Another Key to Our Success: Universal Access Scholarship
Over the last 15 years, the Universal Access Community Endowment Scholarship supported almost
1,600 students. These students were not eligible for federal or state funding– oftentimes because their
income exceeded eligibility limits, yet they still needed financial assistance to complete their studies
and graduate. Since late fall 2014, Galveston College Foundation raised $5.4 million for the Universal
Access Community Endowment and individual scholarships. Thanks to consistent generosity from the
Galveston community, area foundations, and businesses, the Universal Access Community
Endowment upgraded tuition support annually. Beginning in the fall of 2018 the Endowment
Scholarship will provide $4,620 toward tuition and required fees, along with a one-time $200 book stipend.
Universal Access Scholarships are provided to ensure that every eligible high school graduate, or equivalent, who resides in the Galveston College taxing district, has the opportunity to attend college, receive an associate’s degree, or acquire technical training through a workforce development program and obtain a certificate.
In 1996, the Galveston College Foundation (GCF) was established as a community-based non-profit to provide families within the Galveston College taxing district the opportunity for a brighter future through higher education. Universal Access (UA) was established in 2001 in an effort to secure fully paid tuition for public and private local high school graduates who wished to attend Galveston College. The vision of Universal Access was achieved through development and growth of an endowment significant enough to guarantee each Galveston accredited high school (public or private), home-schooled, and GED graduate the financial aid necessary for up to two years of education and training. The founders of UA believed the investment that would pay the greatest dividends and make the biggest difference in the community is an investment in the higher education and training of its residents.
Guidelines for Universal Access has been updated and revised over the years to reflect changes in College policy, costs, available funds, and community needs. 2018, the Foundation’s Finance Committee recommended and the Board of Directors subsequently approved a marked increase in the scholarship’s lifetime limit to $4,620 plus an additional $200 toward books. The increase in the lifetime award amount and guidelines were put in place to facilitate retention and expedite completion and or graduation.
UA Guidelines & Application
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
To Learn More:
Maria S. Tripovich,
Director of Development and G.C. Foundation