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Universal Access 2019

Galveston College Foundation lightens the load

Galveston College Foundation is privileged to continue working away at the tough barrier which is student debt through its Universal Access (UA) Community Endowment Scholarship program and the Non-Tuition Educational Expenses Endowment Fund (UA Plus) in 2019. The changes will mean more dollars for UA-eligible students than ever before.

Galveston College UA scholar Priscila Becerril is in her fifth semester and studying to be a nurse. She will finish in 2021-2022. She plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree after graduation.

“I would love to continue,” she said. UA has been her primary source of funding her college education.

UA is a performance-driven scholarship program where eligible students receive up to $4,620. This pays for full tuition and fees for up to 60 credit hours at Galveston College. This is enough to complete an associate degree or certification program. Students must maintain a 2.0 grade-point average. Beginning in the fall 2019 semester, the Non-Tuition Educational Expenses Scholarship (also known as UA Plus) has added a $500 stipend to help students meet costs of books, digital access and other education information costs.

Jeri Kinnear became chair of the Galveston College Foundation Board of Directors this past August. Kinnear has seen first-hand the benefits the UA program creates.

“Galveston College, through the Universal Access and UA Plus scholarship programs, evens the playing field for those who graduate from high school in Galveston and want to go to college and cannot afford to do so. And, for those who can afford to go and want a head start, we will offer the same UA and UA Plus scholarships. What a great way to begin your next step in life,” Kinnear said.

The increased funding will be a big help to Becerril in completing her degree. A Ball High School graduate, she said a lot of her classmates are like her and not eligible for federal aid but can benefit from the additional assistance.

Over the last 18 years, the Galveston College Foundation’s Universal Access Community Endowment has supported over 1,700 Galveston high school graduates. These students were not eligible for federal or state funding—oftentimes because their income exceeded eligibility limits. However, they still needed financial assistance to attend college and graduate.

The Galveston College Foundation is an independent 501(c)3, founded to support Galveston College through fundraising locally, regionally and nationally. Its mission is to support Galveston high school graduates through an earned scholarship program as they strive to obtain their first two years of a baccalaureate degree or the foundation of a career through an associate degree or certificate debt free regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Eligibility criteria for the UA scholarship program at Galveston College are available on the college’s website or by contacting the Offices of Development and Galveston College Foundation. 

Galveston College costs 7 percent less than its peers (in district) and 11 percent less (out of district). Students can save $14,000 by taking their first two years at Galveston College when compared to attending the University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston’s School of Nursing and studies at Texas A&M University at Galveston.

Galveston College received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in December 2018 to expand its traditional community-college mission to include the awarding of bachelor’s degrees. The college launched a Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management program in fall 2019 with a full cohort of students, and plans to expand its applied baccalaureate offerings in the future.

In May, the Galveston College Foundation’s full board voted to extend UA Plus funds beyond the associate degree to its scholars that choose to continue at Galveston College for a baccalaureate program.

In sharp contrast to a low of 35 percent graduation rate of students receiving federal Pell grants, a full 88 percent of students receiving support from the Universal Access endowment either graduate or obtain sufficient academic credits to transfer to a four-year institution of their choosing.

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The Office of Development and the Galveston College Foundation exist to support and enhance the ability of Galveston College to achieve its mission of advancing people’s lives through lifelong learning.

The Galveston College Foundation provides opportunities for any individual, company or organization to help the College. There are many ways you can assist the College to fulfill its mission.



Universal Access Endowment Fund

Universal Access, a nationally recognized program that the community of Galveston created, provides education and career training opportunities for Galveston citizens regardless of income. The Universal Access commitment encourages and inspires students to complete their education and improve their quality of life. Since Fall 2001 every local high school, GED and homeschooled graduate has been eligible to apply for assistance with tuition and fees through the Universal Access program at Galveston College.



Universal Access Scholarships Fund

The Galveston College Foundation holds all the College’s scholarship funds and provides for student awards on an annual basis. Named scholarships can be created as endowed funds through a $10,000 gift, while smaller amounts can be donated to unrestricted scholarships. Funding scholarships is a long-term commitment with positive implications for Galveston and College and students.

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Contact the Foundation

If you would like to request additional information or explore ways to assist Galveston College students, please contact:

Maria S. Tripovich

Director of Development and Galveston College Foundation
4015 Avenue Q
Galveston, Texas 77550
Phone: 409-944-1303
Fax: 409-944-1500
E-mail: mtripovi@gc.edu

Gloria Milton

Administrative Assistant II
4015 Avenue Q
Galveston, Texas 77550
Phone: 409-944-1306
Fax: 409-944-1500
E-mail: gmilton@gc.edu

Maria Schattenberg-Tripovich serves as Director of Development and the Galveston College Foundation. She was invited to join the College in spring, 2013. Prior to accepting this position, Maria was Director of State Public Health Initiatives and Government Affairs for the Centers of Disease Control Vision Health Initiative-Prevent Blindness Texas Project for the lower Rio Grande Valley and East Texas including Galveston County. Under a grant awarded to the CDC and Prevent Blindness America-Chicago, she raised public awareness and private funds to match limited federal education dollars for eye health in Texas.

Ophthalmology, optometry societies and vision health insurance providers matched the federal resources to provide education and even provide funds for direct services in Galveston County and in the neediest counties in the Valley. She founded a 35 member academic and service institution collaborative across Texas. The Texas Vision Health Education Initiative was recognized for its excellent use of public and private resources by the 140 year old American Public Health Association, the largest non-profit research organization specializing in tracking the nation’s healthcare services and participants. After almost a decade of NIH support to the CDC for this critically acclaimed public/private sector state-wide community health effort, Congress eliminated funding for vision health.

Her island ties are strong. Maria trained as a lawyer at Creighton University and South Texas College of Law. She interned in the Galveston County Criminal Courts under former District Attorney Michael Guarino. Her first professional position was as Arts in Education Director for the Galveston County Cultural Arts Council under Executive Director, Emily Whiteside. She coordinated all major performing arts organizations from Houston to work with the Galveston Independent School District and promoted some of the earliest civic conversations regarding the restoration of the 1894 Grand Opera House under the direction of the Council.
Her successful public and private sector development career resulted in an ability to forge sustainable collaborations in service to higher education, the arts, and health care.

She is a member of the Galveston-Houston Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Public Relations and Legislative Advocacy Society of America, and is an advisory board member for St. Basil’s Free Trade Coffee, a non-profit committed to alleviating poverty and promoting opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Central America.

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Galveston College Foundation through your gift. Making a donation online is easy and secure.

If you prefer mailing in your gift, please download the Donation Form and send it with your check or money order, made payable to the Galveston College Foundation to:

Galveston College
Development and G.C. Foundation
4015 Avenue Q
Galveston, Texas 77550

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Please feel free to contact us at 409-944-1303 with any questions.

Contact Galveston College Foundation

Maria S. Tripovich, Director of Development and G.C. Foundation

Phone

409-944-1303

Fax

409-944-1500

GC Made Accessible

To Learn More:

Maria S. Tripovich,

Director of Development and G.C. Foundation

409-944-1303

Fax: 409-944-1500

GC Made Accessible

Changes in Universal Access Guidelines Beginning Fall 2018

Beginning in the fall of 2018, the Galveston College Foundation Universal Access Community Endownment scholarhsip will institute a new lifetime limit of $4,620 for full-time and part-time students, which covers tuition and required fees for a 60-credit hour associate degree. All students must have a degree plan on file. Upon enrollment for the Universal Access Community Endowment award, a student’s allocation must be used within a five-year period. A one-time $200 book-only voucher will be given to each eligible student and must be used in the first semester that it is assessed. The un-used balance will not be forwarded to future semesters.

 

Universal Access Community Endowment Scholarship

This Galveston College scholarship is for any high school graduate in the Galveston College
tax district who is not eligible for federal or state funding. After their first semester, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA or better

The Office of Development and the Galveston College Foundation exist to support and enhance the ability of Galveston College to achieve its mission of advancing people’s lives through lifelong learning. 

Learn More

Beginning in the fall of 2018, the Galveston College Foundation Universal Access Community Endowment scholarship will institute a new lifetime limit of $4,620 for full-time and part-time students, which covers tuition and required fees for a 60-credit hour associate degree. All students must have a degree plan on file. Upon enrollment for the Universal Access Community Endowment award, a student’s allocation must be used within a five-year period. A one-time $200 book-only voucher will be given to each eligible student and must be used in the first semester that it is assessed. The un-used balance will not be forwarded to future semesters.

Learn More

The traditional sources of funding available to the college (state funding, property taxes, tuition, and fees) are not enough to provide for all that needs to be done. The Galveston College Foundation provides opportunities for any individual, company or other organization to make a difference in our community by supporting Galveston College. There are many ways that you can assist the College to fulfill its vision of being.

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Apply for FAFSA

All applicants must complete and submit: (1) a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*; (2) a Universal Access Community Endowment Scholarship application; (3) file a degree plan in the Counseling Office; and (4) submit a Galveston College admissions application. *The FAFSA is completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov

Fall 2018 Universal Access Program General Requirements
  1. Recipients must be a resident of the Galveston College taxing district for a minimum of 12 months prior to graduation from accredited high schools, successful completion of a General Educational Development (GED), or home schooling prior to enrollment into Galveston College, or otherwise qualified for an in-district waiver under state law. Student must continue to be a resident of the Galveston College taxing district while enrolled at Galveston College and receiving Universal Access Community Endowment Scholarship funds. Residency requirements are determined by the Admissions Office and should be contacted for further information.
  2. All applicants must complete and submit: (1) a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*; (2) a Universal Access Community Endowment Scholarship application; (3) file a degree plan in the Counseling Office; and (4) submit a Galveston College admissions application.  *The FAFSA is completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  3. A final high school transcript or GED certificate must be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to registration. Forms should be turned in by the Financial Aid Priority Deadline date indicated on the Universal Access Community Endowment Scholarship application. Incomplete or insufficient forms will cause processing delays.
  4. Universal Access Community Endowment Scholarship recipients are required to be enrolled as full-time or part-time students. Students must be enrolled in at least six or more credit hours per semester.
  5. If the student has received a Federal Pell Grant or any other assistance that satisfies the costs for tuition and fees, the commitment of Universal Access Community Endowment Scholarship will be considered fulfilled. Other assistance includes Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Workforce Investment Act, and state financial aid such as TEOG and any 3rd party Scholarship/Source that is directly committed to the payment of tuition and fees. If the student receives assistance that is under the total cost of tuition and fees for the academic year or workforce program, Universal Access Community Endowment will pay the difference between the amount received and the cost of tuition and fees up to the established funding limits.
  6. Universal Access Community Endowment Scholarship recipients may enroll in an academic or technical credit program as identified in the Galveston College Catalog or an approved contact hour program of at least 360 hours.
  7. Universal Access Community Endowment Scholarship will pay up to a total of 18 semester hours of developmental coursework.
  8. Renewal applicants must complete: (1) a FAFSA; (2) submit an updated degree plan signed by the Counseling Office; and (3) complete a Universal Access Community Endowment Scholarship application. The plan and application are turned in to the Financial Aid Office at Galveston College.

About the GC Foundation

To Learn More:

Maria S. Tripovich, Director of Development and G.C. Foundation

409-944-1303

Fax: 409-944-1500

About the GC Foundation

Mission Statement

The Galveston College Foundation exists to support and enhance the ability of Galveston College to accomplish its mission of improving people’s lives through lifelong learning.

Students and Support
  • 73.4% of Galveston College students attend part-time.
  • 32.8% of Galveston College students are enrolled in technical programs.
  • 30.0% of Galveston College students receive Pell-grants.
  • 26.6% of Galveston College faculty are full-time (vs. 23.7% state average).
  • In 2017, for the third year in a row, Galveston College has ranked the number one community college in Texas by Schools.com which evaluates community colleges in the Lone Star State and says Galveston College takes top honors for student success.
Development
  • Scholarships – Nurture, Prosper
  • Facilities – Build, Maintain
  • Centers – Sustain, Expand
  • Annual Fund – Recruit, Retain
Galveston College Foundation

In 1996, the Galveston College Foundation formed a separate community based non-profit, a 501 (c) 3, in large part, to establish the Universal Access program which was designed to reduce local high school drop-out rates by providing college tuition and fee payments for local high school graduates regardless of income level. The generosity of local businesses, individuals, and area foundations established an endowment of $6.2 million. This combined with federal assistance permits Galveston College to offer an unparalleled tuition assistance program for the citizens of Galveston, Texas. For additional information please see the Universal Access Guidelines and Foundation links. Consider a gift to Universal Access and click Donate Now.

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Program Director
Name Maria S. Tripovich
Title Director of Development and G.C. Foundation
Room M-300
Program Area
Development & GC Foundation
Phone 409-944-1303
Email

mtripovi@gc.edu

Admin Support Gloria Milton Ext. 306
Administrative Assistant II
Name Gloria Milton

 

Ext 306
Galveston College

The Office of Development and the Galveston College Foundation exist to support and enhance the ability of Galveston College to achieve its mission of advancing people’s lives through lifelong learning. 

Learn More

Beginning in the fall of 2018, the Galveston College Foundation Universal Access Community Endowment scholarship will institute a new lifetime limit of $4,620 for full-time and part-time students, which covers tuition and required fees for a 60-credit hour associate degree. All students must have a degree plan on file. Upon enrollment for the Universal Access Community Endowment award, a student’s allocation must be used within a five-year period. A one-time $200 book-only voucher will be given to each eligible student and must be used in the first semester that it is assessed. The un-used balance will not be forwarded to future semesters.

Learn More

The traditional sources of funding available to the college (state funding, property taxes, tuition, and fees) are not enough to provide for all that needs to be done. The Galveston College Foundation provides opportunities for any individual, company or other organization to make a difference in our community by supporting Galveston College. There are many ways that you can assist the College to fulfill its vision of being.

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DONATE NOW

The Galveston College Foundation exists to support and enhance the ability of Galveston College to accomplish its mission of improving people’s lives through lifelong learning. 

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Galveston College Foundation through your gift.

Making a donation online is easy and secure.

If you prefer to mail your gift, please download the Donation Form and send it with your check or money order, made payable to the Galveston College Foundation to:

Galveston College
Development and G.C. Foundation
4015 Avenue Q
Galveston, Texas 77550

Please feel free to contact us at 409-944-1303 with any questions.

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Program Director
Name Maria S. Tripovich
Title Director of Development and GC Foundation
Room M-300
Program Area
Development & GC Foundation
Phone 409-944-1320
Email mtripovi@gc.edu
Administrative Assistant II
Name Gloria Milton
Phone 409-944-1306
Email

gmilton@gc.edu

The Office of Development and the Galveston College Foundation exist to support and enhance the ability of Galveston College to achieve its mission of advancing people’s lives through lifelong learning. 

Learn More

Beginning in the fall of 2018, the Galveston College Foundation Universal Access Community Endowment scholarship will institute a new lifetime limit of $4,620 for full-time and part-time students, which covers tuition and required fees for a 60-credit hour associate degree. All students must have a degree plan on file. Upon enrollment for the Universal Access Community Endowment award, a student’s allocation must be used within a five-year period. A one-time $200 book-only voucher will be given to each eligible student and must be used in the first semester that it is assessed. The un-used balance will not be forwarded to future semesters.

Learn More

The traditional sources of funding available to the college (state funding, property taxes, tuition, and fees) are not enough to provide for all that needs to be done. The Galveston College Foundation provides opportunities for any individual, company or other organization to make a difference in our community by supporting Galveston College. There are many ways that you can assist the College to fulfill its vision of being.

2018
2017 2016
2015 2014
2013 2012
2011 2010
2009 2008

ACCESS NEWSLETTER

Winter 2019 | Summer 2018 | Spring 2015 | Fall 2014

Galveston College Foundation

The Galveston College Foundation provides opportunities for any individual, company or organization to help the College. There are many ways you can assist the College to fulfill its mission:

The Office of Development and the Galveston College Foundation exist to support and enhance the ability of Galveston College to achieve its mission of advancing people’s lives through lifelong learning. 

Donation Form

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Galveston College Foundation through your gift. Making a donation online is easy and secure.

If you prefer mailing in your gift, please download the Donation Form and send it with your check or money order, made payable to the Galveston College Foundation to:

Galveston College
Development and G.C. Foundation
4015 Avenue Q
Galveston, Texas 77550

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Universal Access Endowment Fund

Universal Access, a nationally recognized program that the community of Galveston created, provides education and career training opportunities for Galveston citizens regardless of income. The Universal Access commitment encourages and inspires students to complete their education and improve their quality of life. Since Fall 2001 every local high school, GED and home schooled graduate has been eligible to apply for assistance with tuition and fees through the Universal Access program at Galveston College.

Download, Fill and Print Form

Universal Access Book Fund

Recently, A one-time book stipend of $200 to assist eligible students. Universal Access, a nationally recognized program that the community of Galveston created, provides education and career training opportunities for Galveston citizens regardless of income. The Universal Access commitment encourages and inspires students to complete their education and improve their quality of life. Since Fall 2001 every local high school, GED and homeschooled graduate has been eligible to apply for free tuition through the Universal Access program at Galveston College. 

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President's Partners Fund

Galveston College has enjoyed numerous partnerships with individuals, businesses, industries and organizations that have helped support and employ our students. The President’s Partners Fund was established to allow the College’s CEO to interact with groups on the local, state, and national level to further the mission of Galveston College. President’s Partners Fund contributors of $100 or more will be extended an invitation twice annually to join the President in a culinary and conversational experience.

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Scholarships

The Galveston College Foundation holds all the College’s scholarship funds and provides for student awards on an annual basis. Named scholarships can be created as endowed funds through a $10,000 gift, while smaller amounts can be donated to unrestricted scholarships. Funding scholarships is a long-term commitment with positive implications for Galveston and College and students.

Download, Fill and Print Form

Athletic Programs

The Whitecaps intercollegiate athletic program provides opportunities for students to improve their athletic and academic abilities. The Whitecaps Baseball and Softball Teams produce successful graduates, professional athletes and outstanding career minded individuals. Donate to help grow the GC Whitecaps athletic program with a donation today!  

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Beacon Square Fund
The “front door” Beacon Square development, dedicated as part of the College’s 40th Anniversary, features the restored South Jetty Lighthouse cupola at 39th Street and Avenue Q in Galveston. Live oaks with commemorative plaques are available for $3000 each.

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Planned Giving

For those wishing to establish a more lasting relationship with Galveston College, they may include the College in their estate planning. Planned giving helps ensure the College’s long-term financial strength and its ability to effectively carry out its mission. There are many methods of planned giving.

These include:

  • Bequeathing specific dollar amounts or tangible property in a will to the College
  • Directing in a will that the College receive all or part of any remaining assets after any payment of any bequests or estate-related expenses
  • Establishing a trust that pays  a lifetime income to a spouse or other beneficiaries, after which the trust assets, or a portion of them are given to the College
  • Designating the College as the beneficiary of your IRA, 401(K) or (B), other retirement plan or insurance

Planned giving enables a donor to make a larger gift than is usually possible during one’s lifetime by designating assets currently held on reserve to a worthy cause. Heirs may also qualify for federal and/or state estate tax deduction, reducing the taxable portion of an estate.  Donors are extended special recognition and the opportunity to be part of private receptions honoring those who partner with President and the Board of Regents for the College’s evolution as a premier institution of higher learning for people of Galveston.

To learn more about estate planning and other giving opportunities for the College, please e-mail  Mrs. Maria Tripovich at mtripovi@gc.edu or call 409-944-1303.

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Other
Any designation or amount of your choice is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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The Foundation

In 1996, the Galveston College Foundation formed a separate community based non-profit, an IRS 501 (c) 3, in large part, to establish the Universal Access program which was designed to reduce local high school drop-out rates by providing college tuition and fee payments for local high school graduates regardless of income level. The generosity of local businesses, individuals, and area foundations established an endowment of $6.2 million. This combined with federal assistance permits Galveston College to offer an unparalleled tuition assistance program for the well to do and underserved.

Please see the Universal Access Guidelines and Foundation links.

 

Universal Access Scholarship

2019—2020

Universal Access Community
Enrollment Requirements

Universal Access Flyer

2018—2019

Universal Access Community
Endowment Scholarship

Contact Galveston College Foundation

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