High School Seniors

The Foundation welcomes high school seniors who have been accepted into Gulf Coast State College to apply for scholarships. Last year over 200 high school seniors were selected for Foundation scholarships. All applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. High school scholarship applicants must have completed and submitted a Gulf Coast State College admissions application and received acknowledgment of acceptance from the College before starting the scholarship application process. This includes all “dual-enrolled” students who are currently attending Gulf Coast State College.

Honors Scholarships

Each year, the Foundation awards 10-15 high school honors scholarships to seniors attending school in the Gulf Coast State College service district of Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties. Any senior can apply for the high school honors scholarship. Selection preference and primary consideration will be given to seniors who have exceptional weighted grade point averages and proficient answers to the high school application essay questions.

High School Honors scholarship recipients are selected by a committee comprised of faculty and staff of Gulf Coast State College. All applications are reviewed, scored, and ranked. Selections are made based on the ranking. The scoring committee will not pre-designate scholarship slots to every school. Since the selection is based on rankings and applicant qualifications, the number of recipients chosen from any one school may vary.

Guidance Counselor or Senior Advisor Recommendations

All qualified HSH applications must have a recommendation from the applicant’s guidance counselor or senior adviser. A recommendation email link is provided inside the HSH application. The applicant must know their counselor or adviser’s email address before submitting the recommendation. All counselor or adviser recommendations are confidential; the applicant will not be able to review the results. It is the responsibility of the applicant (not the counselor or adviser) to track and monitor the recommendation submittal. The Foundation recommends that applicants notify their adviser or counselor before submitting their electronic recommendation. The deadline for submitting recommendations is March 15th.

Recognition Ceremonies

The Foundation will make all reasonable attempts to recognize scholarship recipients who are graduating high school seniors. However due to the March 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.