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Dr. John P. McGovern

McGovern Foundation donates $40,000 to Galveston College Foundation’s Universal Access Scholarship programs

The John P. McGovern Foundation recently donated $40,000 to the Galveston College Foundation’s Universal Access Community Scholarship Endowment and Non-Tuition Educational Expenses Fund programs. The contribution continues the McGovern Foundation’s long history of support for Galveston College students. John P. McGovern Foundation contributions since 1996 total almost $900,000 toward Universal Access Scholarship funding and health programs at Galveston College.

The generosity of the McGovern Foundation mirrors that of the man who started it. He was a co-founder of the American Osler Society and founder of the McGovern Allergy Clinic in Houston. He established his foundation in 1961 and focused his philanthropy on the Texas Medical Center and programs benefiting families and children.

The Universal Access and Universal Access Plus scholarships will continue to help eligible Galveston students into the future and arrive at their educational goals sooner. Universal Access fully funds tuition and fees for a 60-hour degree program at Galveston College. Universal Access Plus in 2019-2020 provided $500 towards textbooks, digital tools, access fees and laptops.

In spring 2020, 74 percent of Galveston College’s students attended college on a part-time basis. Twenty-four percent had dependent children at home. Seventy-six percent juggled the demands of working and higher education. It takes Galveston College students an average of 3.7 years to graduate without public or private financial assistance. Universal Access students graduate on average in 2.7 years.

The McGovern Foundation also benefits students in the health sciences through another scholarship program.

The John P. McGovern 21st Century Memorial Scholarship in Nursing and Health Sciences is a separate example of the impact the McGovern Foundation has had on the fabric of Galveston College. The McGovern Scholars are health sciences students with a 3.0 or better GPA and receive an $800 scholarship.

For the Galveston College community, the focus of McGovern Foundation’s generosity is helping its students pay for tuition, fees, books and digital resources. This allows them to focus on their studies, stay in college and graduate.


John P. McGovern 21st Century Memorial Scholarship in Nursing and Health Sciences recipients Joshua Bland (left) and Ashlay Lewis-Helton attend President’s Evening 2020, Galveston College’s donor recognition event.


Dr. John P. McGovern gets a hug at the Children’s Zoo that bears his name. The John P. McGovern Foundation has donated almost $900,000 since 1996 to Galveston College Universal Access, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Photo courtesy Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle

Del Papa family and Del Papa Distributing gift $5,000 to Vandy Anderson Culinary Arts Memorial Scholarship Fund


Vandy Anderson, beloved donor to Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy
Photo courtesy Galveston County Daily News

Earlier this spring, the Del Papa family and Del Papa Distributing made a contribution of $5,000 to the Vandy Anderson Culinary Arts Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund supports students attending the Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy. Del Papa Distributing and the Del Papa family are stalwart supporters of Galveston College and determined to help students in the hospitality and culinary professions.

“Vandy Anderson served his community in numerous ways as a broadcaster, trustee, chair or adviser for organizations across Galveston until his passing in 2016,” said Paulie Gaido, a Galveston College Foundation director, restaurateur and author of “Entertaining at Home with Fresh American Seafood and Exceptional American Wine.” “He was a lover of local seafood made by local chefs; he is as synonymous with Galveston Island as oleanders, boat shoes and the first crisp chill that heralds the season’s oysters.”

The scholarship honors Anderson’s love of the Galveston gastronomic community. Gaido’s book helped raise $75,000 locally to honor the much-beloved man known as the “Voice of Galveston” during his long tenure at KGBC radio.

“The Del Papa donation is wonderful,” said the program director, Chef Paul Mendoza. “The Vandy Anderson Culinary Arts Scholarship has taken off in the last couple of years thanks to the good works of people like Del Papa and Mr. Paulie Gaido.”

“Scholarships give people a chance who may not otherwise be able to afford culinary school,” said Mendoza. “I always encourage my new and returning students to apply. Scholarships pay for attendance costs when other sources of financial aid are not enough or unavailable. ”

Currently, the culinary program has four or more different scholarships available. Application information is available on the college website at https://gc.edu/financial-aid/available-aid/scholarships/ and from the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@gc.edu.


Former Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy students (left to right) Ebony Smith, Justin Cahill, Wayman Crawford, Stephanie Bass, Pauline Browning, Francesca Romero, Angelica Ellsworth, Julie Ellis, Carltel Williams, Cheryl Washington, Whitney Ermis, Jennifer Lopez, Angela Lopez and Allyson Johnson

Mary Moody Northen

Mary Moody Northen Endowment gifts $5,000 to Radiography Degree Stipend program

The Mary Moody Northen Endowment recently announced a $5,000 gift to the newly established Galveston College Radiography Degree Stipend. The program is for graduating Radiography students and provides $250 to help pay the costs of national and state testing and licensure.

The Galveston College Office of Development received the endowment’s unanimous decision of support of the stipend appeal in a June 24 letter.

The Radiography Degree Stipend allows returning Radiography students to focus on graduating not struggling to come up with the fees needed to enable them to work.

Over 70 percent of Galveston College students juggle work and college. Twenty-four percent have dependent children at home. They work in industries that rely heavily on part-time labor, such as leisure, retail and hospitality. These island industries are hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.

In the spring, the Radiography Club raised funds to support May graduates of the program, as they faced $350 in bills for testing and fees. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic was causing disruptions in students’ finances as jobs were lost and family incomes cut.

In 2020-2021, graduating Radiography students will see that stress reduced. The $250 stipend will defray two-thirds of the testing and licensure costs for 20 students. The balance is the responsibility of the student.

The Mary Moody Northen Endowment is a Galveston philanthropy supporting community development efforts throughout the city since 1964.

2020 Bromburg Trust

Emergency Student Scholarship Fund receives gift from Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust

The Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust recently awarded the Galveston College Emergency Student Scholarship Fund a gift of $3,000. The Bromberg is a mainstay within the Galveston philanthropic community and a long-time supporter of the college.

The Bromberg gift comes at a much-needed time for the scholarship designed to help students overcome unexpected financial emergencies. Of the $50,000 budgeted at the beginning of the year, less than $6,000 remains at the end of June. In May, as scholarship funds dwindled, the Bromberg board responded to an appeal brought on by COVID-19 and its effect on Galveston College students and their families.

The pandemic placed an enormous financial strain on many of the college’s students and the families they support.

“The Emergency Scholarship reduces these stresses,” said Meghann Nash, director of financial aid. “It allows the student with unexpected bills to stay in college and graduate.”

Seventy percent of Galveston College students attend part-time. They balance the needs of higher education or training with jobs and families. Approximately one in four students have children. They work in island industries that rely heavily on part-time workers, such as leisure, retail and hospitality.

As these industries scale back or shutter, students find themselves on reduced hours or unemployed facing unexpected financial emergencies that threaten their education. The Emergency Student Scholarship Fund helps students through these difficult times allowing them to stay in college without delaying their futures due to a financial crisis.

Apply now for Galveston College scholarships

Did you know the Galveston College Foundation and Galveston College offer numerous scholarship opportunities in addition to the dynamic Universal Access Community Endowment Scholarship?
Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, businesses and organizations, current and prospective students may apply for a wide variety of scholarships. The criteria for eligibility and the award amount for these scholarships has been developed in cooperation with each scholarship sponsor.
Now is the perfect time for you or someone you know to complete an application for Galveston College scholarships for 2020-2021.
The scholarship program at Galveston College encourages graduating high school seniors, transfer students, currently enrolled students and other deserving individuals to apply for scholarship monies. Awards range from $500 to $2,500 per academic year. Academic excellence, financial need, displayed leadership abilities and participation in extracurricular activities are taken into consideration during the award process.
Click here and complete one application to be considered for Galveston College scholarships.
Email the application to finaid@gc.edu or fax it to (409) 944-1505 by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 17.
Graduating high school students who reside in the Galveston College taxing district have until June 9 to submit their applications for the Galveston College Foundation Universal Access Scholarship. Information regarding the 2020-2021 Universal Access Scholarship can be found at https://gc.edu/financial-aid/financial-aid-forms/.
Please contact finaid@gc.edu for assistance and with any questions.
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.

Submitted by the Offices of Development and Galveston College Foundation

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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.



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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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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

 

Brent R. Benson

Special Projects Coordinator 

4015 Avenue Q
Galveston, Texas 77550
Phone: 409-944-1288
Fax: 409-944-1500
E-mail: bbenson@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.

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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. 

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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.

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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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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.