Universal Access

Another Key to Our Success: Universal Access Scholarship

Over the last 18 years, the Universal Access Community Endowment Scholarship supported over 1,700 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 significant sums 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.

 

Instituted in the fall of 2018, the Endowment Scholarship provides $4,620 toward tuition and fees.

NEW FOR FALL 2019

 A one-time $500 voucher will be given to each eligible student for books, internet access codes and digital equipment. The voucher no longer needs to be used in a student’s first semester at the College. The balance may be forwarded to future semesters.

In addition, Universal Access Community Endowment Scholarship alumni in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree at the college are eligible for UA Plus funds to a maximum of $500.

Universal Access

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.   A one-time $500 voucher will be given to each eligible student for books, internet access codes, and digital equipment. The voucher no longer needs to be used in a student’s first semester at the College. The balance may be forwarded to future semesters.

 

In addition, Universal Access Community Endowment Scholarship alumni in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree at the college are eligible for UA Plus funds to a maximum of $500. 

 

The increase in the lifetime award amount and funds for books, internet access codes, and digital equipment were put in place to facilitate retention and expedite completion and or graduation.

 

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

409-944-1303

Fax: 409-944-1500