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Foundation Scholarships

Galveston College is committed to providing scholarship opportunities to deserving students by seeking funds from individuals, businesses, organizations, and college resources.  The criteria for eligibility and the award amount for these scholarships has been developed in cooperation with each scholarship sponsor.

The scholarship program at Galveston College encourages graduating high school seniors, transfer students and currently enrolled students to apply for scholarship monies.  Awards range from $500 to $2,500 per academic year.  Academic excellence, financial need, displayed leadership abilities and participation in extracurricular activities are taken into consideration during the award process.

Apply for Galveston College Foundation Scholarships

For any of the Galveston College Foundation Scholarships listed below, download and complete all required applications and documentation and return to the Galveston College Financial Aid Office.

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Galveston College Scholarships

(All students are eligible to apply. See list of scholarships below.)

  1. Galveston College Foundation scholarship applications will be matched with the individual scholarship criteria.  Students are required to submit only ONE application to be considered for every scholarship.
  2. Fill out the complete application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  3. Complete all personal contact information and optional information to be considered for all scholarships.
  4. List your current GPA (grade point average) and attach a copy of your current high school or college transcript.
  5. List your major or program of study.
  6. Attach two letters of reference.  Some suggested references are: employers, teachers, other school officials (high school or college), social worker, counselors, ministers, and civic leaders.  Letters of reference must be on professional letterhead.
  7. Type the required original essay containing 250 words or less about your needs and/or goals related to how a scholarship will help you advance your educational goals.
  8. List any other related information, such as social or civic clubs (past or present), community volunteer service, awards, and/or honors.
  9. It is highly recommended that you complete a FAFSA application at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  10. Submit all of the required materials by the due date.  Late applications will not be considered.

2017 – 2018 Scholarship Application Filing

The scholarships listed in this publication may be applied for by contacting the Galveston College Financial Aid Office on the first floor of Moody Hall and submitting a general scholarship application.  Some scholarships may require additional information.  The awards are made for the 2017-2018 year for Fall and/or Spring semesters.

Deadline:  Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on April 13, 2017.

About the Scholarships

AMERICAN CULTURAL SCHOLARSHIP

The scholarship was established by the Multi Ethnic Club at Galveston College for students of any ethnic heritage who demonstrate an appreciation of multicultural studies in language, theater, music or community service.

MARIONETTE BEYAH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Established by the Faculty council in memory of long-time faculty member Marionette Beyah. Applicants should be an office administration major who demonstrates financial need. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 is required. Funds are for tuition, fees and books.

ROB BRASIER MEMORIAL AWARD*

This scholarship is funded by the Braiser Family Fund in memory of their son, Rob Braiser. It is awarded the Galveston College sophomore baseball athlete with highest G.P.A.

SISTER AGNESITA BROSNAN, C.C.V.I. MEMORIAL / MORGAN HUMPHRIES SCHOLARSHIP

This award was established by St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary in memory of Sister Mary Agnesita. The scholarship provides funds for tuition, fees, books, supplies and nursing uniforms.  It is awarded to full-time students who are enrolled in the associate degree nursing program (ADN). Candidates for the award must maintain a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 and provide two letters of recommendation from nursing faculty.

BEN S. AND MARJORIE BROWN TRUST SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is awarded to full or part-time students, preferably male, who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled for a minimum of 6 semester hours. Successful candidates must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.

JOAN CANNADY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established by John Cannady in memory of his wife, Joan. Candidates should be enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours, enrolled in a degree or certificate program, show financial need, and be a resident of Galveston. Candidates must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0.  Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.

LYNN LEVIN CANTINI MEMORIAL NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2016 in memory of Lynn Levin Cantini. Her role as a benefactor and educator in the Galveston community inspired her family and friends to acknowledge her spirit of philanthropy and compassion with a fund for nursing students at Galveston College.  Applicants must: be a United States citizen or actively pursuing permanent residency or citizenship; be accepted and enrolled, full-time in the Nursing Program at Galveston College; have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale; demonstrate need for financial aid; state (written) future goals and how those goals will be achieved; complete an essay (maximum of 500 words) expressing how a caring attitude, their nursing education, and their ability to “pay-it-forward will assist them in making future contributions to the nursing profession.  Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, uniforms and shoes, supplies, student nurse dues (service to the profession in an area established by the Texas State Board of Nursing, i.e. NCLEX-RN, Pearson Vue fees), and other, with permission.

COCA COLA SCHOLARSHIP

Applicants for the Coca-Cola Scholarship should be full or part-time students who demonstrate financial need and who are enrolled in a minimum of 6 semester hours. Candidates must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.

CULINARY ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

Applicants should be full-time Culinary Arts students who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours in their second year. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 is required, along with two letters of recommendation. One letter will be from employer or faculty and one from a personal reference. Funding is for tuition, fees and books.

WILLIAM MAURY DARST SCHOLARSHIP

This award was established by the Galveston College Faculty Council in memory of charter faculty member William Maury Darst. Applicants should full-time students who demonstrate financial need. Candidates must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0.  Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.

DARST BY INVITATION SCHOLARSHIP*

This award was established by the Galveston College Faculty Council in memory of charter faculty member William Maury Darst. Candidates are invited to apply upon recommendation by the AAS faculty.  Candidates must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.8.  Primary preference will be given to students whose program of choice is History. Secondary preference will be given to students whose program of choice is one of the following: AA English, AA Political Science, AA Health & Physical Education, AA Criminal Justice, AA/AS Psychology, AA Speech Communications, AA Art, AA Drama, and AA Sociology/Social Work.  Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books. Preference will also be given to students who participate in the “life of the college” through student organizations and activities.

JOHN PARKER DAVIE TRUST

This award was established through the Trust Department of Moody National Bank. Successful candidates for the scholarship should be enrolled at least 12 hours and pursue technical careers. Candidates must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.

LAWRENCE J. DEL PAPA MEMORIAL NURSING ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP

The Lawrence J. Del Papa Memorial Nursing Scholarship award is for students enrolled full-time in pursuit of an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (two-year program) or the Licensed Vocational Nurse Technical Level 2 Certificate (18 month program). Scholarship support may be used for tuition, fees, books, licensing and testing fees, and program specific equipment.  Scholarship recipients must maintain a 2.75 G.P.A.

THE EASTER-WILSON NAMED SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established by Dr. Gary E. Wilson and Mrs. Diane Easter Wilson in honor of Mrs. Normagene Wilson and in memory of Mr. Finis Easter, Mrs. Frances Easter and Mr. Cecil Wilson. Successful scholarship candidates must have completed 12 credit hours with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. Candidates must show financial need and be a citizen of the United States. Preference will be given to students who intend to get a degree in the analytical and physical sciences (engineering, math, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science or information science). Candidates may attend classes on a full or part-time basis. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees, books, and education-related software.

EDMONDS/NELSON/CRAFT/PARKER SCHOLARSHIP

This award was established by the Edmonds Foundation and in memory of Gene Nelson and Clair Singleton Craft and Mrs. Gladnie O. Parker. Scholarship applicants must pursue a teaching career and enroll in a minimum of 12 semester hours. A minimum G.P. A. of 2.5 is required. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.

LAURA MAE ELROD SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established by Deacon Tom Hunter, the Board of the Lasker Home for Children, and friends of Ms. Elrod, a respected, retired Galveston teacher. Scholarship recipients must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours, enrolled in a degree or certificate program, show financial need, and be a resident of Galveston. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 is required. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.

EXXONMOBIL SCHOLARSHIP*

Scholarship candidates must obtain eligibility and criteria recommendation from Dean and/or faculty from the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center.

GALVESTON COLLEGE SCHOLARS SCHOLARSHIP

This award was established to give financial assistance to full or part-time students who have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or above, and, who must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 semester hours. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.

GREATER TEXAS FOUNDATIONS SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship endowment was created in 2008 through the generosity of the Greater Texas Foundation. The awards are made to Galveston College students who show financial need. The scholarship can be used for tuition, fees and books.

GREENWOOD/MILLS/PATTISON SCHOLARSHIP

This award was established in memory of Ingrid Greenwood, Margaret Mills and Mary Pattinson. Successful applicants must be full-time students (12 semester hours), demonstrate financial need, be enrolled in a degree or certificate program and be residents of Galveston. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 is required.

DRS. CHARLES ERIC AND OCTAVIA HALL ENDOWMENT FUND SCHOLARSHIP*

This scholarship program is designed to recruit academically exceptional students into the field of nursing and health sciences. The awards are distributed to deserving well-qualified, full-time students who wish to enter nursing or health sciences programs.  Applicants must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 and meet other specific requirements.

HERMES / JORDAN ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP

Must be a full-time student, enrolled in softball or volleyball in the GC Whitecaps Athletics Program. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 is required. Funding is for tuition, fees, books and educational materials.

MICHAEL HODGE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established by the Hodge family in memory of Galveston College Associate Professor of English, Michael Hodge. The award is available to full and part-time students enrolled in a minimum of 6 semester hours and who are pursuing a degree in the humanities or fine arts. A minimum G.P. A. of 2.5 is required. Scholarship funds are to be used for tuition, fees and books.

FRIENDS OF TRUDY JORDAN SCHOLARSHIP

The scholarship was established in honor of Trudy Jordan by her friends to recognize her many years of dedicated service to women’s sports in Galveston. The scholarship is available to any young woman demonstrating leadership in her professional field or discipline. Funds can be used for tuition, fees and books.

CARL KELLY SCHOLARSHIP

Anonymous donors created this endowed scholarship to honor Regent Carl Kelly who has served on the Galveston College Board of Regents since 1998. Successful candidates must be enrolled full or part-time, have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 and show financial need. Candidates must be citizens of the United States. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.

CECILE KEMPNER VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOLARSHIP*

This scholarship was created through the generosity of the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund in 2012. The awards are made to students in Galveston College’s Vocational Technical programs. The scholarship provides full tuition, fees and supplies.  Scholarships are awarded through the faculty at the Applied Technology Center.

LAMBDIN SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established by Griff Lambdin, a charter member of Galveston College Board of Regents, in memory of his son, Marc. Preference is given to candidates who demonstrate financial need. Successful candidates may be full- or part-time, residents of the Galveston College district, and have a degree plan on file with the Galveston College Counseling office. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 is required. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.

JOHN P. MCGOVERN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FOR HEALTH SCIENCES

This scholarship is awarded to optimally performing students accepted into a certification or degree program in nursing or health sciences at Galveston College. Universal Access scholarship recipients and Health Science majors are preferred candidates. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 or better is required. Funds can be applied towards digital equipment, pads, laptops, etc.

CLELIE ANN MOORE CERAMICS SCHOLARSHIP*

This scholarship is awarded each spring semester to a full- or part-time student enrolled in a ceramic arts class. Scholarship covers tuition for one ceramics class and clay supplies. This scholarship shall be awarded to a different student each year. For more information on how to apply, contact Beth Thomas at (409) 944-1309.

MR. & MRS. JESSE MURILLO SCHOLARSHIP

This award was established by the Murillo family to recognize students with interests in the arts or humanities. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 is required and each student must be enrolled in arts or humanities class. Successful candidates must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 semester hours. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.

NIELSON MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in memory of Richard Lovelace and Laura Bragg McDaniel, and, in honor of Neils Nielson. The award is available to any student enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours per semester, with at least one Galveston College music course. Students must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5.  Scholarship funds are to be used for tuition, fees and books.

OLGA OLSON CULINARY SCHOLARSHIP 

This scholarship was established in the memory of Olga Olson by family members who wanted to recognize her personal accomplishments and those as a professional cook. The scholarship is available to a female student who has completed at least thirty hours towards her degree with an emphasis in Culinary Arts. The student must have a 3.0 G.P.A. The scholarship can be used for tuition, fees and books.

LARRY PATTON SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 2008 to honor longtime Galveston College Professor of Music, Dr. Larry Patton. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition and fees.  Preference will be given to students enrolled in Music courses.

REGENTS SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established for students enrolled for a minimum of 6 hours in a degree or certificate program. Successful applicants must be residents of Galveston. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 is required. Funding is applied toward tuition, fees, books and educational materials.

DR. & MRS. JAMES AND CHARLI ROHACK SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established to meet non-tuition educational expenses of Galveston College students. Successful applicants must have a minimum G.P.A. for 2.75 and may be full-time or part-time. Preference will be given to students enrolled in Nursing and Health Science programs.

ROTARY CLUB OF GALVESTON FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

This scholarship was created in 2013-2014 through the generosity of the Galveston Rotary Club Foundation for qualified students enrolled in degree plans to complete a sixty-hour program. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 is required. The scholarship award is to be applied towards tuition and fees.

MONICA CECILIA RUIZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Established by Drs. Robert and Patricia Beach in honor of Monica C. Ruiz. Scholarship provides financial aid to eligible students pursuing a nursing degree.  Students may be a full or part-time in good standing with Galveston College, enrolled in and maintain at least six credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Preference will be given to a citizen of the United States, a resident of the City of Galveston for at least twelve consecutive months prior to award, female, Hispanic, single-parent. Preference may be given to students based on financial need when other criteria are met.  Scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, and books.

JANICE STANTON SCHOLARSHIP

Janice D. Stanton served as a member of the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents from 1983 until 2004. Before Ms. Stanton’s final term ended, friends and family gathered to raise $10,000 for the named scholarship with the help of the Galveston College Foundation. Mrs. Stanton continues to serve her community in civic affairs. Successful scholarship recipients must demonstrate clear involvement with community and/or social service projects in Galveston and maintain a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0.

TEXAS BOOK COMPANY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is open to full-time or half-time students who are enrolled in no fewer than six credit hours and maintain a G.P.A. of 2.2. Preference will be given to students pursuing degrees in the following order: Business Administration, Accounting, and Medical Administration.  All applicants must have a letter of recommendation from one faculty member.

JEAN THOMPSON PSYCHOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was begun by Jean Thompson and her daughter, Dr. Barbara Thompson, to award students interested in the field of Psychology. Student recipients must demonstrate their interest in psychology, maintain a G.P.A. of 2.0, and attend Galveston College on a full or part-time basis. Scholarship funds are awarded for tuition, fees and books.

RUDY TOMJANOVICH SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established by former NBA Champion Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich and his wife, Sophie, to benefit students in the Galveston/Houston area. Focus is on students who have financial need and show meritorious pursuit of learning and higher education. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 semester hours and maintain a G.P.A. of 2.0. Funding can be used for tuition, fees and books.

UNIVERSITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SCHOLARSHIP

The University Federal Credit Union created this scholarship for students enrolled in the Arts or Humanities. Students must have a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. The scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, books and educational materials.

FRANCISCO “PACO” VARGAS/GALVESTON COUNTY RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION CULINARY ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

Established in honor of Francisco “Paco” Vargas, a long-term and well known chef, restaurateur, and resident of Galveston, to allow students majoring in Culinary Arts, Hospitality/Restaurant Management, or a service industry program, to further their educational goals. Students must enroll full or part-time; must indicate career plan in—and enroll in—a program of study leading to a certificate or degree in Culinary Arts, Hospitality/Restaurant Management, or in a closely related service industry program; must be admitted to Galveston College in good standing, or if already enrolled, be in good standing with a GPA of 2.0. Applicants nominated by the Galveston County Restaurant Association will be given preference provided that the applicant meets all other established criteria.  Scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies, and/or other educational expenses, including but not limited to transportation, housing, food, and/or child care.

WINDLE VOCAL FUND SCHOLARSHIP

The Windle Vocal Fund is for students pursuing a career in the performing arts with an emphasis on voice or choral training. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.2 is required. Full- or part-time students with a minimum enrollment of 9 hours per semester are eligible.

*Scholarship recipients selected by Program Director or other process.