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Scoring Committee

Welcome to the Gulf Coast State College Foundation’s scoring committee page.  Thank you for taking your time to help us find deserving students for our scholarships.

In general, you will review and score all scholarship applications assigned to you. You will be provided with a list of scoring goals and objectives to help you determine an application score.  All of your scoring will be processed online using a new system called Blackbaud Award Management (formerly Academic Works).  Once the scoring period is over, all applications will be ranked by score from highest to lowest.  The Foundation staff will review the rankings and begin the task of finding scholarships that best suit both the donor’s intent, as well as, the student’s needs.

Conflict of Interest

Applicants are comprised of students attending or planning to attend Gulf Coast State College. It is a realization that members of any review and scoring committee may have some interaction or contact with scholarship applicants due to job duties. It is this interaction that the following rules exist for the members who participate in the review and scoring of scholarship applications and/or the selection of scholarship recipients.

Rules Violation: If a member of any scholarship scoring and/or selection committee violates any rule and it is reported to the Foundation, the Foundation will forward the complaint to the College if deemed necessary. If it is determined that a violation has occurred, the member will be removed from all Foundation scoring and selection committees.

Acceptance of Cash or Gifts: A member of any scholarship scoring and/or selection committee is prohibited from accepting a cash payment, stipend, or gifts in return for: Selecting a particular scholarship applicant or applicants. For advice or guidance. (Advice or guidance must be free). Completing or helping to complete a scholarship application.Drafting or writing of a scholarship essay question or questions.

Falsifying Information: A member of any scholarship scoring and/or selection committee is prohibited from helping an applicant falsify or plagiarize information on a scholarship application.

Immediate Family: A member of any scholarship scoring and/or selection committee is prohibited from scoring an application or selecting a member of their immediate family.  A member must “abstain” from participating and should notify the Chairperson or Foundation staff member if this situation occurs.

Opting Out: A member of any scholarship scoring and/or selection committee has the option of not scoring a scholarship application or participating in the selection of a particular applicant. Especially if the scoring or selection causes a personal or professional conflict.

Blackbaud Award Management and Your Personal Account

The Foundation uses scholarship application and awarding system called Blackbaud Award Managment (formerly Academic Works).  All scoring committee members will have a personal user account set up inside the BAM system.  Your log-in will take you directly to the scholarship applications you have been assigned to score.

A notice will be sent to you via email on the first day of scoring notifying you of the number of applications you have to score along with log-in information. For most scholarships that day will be March 17.

Training/Tutorials

RECOMMENDED: BAM Reviewer Portal Overview (03.22 min): Click to see video

RECOMMENDED: Academic Works Reviewer Portal Overview (PDF)

Committee Chairs: Overview of the Reviewer Chair Roles (04:33 min): Click to see video (Password) – scholarships

Scholarship Committee Contacts

General Foundation Scholarships – Ben Schmidt, [email protected] / 872-3562

High School Honors Scholarships – Ben Schmidt, [email protected] / 872-3562

GCSC Foundation – Dunkin McLane, [email protected] / 872-3810

GCSC Foundation – Kara Gray, [email protected]  / 872-3862


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