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LASER - Learning and Serving Education & Reflection

LASER: Learning and Serving Education & Reflection


In 1995 Dr. Victor B. Ficker, GSCC President, recognized the fact that many students "fall through the cracks" in traditional financial aid programs. The rising cost of college tutition is a burden on most of them. His appeal to business and industry leaders in the community resulted in a special scholarship fund for qualified students.


In exchange for their tutiontion, LASER students volunteer 75 hours of their time each semester at community service agencies. They are truly "giving back" to the community what the community has given to them: an opportunity to pursue their educational goals. LASERs are recognized in the community because they wear their distinctive Student Service Corps T-shirts while whorking for their agencies. With good evaluations and grades, a LASER can receive a scholarship for two semesters as a full-time student.


  • Complete freshman year.
  • Maintain GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Attempt all other financial aid options

As a LASER, the student must agree to:

  • Carry full class load and maintain or improve GPA
  • Submit supervisor's evaluation at specified times
  • Perform minimum of 75 hours community service per semester
  • Enroll in Community Awareness Through Service Learning (ORI101)
  • Promote the LASER program by wearing Laser T-shirt when working with the agencies


These are the business which have played a crucial role in the estblishment of the LASER scholarship fund:

  • Alabama Power Company
  • Alagasco
  • AmSouth Bank
  • BellSouth
  • Building Systems & Supply
  • Compass Bank
  • Dean's Sausage
  • Delphi Packard Electric
  • Dixie Pacific Manugacturing Company
  • Exchange Bank of Alabama
  • Gadsden Regional Medical Center
  • Gadsden Times
  • Gulf States Steel
  • SouthTrust Bank