Writing Lab

The Gulf Coast State College Foundation has an established relationship with the College’s Writing and Reading Lab. Any scholarship applicant can use the Lab’s tutorial resources to help with writing answers to the application essay questions. The Lab’s staff will assist in helping applicants with composition development, organization, mechanics, editing, grammar and punctuation. All of this is free of charge.

It is important to noted that over 60% of a scholarship application’s score comes from the answers to the essay questions. The Lab’s services are free and open to all scholarship applicants – even high school students. The College’s Writing and Reading Lab is located in the Rosenwald Classroom Building in rooms 108 and 110. No appointments are necessary; however, lab hours and tutor availability may vary. If you have questions, please contact the Lab at [email protected] or (850) 769-1551 ext. 1022.


2021-2022 Application Essay Questions

The Foundation’s general application will have two essays that need to be completed. These are required in order to be considered for a scholarship. Here are the 2021-2022 general application questions:

  1. In 500 words or less, please describe a personal achievement or your proudest moment.
  2. In 250 words or less, please tell us why you deserve this scholarship.

There is also a summer application designed for students who want to take summer 2022 classes. Here are the summer application essay questions:

  1. Why are you attending summer sessions?
  2. In 250 words or less: tell us about the value you place on education.

Foundation / Writing and Reading Lab Workshops

The Writing and Reading Lab is partnering with the Gulf Coast State College Foundation to put on a two-part workshop for current and prospective GCSC students. The purpose of the workshops is to educate students on the many different scholarship opportunities available to them through the GCSC Foundation and to guide them in creating a strong application and essay. Both sessions will occur in the Writing and Reading Lab, located in room 109 of the Rosenwald Junior College Building. Students will have the option to attend in person or through Zoom. See below for more details

GCSC Foundation Scholarships Part I: Tuesday, February 1 at 5:30 pm

Students that attend the first workshop will learn about the more than 700 scholarship opportunities available through the GCSC Foundation. We will discuss the application process as well as best practices for writing strong scholarship essays.

GCSC Foundation Scholarships Part II: Tuesday, March 1 at 5:30 pm

Students that attend the second workshop will be coached on how to improve their scholarship essays. We will discuss ways to make our writing stand-out and also educate students on what to avoid doing when it comes to crafting a scholarship essay.  

Commodore Conversations

GCSC Foundation Scholarships by Commodore Conversations

Dunkin McLane and Kara Gray of the Gulf Coast State College Foundation discuss scholarship opportunities and the scholarship opportunities and the scholarship application process. Learn how the GCSC Foundation and the Writing and Reading Lab can help earn you money for school. Click to listen.