Galveston College is committed to providing scholarship opportunities to deserving students by seeking funds from individuals, businesses, organizations, and college resources. The criteria for eligibility and the award amount for these scholarships has been developed in cooperation with each scholarship sponsor.
The scholarship program at Galveston College encourages graduating high school seniors, transfer students and currently enrolled students 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.
Galveston College Scholarships
(All students are eligible to apply. See list of scholarships below.)
The scholarships listed in this publication may be applied for by submitting a general scholarship application. Some scholarships may require additional information. The awards are made for the fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters.
Deadline: The deadline to apply for the fall 2022 and spring 2023 Application deadline is Friday, April 15th at 5:00 pm.
Applications are closed at this time.
Galveston College scholarship applications will be matched with the individual scholarship criteria. Students are required to submit only ONE application to be considered for every scholarship.
- Fill out the complete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Complete all personal contact information and optional information to be considered for all scholarships.
- List your current GPA (grade point average) and attach a copy of your current high school or college transcript.
- List your major or program of study.
- Attach two letters of reference. Some suggested references are: employers, teachers, other school officials (high school or college), social worker, counselors, ministers, and civic leaders. Letters of reference must be on professional letterhead.
- It is highly recommended that you complete a FAFSA application at StudentAid.gov
- Submit all of the required materials by the due date. Late applications will not be considered.
Established in honor of Francisco “Paco” Vargas, a long-term and well known chef, restaurateur, and resident of Galveston, to allow students majoring in Culinary Arts, Hospitality/Restaurant Management, or a service industry program, to further their educational goals. Students must enroll full or part-time; must indicate career plan in—and enroll in—a program of study leading to a certificate or degree in Culinary Arts, Hospitality/Restaurant Management, or in a closely related service industry program; must be admitted to Galveston College in good standing, or if already enrolled, be in good standing with a GPA of 2.0. Applicants nominated by the Galveston County Restaurant Association will be given preference provided that the applicant meets all other established criteria. Scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies, and/or other educational expenses, including but not limited to transportation, housing, food, and/or child care.
This scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Fred B. Lane by Galveston College faculty members, Don and Janene Davison. Eligible recipients must be declared business majors and have completed 30-credit hours. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
Galveston Community Memorial Scholarship (GCM) continues to be supported by individual donors and area businesses who seek to remember family and friends. These gifts provide financial support for tuition and fees for Galveston College students in pursuit of any academic or vocational technical program toward receipt of an associate’s degree or certification. Students must retain a GPA of 2.5 or better to be considered for an award. The GCM Scholarship may be awarded to the same student(s) annually over the course of their career at Galveston College until graduation or completion. If awarded more than one time, faculty recommendation is requested in support of a second disbursement.
Applicants should be full-time Culinary Arts students who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours in their second year. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required, along with two letters of recommendation. One letter will be from employer or faculty and one from a personal reference. Funding is for tuition, fees and books.
This scholarship endowment was created in 2008 through the generosity of the Greater Texas Foundation. The awards are made to Galveston College students who show financial need. The scholarship can be used for tuition, fees and books.
This award was established in memory of Ingrid Greenwood, Margaret Mills and Mary Pattinson. Successful applicants must be full-time students (12 semester hours), demonstrate financial need, be enrolled in a degree or certificate program and be residents of Galveston. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.
This scholarship was established by Griff Lambdin, a charter member of Galveston College Board of Regents, in memory of his son, Marc. Preference is given to candidates who demonstrate financial need. Successful candidates may be full or part-time students, residents of the Galveston College district, and have a degree plan on file with the Galveston College Counseling office. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.
Must be a full-time student, enrolled in softball or volleyball in the GC Whitecaps Athletics Softball Program. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. Funding is for tuition, fees, books and educational materials.
Established by Mark T. and Pamela Lohec Stasney and family, this scholarship is available Galveston College students pursuing an associate degree or technical certificate. Scholarship funds may be applied to tuition, fees, books or course supplies. Full and part-time students are eligible, and a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. The first recipient will be announced in fall 2022.
Janice D. Stanton served as a member of the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents from 1983 until 2004. Before Ms. Stanton’s final term ended, friends and family gathered to raise $10,000 for the named scholarship with the help of the Galveston College Foundation. Mrs. Stanton continues to serve her community in civic affairs. Successful scholarship recipients must demonstrate clear involvement with community and/or social service projects in Galveston and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.
This scholarship was begun by Jean Thompson and her daughter, Dr. Barbara Thompson, to award students interested in the field of Psychology. Student recipients must demonstrate their interest in psychology, maintain a GPA of 2.0, and attend Galveston College on a full or part-time basis. Scholarship funds are awarded for tuition, fees and books.
This scholarship was established by John Cannady in memory of his wife, Joan. Candidates should be enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours, enrolled in a degree or certificate program, show financial need, and be a resident of Galveston. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.
This award was established through the Trust Department of Moody National Bank. Successful candidates for the scholarship should be enrolled at least 12 hours and pursuing technical careers. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.
The John P. McGovern Memorial Endowment Scholarship in Health Science is awarded to exemplary students in the fields within Health Sciences at Galveston College. Students must have a 3.0 or better GPA to attain the prestigious scholarship with strong written recommendation(s) from their program director and one other faculty member. Typically, this award is given to second year students or students who are in the second/or final semester program.
This scholarship was established in 2008 to honor longtime Galveston College Professor of Music, Dr. Larry Patton. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition and fees. Preference will be given to students enrolled in Music courses.
This scholarship was established by Deacon Tom Hunter, the Board of the Lasker Home for Children, and friends of Ms. Elrod, a respected, retired Galveston teacher. Scholarship recipients must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours, enrolled in a degree or certificate program, show financial need, and be a resident of Galveston. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.
The Lawrence J. Del Papa Memorial Nursing Scholarship award is for students enrolled full-time in pursuit of an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (two-year program) or the Licensed Vocational Nurse Technical Level 2 Certificate (18 month program). Scholarship support may be used for tuition, fees, books, licensing and testing fees, and program specific equipment. Scholarship recipients must maintain a 2.75 GPA.
Established by Marianne Duncanson as a memorial, the Letha M. Camp Memorial Scholarship is for students taking any level of Emergency Medical Services classes at Galveston College. Students must be a high school graduate and enrolled in credit classed in either EMT-Basic, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic certificates. During the selection process preference will be given to students affiliated with Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department EMS. The scholarship application and required materials should be provided to the EMS Program Director.
The Lipson Trust Scholarship is available to worthy students pursuing a nursing or teaching career. Applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA, and be a second semester college student. The applicant must provide a 250-500 word essay in support of their appeal which defines their personal and professional goals as beneficiaries of the Lipson Trust in service to the community. Recipients of the Lipson Trust may provide a letter of reference from their program director or advisor. The values of the Lipson Family were to inspire, serve, and heal.
Established in 2016 in memory of Lynn Levin Cantini. Her role as a benefactor and educator in the Galveston community inspired her family and friends to acknowledge her spirit of philanthropy and compassion with a fund for nursing students at Galveston College. Applicants must: be a United States citizen or actively pursuing permanent residency or citizenship; be accepted and enrolled, full-time in the Nursing Program at Galveston College; have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale; demonstrate need for financial aid; state (written) future goals and how those goals will be achieved; complete an essay (maximum of 500 words) expressing how a caring attitude, their nursing education, and their ability to “pay-it-forward will assist them in making future contributions to the nursing profession. Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, uniforms and shoes, supplies, student nurse dues (service to the profession in an area established by the Texas State Board of Nursing, i.e. NCLEX-RN, Pearson Vue fees), and other, with permission.
Established by the Faculty council in memory of long-time faculty member Marionette Beyah. Applicants should be an office administration major who demonstrates financial need. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. Funds are for tuition, fees and books.
Established by the Rasmussen and Murillo families, this scholarship is awarded to second semester Galveston College students enrolled full-time in pursuit of an Associate’s Degree or a Vocational –Technical Level 2 Certificate. Eligible recipients must maintain a 2.75 GPA Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, fees, testing fees, books, or program-specific equipment needs including digital devices, uniforms, etc.
This scholarship was established by the Hodge family in memory of Galveston College Associate Professor of English, Michael Hodge. The award is available to full and part-time students enrolled in a minimum of 6 semester hours and who are pursuing a degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. Scholarship funds are to be used for tuition, fees and books.
Established by Drs. Robert and Patricia Beach in honor of Monica C. Ruiz. Scholarship provides financial aid to eligible students pursuing a nursing degree. Students may be a full or part-time in good standing with Galveston College, enrolled in and maintain at least six credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference will be given to a citizen of the United States, a resident of the City of Galveston for at least twelve consecutive months prior to award. Preference may be given to students based on financial need when other criteria are met. Scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, and books.
Established by former professor and Galveston College Foundation Board member, M.T. "Bujo" Waddell, this scholarship is for students in any field of study which could lead to a degree in social or behavioral sciences for which there are teaching opportunities at the high school or college level. Students must have completed at least 24 semester credit hours of college level work with a GPA of 3.0. Hours taken as a dual-credit student are eligible. Students must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Students must maintain and meet the minimum academic standards of progress as defined by Galveston College. Students must meet and maintain satisfactory academic progress toward a degree to be eligible for a second semester award or to be eligible to apply for a second-year award. Students must maintain at least 12 semester credit hours.
This award was established by the Murillo family to recognize students with interests in the arts or humanities. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required and each student must be enrolled in arts or humanities class. Successful candidates must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 semester hours. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.
This scholarship was established in memory of Richard Lovelace and Laura Bragg McDaniel, and, in honor of Neils Nielson. The award is available to any student enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours per semester, with at least one course being a Galveston College music course. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Scholarship funds are to be used for tuition, fees and books.
This scholarship was established in the memory of Olga Olson by family members who wanted to recognize her personal accomplishments and those as a professional cook. Preference will be given to applicants who are single parents and have completed at least thirty hours towards their degree with an emphsis in Culinary Arts. The student must have a 3.0 GPA. The scholarship can be used for tuition, fees and books.
This scholarship was established for students enrolled for a minimum of 6 hours in a degree or certificate program. Successful applicants must be residents of Galveston. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. Funding is applied toward tuition, fees, books and educational materials.
Anonymous donors created this endowed scholarship to honor Regent Carl Kelly who has served on the Galveston College Board of Regents since 1998. Successful candidates must be enrolled full or part-time, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and show financial need. Candidates must be citizens of the United States. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.
This scholarship is funded by the Braiser Family Fund in memory of their son, Rob Braiser. It is awarded the Galveston College sophomore baseball athlete with highest GPA. Student must be majoring in math, computer science or physics with a minimum GPA of 3.2 or better.
This scholarship was established by former NBA Champion Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich and his wife, Sophie, to benefit students in the Galveston/Houston area. Focus is on students who have financial need and show meritorious pursuit of learning and higher education. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 semester hours and maintain a GPA of 2.0. Funding can be used for tuition, fees and books.
Established by Mrs. Norma Rubin in memory of her husband, Dr. Sanford "Sandy" Rubin. This scholarship provides financial aid to eligible students pursuing credit-hour degree program of study in Nursing. Student does not need to be a citizen of the United States or permanent resident. Students must demonstrate financial need and must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 as well as maintain the minimum academic standards of progress towards a degree eligible for a second semester award or to be eligible to apply for a second-year award. Recipients of the scholarship shall be selected by Galveston College Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee. The committee may annually award one or more scholarships to support the cost of tuition and fees.
The Sarah and Harry H. Levy Memorial Scholarship is available to students with a 2.5 or better GPA with degree plans focused on the Arts and Sciences and desire to transfer to a four-year academic program. Students pursuing the industrial, visual, or technical arts are preferred candidates for this opportunity.
This award was established by St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary in memory of Sister Mary Agnesita. The scholarship provides funds for tuition, fees, books, supplies and nursing uniforms. It is awarded to full-time students who are enrolled in the associate degree nursing program (ADN). Candidates for the award must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and provide two letters of recommendation from nursing faculty.
The Short Term Rental Owners Association of Galveston (STROAG) scholarship is for students enrolled full or part-time (minimum six hours) in an Applied Technology Degree Program, who also demonstrate financial need. Student must be a U.S. citizen, and a resident of Galveston. Student must have a GPA of 2.5 and submit two letters of reference – one from an employer or faculty member, and one personal. Scholarship can be used for tuition, fees and books.
The Short Term Rental Owners Association of Galveston (STROAG) scholarship is for students enrolled full or part-time (minimum six hours) in the GC Culinary Arts Program, who also demonstrate financial need. Student must be a U.S. citizen, and a resident of Galveston. Preference given to a student employed by a small, individually owned restaurant. Student must have a GPA of 2.5 and submit two letters of reference – one from an employer or faculty member, and one personal. Scholarship can be used for tuition, fees and books.
This scholarship is open to full-time or half-time students who are enrolled in no fewer than six credit hours and maintain a GPA of 2.2. Preference will be given to students pursuing degrees in the following order: Business Administration, Accounting, and Medical Administration. All applicants must have a letter of recommendation from one faculty member.
This is the only Galveston College Scholarship that provides financial assistance solely for select Ball High School dual credit students. For more information on how to apply, please contact the Dual Credit Advisor at (409) 944-1251.
This scholarship was established by Dr. Gary E. Wilson and Mrs. Diane Easter Wilson in honor of Mrs. Normagene Wilson and in memory of Mr. Finis Easter, Mrs. Frances Easter and Mr. Cecil Wilson. Successful scholarship candidates must have completed 12 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Candidates must show financial need and be a citizen of the United States. Preference will be given to students who intend to get a degree in the analytical and physical sciences (engineering, math, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science or information science). Candidates may attend classes on a full or part-time basis. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees, books, and education-related software.
The University Federal Credit Union created this scholarship for students enrolled in the Arts or Humanities. Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA. The scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, books and educational materials.
Established to honor Mr. Vandy Anderson, this scholarship will foster the development of aspiring Culinary Arts professionals enrolled at Galveston College. Scholarship awards will be presented to selectees who are Galveston College Culinary Arts students enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours who are pursuing an associate degree or a Vocational-Technical Certificate. Support may be used for tuition, fees, books and materials required by syllabus. Any remaining balance will be provided to the award recipient(s). Recipients must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
This scholarship was established by Nursing instructor Vicki Jernigan for Vocational Nursing or Associate Degree Nursing students of any gender. Students may be an active duty or veteran member of the armed forces, or a spouse of active duty or honorably discharged veterans. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. Should no recipient qualify for the scholarship during a grant cycle because of the Active duty or veteran criterion, alternate recipients who meet all other criteria may be considered. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, fees, and books.
This award was established by the Galveston College Faculty Council in memory of charter faculty member William Maury Darst. Applicants should full-time students who demonstrate financial need. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Scholarship funds should be used for tuition, fees and books.
The Windle Vocal Fund is for students pursuing a career in the performing arts with an emphasis on voice or choral training. A minimum GPA of 2.2 is required. Full or part-time students with a minimum enrollment of 9 hours per semester are eligible.
The Zasu Mijares Memorial Scholarship is awarded to non-traditional students who are pursuing an academic two-year degree with a focus on the liberal arts and sciences, excluding nursing or health sciences. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required as well as compliance with current rules for eligibility. Scholarship may be used for tuition, fees and additional non-tuition needs including, but not limited to transportation, daycare, licensing and testing fees, and course–related fees, and program specific equipment.
*Scholarship recipients selected by Program Director or other process.