High School Seniors
High school seniors who are graduating and planning to attend Gulf Coast State College can apply for Foundation scholarships. However to access a scholarship application, a senior must be officially accepted into GCSC and complete an orientation course. This also applies to dual enrolled high school seniors.
REQUIRED APPLICATION STEPS
STEP 1: (Admissions) You must apply for and be accepted into GCSC. Applications are available online at www.gulfcoast.edu. There will be an application fee. This provision also includes high school seniors who have participated in dual enrolled programs with GCSC.
STEP 2: (Orientation) This is not a requirement for applying; however, the Foundation encourages everyone to complete a GCSC orientation before you register for classes. You may complete your orientation online or by attending a class in person. Online orientation sessions are available at www.gulfcoast.edu.
STEP 3: (Financial Aid) This is not a requirement for applying; however the Foundation encourages everyone to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. You may apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.gulfcoast.edu or www.fafsa.gov . The GCSC school code is 001490.
STEP 4: Set up access to your “myGCSC” account, Lighthouse, Canvas, and GCSC email accounts at www.gulfcoast.edu Both may require different usernames and passwords.
STEP 5: Login in your “myGCSC” portal and log in to your Lighthouse account and locate the application link in your “student” tab or “financial aid” tab. Please note: the application link will be available in the financial aid tab if an applicant has applied for financial aid using FAFSA.
STEP 6: (Scholarships) Once steps 1, 4, and 5 have been completed, log-in to AcademicWorks and apply for Foundation scholarships.
DEADLINE FOR APPLYING
Unless otherwise indicated, the Foundation’s scholarship application is available from January 1st through April 15th. Scholarships with automatic consideration do not require an additional application.
High School Honors: The priority deadline for applying for High School Honors Scholarships is April 15th. Applicants must have a “weighted” GPA of 3.5 or higher to be considered.
General Foundation Scholarships: (Committee Select) The priority deadline for applying for the Foundation’s general endowed scholarships is April 15th. Please note there may be a few select scholarships that have application due dates past April 15th. You will be able to make the determination by reviewing the guidelines for a specific scholarship.
Foundation Departmental Scholarships: (Faculty Select) These scholarships are selected by members of the GCSC faculty or staff. The responsibility for setting priority application deadlines rests with the GCSC department in charge of selecting a recipient or recipients.
Foundation Community or Organizational Scholarships: (Donor Select) These scholarships are selected by members of the community. The responsibility for setting priority application deadlines rests with the individual or group in charge of selecting a recipient or recipients.
HIGH SCHOOL RECOGNITION
The Foundation will make all reasonable attempts to recognize scholarship recipients who are graduating high school seniors. However due to the April 15th application deadline, the selection of recipients may not become official before a high school’s senior recognition or graduation ceremonies. The Foundation reserves the right to recognize a high school senior as “a potential scholarship nominee” for recognition purposes; however, please note the nominee may or may not be officially selected by the scholarship committee. The Foundation will not be responsible for any announcements, recognition, or award claims generated by a high school (prior to the official awarding of scholarships) unless pre-approved by the Foundation.
HIGH SCHOOL HONORS SCHOLARSHIPS
The Foundation awards high school honors scholarships to deserving seniors who have attended a public high school or qualified charter school in Bay, Gulf, or Franklin counties. To apply an applicant must follow these requirements:
- Must have a “weighted” grade point of 3.5 or higher.
- Must have a recommendation for your senior adviser/counselor
- Must be senior graduate of good academic standing.
- Must have applied and been accepted to GCSC.
- Must write an essay.
- Complete and submit an application between January 1st and April 15th.
High School Honors Application and Selection Process
Applications for the Foundation’s High School Honors scholarship can be found inside a general application.
The honors scholarship application process is more involved than other applications. However the rewards are greater. The Foundation recommends that an applicant start the honors application process at least 4 weeks before the deadline of April 15th. Once inside the honors application, you will be asked to complete the following “required” application steps:
- Send a reference request to your senior class guidance adviser/counselor (VERY IMPORTANT); Let your adviser/counselor know you are sending a reference request!
- Answer the following essay questions:
Who in your life has been your biggest influence and why?
How will this scholarship help you in your career goals?
What defines you as an honors student?
High School Honors scholarship recipients are selected by a committee comprised of faculty and staff of GCSC. All applications are reviewed, scored, and ranked. Selections are made based on the ranking. The High School Honors scoring committee reserves the right to select as many qualified candidates as deemed necessary. The scoring committee will not pre-designate scholarship slots to every school. Since the selection is based on rankings, the number of recipients chosen from any one school may vary.
High School Honors scholarship recipients will be recognized by the Foundation. The Foundation will be responsible for notifying the high school guidance office if a recipient is chosen from their high school.
High School Honors scholarship recipients will not be considered for any of the Foundation’s general scholarships (Committee Select). High School Honors awards are renewable for an extra year provided the recipient is still attending GCSC, maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and is a student in good standing.
Students from the following schools are allowed to apply for High School Honors scholarships: A. Crawford Mosley High School, Bay High School, Bay Virtual School, Deane Bozeman School, Franklin County School, J.R. Arnold High School, North Bay Haven Charter Academy, Port St. Joe High School, Rutherford High School, and Wewahitchka High School.
High School References Resources
Have you been asked to be a high school honors reference? Need help?
Watch this short tutorial (03:19 min): Click to see video (Password) – reference4