Selection Process

The scholarship selection process takes approximately four to eight weeks after a scholarship application deadline. The Foundation’s goal is to find and provide one “general” scholarship to every deserving student who has been selected by the Gulf Coast State College’s scholarship scoring committee. This is because we have more demand for our scholarships than are available.

A scholarship application review and scoring committee consisting of GCSC faculty and staff will review over 800 scholarship applications. The committee will assign a score and rank each application. Once the rankings are complete, the Foundation staff will begin the task of finding scholarships that best suit both the donor’s intent, as well as, the student’s needs.


Scholarship Selection and Awarding Process:

  1. General application is completed, signed and submitted by the application deadline.
  2. The application is reviewed and scored by a committee.
  3. If selected, the Foundation will issue a “scholarship offer” to the applicant. The offer is sent via GCSC email.
  4. The scholarship nominee must decide either to “accept” or “decline” the scholarship offer.
  5. If accepted, the Foundation will send an award letter via GCSC email to the recipient noting details of the scholarship award.
  6. Once all Foundation requests are completed, the Foundation will transfer the scholarship award to financial aid.

Please note: All applicants who are not selected will be put on a waiting list for future consideration. Not all scholarship opportunities have the same selection process or criteria. Some changes in the procedures may occur.


REMEMBER a scholarship award is not FINAL until two things happen 1) an award amount has been established for that scholarship and 2) an award “offer” notification has been sent to and “accepted” by the recipient.

Scholarship offer notifications will be sent to the recipient through his/her Gulf Coast State College email account. Offer notifications are also posted inside the recipient’s scholarship application file. No offers will be sent to a recipient’s personal email account (i.e. gmail, yahoo, icloud, etc.).

Please be patient through the process. It is up to the applicant to regularly check for updates by logging in to his/her scholarship application file or by staying connected to his/her Gulf Coast State College email.