholarship recipients (UA) will receive an average of $104.40 per semester credit hour to cover tuition and fees. The lifetime limit is $6,264. Unused funds in any given semester or over the lifetime of the available award will be returned to the Galveston College Foundation. Beginning in Spring 2021, eligible UA students will receive Non-Tuition Educational Expenses Fund (UA+) awards of $35.00 per semester hour with a lifetime limit of $2,100. UA+ assists students with the purchase of required books, program equipment, tools, and including internet access codes. Students must initiate the UA+ award voucher process through the Financial Aid Office and comply with the requirements as stated in the application.

The traditional sources of funding available to the college (state funding, property taxes, tuition, and fees) are not enough to provide for all that needs to be done. The Galveston College Foundation provides opportunities for any individual, company or other organization to make a difference in our community by supporting Galveston College. There are many ways that you can assist the College to fulfill its vision of being.


  • Universal Access Endowment Fund
  • Universal Access Plus
  • President's Partners Fund
  • Scholarships
  • Athletic Programs
  • Planned Giving