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 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.
2018-2019 Eligibility & Participation Guidelines (Booklet)
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2018-2019 Universal Access Application
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