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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

College breaks ground for Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences

Galveston College broke ground Wednesday, June 12, for the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences, which include seven units designed to resemble the historical homes of Galveston. Prior to the groundbreaking ceremony, the Seibels were honored and remembered at a summer luncheon featuring family member Jean Rosenbaum.

The project is funded in large part with the generous support of the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation.

“This is the second significant capital expansion grant from the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation to Galveston College,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, college president. “Fewer than10 years ago, Galveston College was given the means to build the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing allowing students and the community to gather for events ranging from civic, collegiate and evenings of powerful educational enrichment. Now the Seibel Foundation has bestowed the financial support necessary to realize the college’s long-time dream of student housing. We are excited about bringing this project to the neighborhood and to our students.”

When completed, the buildings will house approximately 80 students. When coupled with existing housing, the college will be able to serve approximately 110 students with housing opportunities.

“I also want to express my heartfelt appreciation to the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation trustees for their generous support, which made these student residences a reality,” said Karen Flowers, chair of the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents. “The Seibel Foundation’s lead gift on this project is a complete game-changer not only financially, but also in what it means for us going forward. It is truly transformational, and we look forward to celebrating the legacy of the Seibels with a grand opening event in 2020.”

Sullivan Brothers Builders of Galveston is construction manager for the project. Creole Design LLC of Houston is architect.

Above: Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton, Regent Carl Kelly, Jean Rosenbaum, Barry Rosenbaum, Regent Armin Cantini, Lindsay Glover, Pam Kelley and Rabbi Jimmy Kessler break ground for the new Abe and Annie Seibel Student Residences at Galveston College. For more groundbreaking ceremony photos, click here.

The Moody Foundation awards $3 million to Galveston College Foundation for non-tuition educational expenses campaign

The Moody Foundation awarded $3 million to the Galveston College Foundation toward a second community campaign for new funds to cover specified non-tuition educational expenses.

Earlier this year, the Board of Directors of the Galveston College Foundation launched an ambitious $6 million fundraising campaign to establish policy and distribution of invested funds for eligible Universal Access scholarship recipients to receive not only tuition, fees and books but funding for other unmet education needs.

The Universal Access Community Scholarship Endowment (UA) supports Galveston high school graduates who are ineligible for federal funding toward their higher education goals at Galveston College. Currently, the UA Endowment pays for up to 60 credit hours for tuition, required fees and a book stipend.

In 2014, the Moody Foundation gave the UA Endowment $3 million toward this purpose, effectively more than doubling the endowment. That gift reinvigorated support from the community toward fully endowing the UA Scholarship opportunity for Galveston students.

As of fall 2018, Universal Access scholars will receive $4,620 plus a book stipend toward a degree and/or certification at the college. Students must maintain a 2.0 grade-point average to retain the award.

As of Aug. 1, the Moody Foundation committed to supporting half of the funds necessary to support a second campaign to underwrite associated costs beyond that of tuition and mandatory fees. The foundation’s $3 million gift will be awarded in two installments: $1.5 million now and the remaining balance in early 2019.

These funds will be added to more than $340,000 in cash and pledged support from Galveston individuals and families toward the $6 million Non-Tuition Educational Expenses Fund campaign.

The Non-Tuition Educational Expenses Fund is designed to potentially fund program-specific needs, including books, testing, licensure fees and digital requirements.

“The Universal Access Community Scholarship Endowment and the Non-Tuition Educational Expenses Fund campaign seek to fully assure a college education for Galveston students and families without incurring debilitating debt,” said Maria Tripovich, director of the Office of Development/Galveston College Foundation and Grants. “An enlightened citizenry is necessary for a well-functioning society and propagation of our country’s highest ideals. Toward that end, the Moody Foundation and Galveston College Foundation are allied through a dedicated investment of resources to make higher education universal in Galveston.”

Galveston College Foundation is a separate IRS 501 c (3) organization, independent but supportive of Galveston College.

For further information, please contact Maria S. Tripovich at mtripovi@gc.edu.

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