New and Transfer Students
New and transfer students who have been officially accepted to attend GCSC are eligible to apply for Foundation scholarships. The Foundation’s general application is available anytime. Details on specific scholarship application periods are noted below.
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: Set up your GCSC Email account. All students will have a student email account (@my.gulfcoast.edu) through the College’s email system.
STEP 3: (Optional) (Financial Aid) This is not a requirement for applying; however, the Foundation encourages everyone to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 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, and Canvas at www.gulfcoast.edu Both may require different usernames and passwords.
STEP 5: Log in to your “myGCSC” portal and find your Lighthouse account. Locate the Foundation scholarship application link in your “student” tab or “financial aid” tab. Please note: the scholarship 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 Blackbaud Award Managment (formerly AcademicWorks) and apply for Foundation scholarships.
DEADLINE FOR APPLYING
Unless otherwise indicated, the Foundation’s scholarship application is available from December 1st through March 15th. Scholarships with automatic consideration do not require an additional application.
General Foundation Scholarships: (Committee Select) The priority deadline for applying for the Foundation’s general endowed scholarships is March 15th. Please note there may be a few select scholarships that have application due dates past March 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.