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Academic Scholarships

are partial to full tuition awards offered each year. Awards are based on academic achievement, rank in class, and academic competitions. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is recommended; and, if submitted, ACT scores are considered.

 

Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Dr. Bernard J. Schroer Scholarships

are facilitated through the Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM), supporting individuals pursuing a career/technical education certificate or associate degree in the Alabama College System in preparation for a career in the automotive manufacturing industry. Additional criteria and scholarship applications are available at www.carcam.org

 

Ambassador Scholarships

provide tuition for selected students who are willing to work as representatives of the College. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for an entering freshman. Selection criteria include academic merit, club/organization participation, and extracurricular activity. A 500-word essay expressing how life experiences have contributed to the applicant’s preparation to become a GSCC Ambassador is required. In addition, the selection process may include an interview with the Ambassador Selection Committee.

 

Athletic Scholarships

are offered to students who excel in various sports. Interested students should contact the GSCC Athletic Department by calling 256.549.8310. Scholarships are available for males in the following areas: baseball, basketball, tennis, and managers. Scholarships are available for females in the following areas: basketball, cheerleading, cross country, softball, volleyball, and managers

 

Ayers Employee Fund

provides assistance to students taking courses on the Ayers Campus. Priority is given to students in declared majors and those within one semester of graduation. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required.

 

Bingo Scholarships

are awarded to Etowah County residents. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. Awards are based on available funds and are awarded for one term.

 

Barry Boatwright Memorial Scholarship

provides tuition for a student in a science-related major. Selection is made by the Science Department.

 

James L. Brown Free Enterprise Scholarship

provides assistance to a rising sophomore business student. This scholarship is awarded annually by the Business Department as funds are available.

 

Buffalo Rock Endowment Scholarship

is awarded for fall and spring semesters to a deserving student. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required.

 

Bush Memorial Endowment Scholarship

is awarded for one term to a deserving student. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required.

Career Tech Dual Enrollment Scholarships

provide tuition assistance to eligible high school seniors of participating high schools. To be eligible, the high school senior must have an overall “B” average in high school course work, have an interest in a Career Tech Program offered through Career Tech Dual Enrollment at Gadsden State and get approval from the High School Principal and Superintendent.  Applications must be submitted to the Office of Career Services by the deadline to be eligible.  College entrance testing must be satisfied before an application will be considered. For more information, please call 256-549-8605.

 

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Scholarships

are awarded to graduates of Cherokee County public high schools and to non-traditional students who are residents of Cherokee County. Scholarship recipients must take classes at Gadsden State Cherokee.

 

Larry Joe Chesnut Memorial Scholarship

is awarded in memory of Larry Joe Chesnut to a second-year student with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

 

Children of Blind Parents

may be eligible for full tuition and fees scholarships. Recipients are selected by the State Department of Education, from which applications are available.

 

Citizen Baptist Medical Center Volunteer Program Scholarships

provide partial tuition assistance to graduating high school seniors who attend high school in Talladega County. Applicants must have an overall high school GPA of 2.75 or higher, demonstrate leadership ability and community involvement, and express a desire to enter a medical field. Financial need is also taken into consideration during the selection process.

 

Compass Bank Endowment Scholarship

is awarded for one term. Preference is given to bank employees and dependents. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required.

 

Jerry L. Culberson Nursing Scholarships

are awarded to Cherokee County residents who have been accepted into the nursing program and who plan to attend nursing classes at the Cherokee Campus.  Applicants must demonstrate academic success by meeting all progression requirements of the nursing program and must have a demonstrated financial need.

 

Culp Industries Endowment Scholarship

is awarded to an employee or dependent of an individual who has been employed at the company for at least one year. A graduating high school student must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to apply and must maintain a 2.5 GPA to continue to receive this scholarship. Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to document financial need.

 

Donation Scholarships

are awarded as funds are available. Priority consideration is given to students in their last term of attendance prior to graduation. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required.

 

John Duncan Memorial Endowment Scholarships

are awarded to residents of Etowah County. Applicants must demonstrate academic aptitude.

 

Early College Enrollment Program (ECEP) Scholarships

provide tuition to eligible juniors and seniors of participating local high schools. Students who have taken and satisfactorily passed required high school exit tests and are on task to meet all other graduation requirements, have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, and have an interest in enrolling in an eligible technical college degree program are eligible to apply. For additional information, please call 256.549.8605.

 

EMS Endowment Scholarships

provide assistance that can be used for tuition and/or required books to students in the Emergency Medical Services program.

 

Victor Ficker Endowment Scholarship

covers tuition only. This scholarship is awarded as funds are available.

 

Amy Floyd Honorary Scholarship

provides books and required supplies for a second-year RN student. Selection is made by the Nursing Department and awarded based on financial need and academic standing.

 

Joe & Brenda Ford Memorial Endowment Scholarships

cover tuition for up to two semesters to full-time students. To be eligible to apply, the applicant must be a resident of Etowah County. Receipt of other forms of financial aid may affect eligibility to receive this scholarship.

 

Gadsden Rotary Endowment Scholarship

is awarded to an Etowah County resident for one term only. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required.

 

Gadsden Sportsman Club Scholarships

provide tuition and/or books for Etowah County students. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. Selection is made by the Gadsden Sportsman Club.

 

Gadsden State Community College Alumni Association Scholarships

provide tuition assistance for qualified students. Criteria for selection include being a U.S. citizen or resident alien, a minimum overall 2.5 GPA, current enrollment at Gadsden State, completion of 24 credit hours prior to the scholarship terms awarded, résumé (education and honors, employment, memberships and leadership positions, extracurricular activities, and volunteerism) and career goals. Preference shall be given to students who are Association members and/or have family who are Association members. Selection is made by the GSCC Alumni Association.

 

Gadsden State Community College Faculty and Staff Scholarships

are awarded based on availability of funds for one term only. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required.

 

Gadsden State Community College Foundation

offers scholarships for tuition, fees, and books to students attending Gadsden State Community College, as approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors.

 

GED One Free Class Scholarship

provide one free class to students who have passed the GED after July 2002. Eligibility is determined by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, which is the State Office for the GED Testing Program.

 

GED Scholarships

are awarded at the fall and spring GED graduations to the graduates with the highest GED test scores. The scholarships cover full tuition for up to two years. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required to maintain scholarship eligibility.

 

Godfrey Family Foundation Scholarships

are awarded to second-year RN students. These scholarships can be used for tuition and books. The scholarship program was established in memory of Jane Killian Godfrey by the Godfrey family. Recipients must be residents of Etowah County and must maintain a 3.0 GPA for the first year of the RN program. Selection is made by the Nursing Department.

 

Griffith Memorial Nursing Scholarship

was established by the Griffith family in honor of their mother, Sue McMeekin Griffith, who was a former GSCC faculty member. This scholarship is awarded to second-year RN students who demonstrate behaviors that evidence caring, compassionate attitudes toward patients. An adequate GPA to predict completion of the nursing program, as well as to predict licensure as a registered nurse, is required. Selection is made by the Nursing Department.

Greater Gadsden Home Builders Scholarship

provides partial tuition scholarships to Technical Division students enrolled in carpentry, HVAC or electrical technology programs at a Gadsden campus, with consideration given for financial need.

 

Jonathan Harris Memorial Scholarship

is awarded to a deserving Special Education graduate of Etowah High School. Recipient is recommended by Etowah High School.

 

Honors Scholar Program

offers scholarships to high-achieving and talented students who are seeking more intellectually challenging and creative college experiences. The classes in the program and the diploma will show designations as “Honors” and “Honors Scholar,” respectively. A minimum 3.25 GPA and a composite ACT score of 25 or SAT score of 1200 are preferred. Selection is made by the Honors Scholarship Committee.

 

HRSA Scholarships for Disadvantaged Nursing Students

are funded through a federal grant program administered through the Department of Health and Human Resources (HRSA). Scholarships are awarded to economically and environmentally disadvantaged students pursuing nursing education, particularly those students who are underrepresented minorities. Students must be enrolled in the LPN certificate program or the RN associate degree program to apply. Selection is made based on the grant guidelines.

 

Mary F. Lambert Scholarship

was established by August Lehi and friends of Mary Lambert to provide scholarships to students majoring in Realtime Reporting. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. Selection is made by the Realtime Reporting Department.

 

Leadership in Childcare Scholarships

provide tuition and selected fees to childcare center directors, teachers, and home providers to enroll in a Child Development program. The program is funded by the Alabama Department of Human Resources as a result of an initiative of the Alabama Childcare Consortium. To be eligible to apply for this assistance, a student must be a resident of Alabama, employed in a legally operating child care facility in Alabama caring for children ages birth through 12 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and be at least 19 years of age. Applicants must consult with the Child Development Program Instructor and obtain their signature on the scholarship application prior to submitting the application. Eligibility is determined by the Alabama Department of Human Resources

 

Manufacturing Enrichment Scholarship

is available to a high school senior who has completed geometry (or equivalent) and who has an interest in pursuing a career in the manufacturing industry. Selection is made by the Gadsden Alabama Technology Network.

 

Mary Martin Endowment Scholarship

is awarded to a student with a minimum 2.5 GPA. The scholarship can be used for tuition only.

 

Newell Massey Memorial Scholarship

pays tuition only. This scholarship is awarded as funds are available.

 

E. O. McCord Endowment Scholarship

provides tuition assistance to students in selected programs of study. First consideration is given to a second-year paralegal major. Next consideration is given to a second-year education or religion major. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required.

 

Rena and Edgar McCord Endowment Scholarship

provides partial tuition to a deserving student.

 

Meadows Memorial Scholarship

was established in memory of Shirley Meadows and is awarded to a deserving Clinical Laboratory Technology (CLT) student. The recipient is selected by the CLT Department.

 

Cam Menzies Memorial Scholarship

provides a partial tuition scholarship to a deserving sophomore student in the Realtime Reporting Program. The recipient is selected by the Realtime Reporting Department.

 

Minority (HBCU) Scholarships

are awarded to entering freshmen and currently enrolled minority students. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. The recipient is selected by the Minority Scholarship Committee. Preference is given to African-American students attending classes on the Valley Street Campus, which has been designated as an Historically Black College and University (HBCU).

Miss GSCC Scholarship

is awarded annually to the winner of the Miss GSCC Pageant. The scholarship covers tuition for one year (up to 32 hours) beginning in the spring semester of the selection year.

 

Lucian Newman Endowment Scholarship

is awarded to an EMS Basic graduate who has demonstrated outstanding potential and intends to pursue a career in Emergency Medical Services. The scholarship provides funds that cover partial tuition, fees, and/or textbooks expenses. Recipients must maintain National Registry status and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

 

Lucian Newman, Jr., Award

is a partial scholarship awarded to an EMS Basic graduate. Recipient must maintain National Registry status and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

 

James W. (Jim) Nolen Endowment Scholarship

is awarded to a current year graduating high school student with a “B” average who demonstrates financial need, enrolls in a technical program, and is involved in community activities. The recipient must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. 

 

Rebecca Nunnelly Memorial Scholarship

is awarded annually to a nursing student. Selection is made by the Nursing Department.

 

Operation Family Shield Scholarship Program

was established in 2003 for spouses and dependents of the Alabama National Guard or reservists called to active duty. The scholarship has been expanded in support of Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism. The scholarship provides tuition during the term of the activation. Tuition scholarships shall be available only after all other forms of federal financial assistance have been exhausted. Documentation required includes official copies of military orders, marriage licenses, birth certificates, and IRS tax returns. Certification from the appropriate military office should be obtained each semester to verify continued activation.

 

Opportunity Scholarships (Economically Disadvantaged Student)

to students with financial need as set forth in the State Board guidelines. Applicants must complete a FAFSA to verify financial eligibility. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required.

 

Nan Pentecost Scholarship

was established by Eric Pentecost in honor of his wife, Nan. This scholarship provides partial tuition assistance for a second-year nursing student. Selection is made by the Nursing Department.

 

Performing Arts Scholarships

provide tuition to students who excel in dance, band, chorus or drama. Awards will be on the basis of audition/portfolio. Recipients will be expected to perform while attending GSCC on scholarship and must register for the appropriate scholarship-related classes each semester.

 

Joe Robertson Memorial Scholarship

is awarded yearly in memory of Joseph T. Robertson, a former GSCC history instructor. The scholarship pays partial tuition for a history or education major. A minimum 2.75 GPA is required. Selection is made by the History Department.

 

Sanders-Burgard Scholarships

were established by Gadsden physician E. Max Sanders, M.D., and Martha Burgard Sanders. These scholarships cover tuition and books for students. Consideration will be given to students with financial need.

 

Senior Adult Scholarship Program

allows students 60 years of age or older, who have met admissions requirements, to receive tuition waivers for college credit courses on a space-available basis only. Space- available basis requires registration during the late registration process.

 

Skills Training Scholarships and Tuition Assistance Programs

may be available for students participating in Skills Training Programs. For information regarding, Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood, Fatherhood Initiative, Telemon, and other tuition assistance programs, students may contact the Skills Training Department at 256.549.8640

 

Student Government Association (SGA) Scholarship

provides sixteen (16) hours over two semesters for the elected president, eight (8) hours tuition over two semesters for the elected vice president, and eight (8) hours tuition over two semesters for the elected secretary of the Student Government Association.

 

Student Nursing Association (SNA) Scholarships

are funded by the SNA and awarded by the Nursing Department.

 

Technical Faculty and Staff Scholarships

are presented to deserving Technical Division students, with consideration given for financial need.

 

Technology Scholarships

are awarded to students planning to pursue technical degrees or certificates. GSCC offers partial to full tuition scholarships to students in technical majors. At least 75% of classes must be within the technical major. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. Recipients are selected by the Technology Scholarship Committee.

 

Nell Thomas Memorial Nursing Scholarship

is awarded yearly to a second-year RN student with consideration given to a student with financial need. Recipients are selected by the Nursing Department.

 

Transfer Scholarships

are available to most universities. In the twelve month period prior to completing academic work at Gadsden State, the student should inquire at the intended university or on the university's web site regarding scholarship opportunities. Scholarship awards are made by the sponsoring institutions; however, a few institutions permit the Gadsden State Community College Honors Committee to make recommendations regarding the recipients. Students may apply for transfer scholarships at the Student Activities Office in February in anticipation of transferring for the following Fall semester. A student must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and cannot have previously attended the transfer institution full time. The following institutions traditionally offer scholarships:  JSU, UAB, UAH, University of Alabama, and University of Montevallo.

 

Upward Bound Bridge Scholarships

pay tuition for one or two classes (depending on available funds) in the summer semester for participating students. This scholarship program assists graduating high school seniors in “bridging” the gap between high school and college.

 

Jim Vanderford Technical Scholarships

are awarded to students pursuing technical degrees or certificates. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. Recipients are recommended by the Technical Scholarship Committee.

 

Jesse L. Walker, Jr., Business Scholarship

is awarded to a full-time rising sophomore who is an Etowah County resident. The recipient must not qualify for any other financial aid and must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA. Selection is made by the Business Department.

Riley Whitaker Memorial Scholarship

is awarded to a deserving graduating senior of Glencoe High School. Consideration is given based on academic record (minimum 2.5 GPA required), demonstrated financial need, and faculty/leader recommendations. Recipient is recommended by Glencoe High School.

 

Rubye and R. M. Walker Fund

provides both full and partial tuition scholarships to students based on need and/or academic achievement.

 

Wells Fargo Scholarships

are provided through a grant funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation.  Through this grant, scholarships are provided to individuals with low to moderate income, including those unemployed or underemployed so that they may receive training to upgrade existing skills or to learn new skills in order to secure employment and economic self-sufficiency. Selection is made based on the grant guidelines. For additional information, please contact the Skills Training Department at 256.549.8640.

West/Pentecost Endowment Scholarship

was established by Eric Pentecost in honor of his former Boy Scout leader, W. C. West. This scholarship provides partial tuition assistance to a second-year Electrical Technology or Electronic Engineering Technology student. Selection is made by the Technology Department.

Women's Club of Weiss Lake Scholarship

provides partial tuition to a deserving female student. Eligible recipients must be Cherokee County residents, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate financial need.  For additional information, please call 256.927.1805.

 

Jerry W. Worthy & Larry T. Memorial Scholarship

provides tuition, books, and supplies for a second-year nursing student. Selection is made by the Nursing Department.

 

Peggy Yurk Memorial Nursing Scholarships

provide assistance to students in the final year of the nursing program. Recipients are selected by the Nursing Department.

NOTE: Private Scholarship Funds are coordinated through the College Business Office (256.549.8214 or 256-549-8216).