Scholarships

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In addition to the Financial Aid programs, students may be able to obtain assistance in the form of scholarships granted based on academic or technical achievements, participation in extracurricular and leadership activities and exhibited talents of the fine arts or athletics. Scholarships are available to current Gadsden State students as well as graduating high school seniors.

General Scholarship Application

Scholarships are awarded based on fund availability. Scholarship recipients are notified by award letter only. Private scholarship funds are applied to student accounts through the College Business Office 256-549-8214 or 256-549-8216.

Current college students should complete the General Scholarship Application. Completion of the FAFSA is recommended for all students applying for scholarship assistance. The Gadsden State school code is 001017.

For more information on student accounts, call the Business Office at 256-549-8214 or 256-549-8216. For questions about scholarships, call the scholarships manager at 256-549-8203.

 

2020 GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR APPLICATION

Currently, Gadsden State is not accepting scholarship applications from high school students. However, the Graduating High School Application will go live in October.  A high school student must be clear with Admissions before they may complete a Graduating High School Student Scholarship Application. This electronic application must be submitted by the strict deadline of March 1, 2020, 11:59:59 p.m. The General Scholarship Application will not substitute for a Graduating High School Student Application. Once a student is enrolled for college they may complete the General Scholarship Application, which is for college students. Students needing assistance in completing the high school scholarship application should see their high school counselor or contact a Gadsden State enrollment specialist at 256-549-8305 or the scholarship manager at 256-549-8203.

 

Presidential Scholarships

These scholarships pay partial- to full-tuition awards 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.


ACE Institute Scholarships

Eligible dual enrollment students interested in certain career technical programs identified as high-wage, high-demand may qualify for the ACE Institute Scholarship. These scholarships are funded by the Career Technical Dual Enrollment Grant through the Alabama Community College System and covers tuition. The student is responsible for fees, books and materials/supplies. For more information on the application process and list of scholarship-eligible programs, click here. 


Alabama Iron and Steel Council Scholarship

This scholarship provides assistance to students who are pursuing iron/steel manufacturing careers. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2020. Students must be enrolled in a course of study pertaining to iron or steel production such as industrial automation, electronic engineering, welding, etc. They also must pass a drug test and maintain reasonable academic standards.


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Scholarship

The AKA Scholarship is awarded to a minority student enrolled in a Valley Street Campus program. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. The scholarship can be applied toward tuition, books or fees.
 

Ambassador Scholarships

These 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 includes academic merit, club/organization participation and extracurricular activities. 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

Scholarships are offered to students who athletically excel. Interested students should contact the GSCC Athletic Department by calling 256.549.8310. Scholarships are available for males in basketball, tennis, and basketball managers. Scholarships are available for females in basketball, volleyball and managers.


Ayers Employee Fund

This 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.


Barnes and Noble Book Scholarship

This scholarship provides limited textbook scholarships based on available funds. 
 

Barry Boatwright Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship provides tuition for a student in a science-related major. Recommendation is made by the Science Department and approved by the Scholarship Committee.
 

Bingo Scholarships

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 on a term-by-term basis.  Students may apply for Bingo Scholarships more than once. 
 

Buffalo Rock Donation Athletic Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. The scholarship can be applied for tuition, book, supplies or fees to a female or male basketball player.
 

Buffalo Rock Donation General Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. The scholarship can be applied for tuition, book, supplies or fees.


Buffalo Rock Endowment Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded for Fall and Spring semesters to a deserving student. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required.
 

Bush Memorial Endowment Scholarship

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

Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

The Chamber of Commerce Scholarship is awarded to students demonstrating financial need and meeting all requirements for college entry. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be a resident of Calhoun County and attend the Ayers Campus.
 

ACE Institute Achievement Scholarship

The new ACE Institute Achievement Scholarship provides assistance to former dual enrollment students who have completed 21 credit hours. Full-time enrollment is required. This scholarship is renewable if criteria is met. A minimum 3.5 GPA is required.
 

Larry Joe Chesnut Memorial Scholarship

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

Health Sciences Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to students planning to pursue health sciences degrees or certificates. GSCC offers partial tuition scholarships to students in health science majors. A minimum 2.75 GPA is required. Recipients are selected by the Health Sciences Scholarship Committee.
 

Scholarships for Children of Blind Parents

Children of blind parents may be eligible for a scholarship covering full tuition and fees. Recipients are selected by the Alabama Department of Education, from which applications are available. Students must be a dependent of a blind parent and meet income, GPA and age criteria.
 

Citizen Baptist Medical Center Volunteer Program Scholarships

These 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.
 

BBVA/Compass Bank Endowment Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students with at least a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Financial need is considered. Preference is given to bank employees and dependents.
 

Jerry L. Culberson Nursing Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to Cherokee County residents who have been accepted into the nursing program and who plan to attend nursing classes at Gadsden State Cherokee.  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

This 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 FAFSA to be considered.
 

Donation Scholarships

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

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

EMS Endowment Scholarships

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

EMS Kayla Oglesbey Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an EMS major who has completed the Advanced EMT level at Gadsden State Community College and is entering into the Paramedic Program. The student may be full or part time. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, books, EMS fees or NREMT testing fees.
 

Victor Ficker Endowment Scholarship

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

Amy Floyd Honorary Scholarship

This scholarship provides books and required supplies for a second-year RN student. Recommendation is made by the Nursing Department and approved by the Scholarship Committee.  This scholarship is awarded based on financial need and academic standing.
 

Joe & Brenda Ford Memorial Endowment Scholarships

These scholarships cover tuition for up to two semesters for 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 Club Endowment Scholarship

The Gadsden Rotary Club Endowment Scholarship is awarded to an Etowah County resident for one term only. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required.
 

Gadsden State Community College Alumni Association Scholarships

The Alumni Association provides 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, resume (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. More information is available here: (you will need to make a link when I finish the text for the Alumni Association scholarship page)
 

Gadsden State Community College Faculty and Staff Scholarships

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

 

Gadsden State Cardinal Foundation Scholarships

The Cardinal Foundation offers scholarships for tuition, fees and books to students attending Gadsden State Community College as approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors. More information is available here: (you will need to make a link when I finish the text for the Cardinal Foundation scholarship page)


GED One Free Class Scholarship

Students who have successfully completed the GED test may be entitled to enroll in one Gadsden State Community College course free of charge. Complete the application and mail to the Scholarship Manager. 


GED Scholarship

The GED Scholarship is awarded at the Fall and Spring GED graduation to the graduate with the highest GED test score. The scholarship covers up to 13 credit hours for the Fall and Spring semesters for up to two years. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required to maintain scholarship eligibility.
 

Griffith Memorial Nursing Scholarship

This 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

This scholarship provides partial-tuition scholarships to Career Technical students enrolled in Construction Technology, HVAC or Electrical Technology programs at a Gadsden campus with consideration given for financial need.


Haas Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students recommended by the Precision Machining Department who are currently enrolled in the Precision Machining program.  This scholarship is funded by the Gene Haas Foundation Co. 
 

Jonathan Harris Memorial Scholarship

This memorial scholarship is awarded to a deserving special education graduate of Etowah High School. Recipient is recommended by Etowah High School and approved by the Scholarship Committee.
 

Honors Scholar Program

The 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. Applicants should be in the Top 15% of their graduating class. A minimum grade average of 85 and a composite ACT score of 24 or SAT score of 1200 are preferred. Statement of interest and essay are required. Selection for the full- or partial-tuition scholarships is made by the Honors Scholarship Committee.
 

Mary F. Lambert Scholarship

This scholarship was established by August Lehi and friends of Mary Lambert to provide scholarships to students majoring in Court Reporting. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. The recipient is recommended by the Court Reporting Department and approved by the Scholarship Committee.
 

Leadership in Childcare Scholarships

These scholarships provide tuition and selected fees to childcare center directors, teachers and home providers to enroll in the 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 her signature on the scholarship application prior to submitting the application. Eligibility is determined by the Alabama Department of Human Resources. For more information, call the Child Development program director at 256-549-8335.
 

Mary Martin Endowment Scholarship

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

Newell Massey Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship pays tuition only.
 

George McSpadden Memorial Scholarship

The George McSpadden Scholarship is awarded to a part-time or full-time student. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. The scholarship can be applied for tuition and associated fees. The recipient is recommended by the Music Department and approved by the Scholarship Committee.
 

Meadows Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Shirley Meadows and is awarded to a deserving Medical Laboratory Science student. The recipient is recommended by the MLT Department and approved by the Scholarship Committee.
 

Cam Menzies Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship provides a partial tuition scholarship to a deserving sophomore student in the Court Reporting Program. The recipient is recommended by the Court Reporting Department and approved by the Scholarship Committee.
 

Minority (HBCU) Scholarships

The 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 a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).
 

Lucian Newman Endowment Scholarship

This 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

This 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

This 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

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

Operation Family Shield Scholarship Program

This 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)

These scholarships are awarded 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.
 

Peer Tutor Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to students who provide four hours of tutoring per week. Students selected must have a 3.2 GPA, excellent communication skills and must be approved by the Scholarship Committee. The student must have earned 15 credit hours at the time of award. The selection process may include an interview.
 

Peggy Yurk Memorial Nursing Scholarships

These scholarships provide assistance to students in the final year of the nursing program. The recipient is recommended by the Nursing Department and approved by the Scholarship Committee.
 

Performing Arts Scholarships

Performing Arts scholarships provide tuition to students who excel in band, chorus, fine arts 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.
 

Poultry Science Scholarship

The Poultry Science Scholarship has been established for the express purpose of providing scholarships for students enrolled in the Poultry Science Program at Gadsden State Cherokee and who intend to transfer to Auburn University and major in Poultry Science. Recipients will receive a scholarship award in the amount of 13 credit hours for the fall semester. The scholarship is open to all students enrolled in the Poultry Science Program at Gadsden State. Students must take AGP 130 at Gadsden State Cherokee and have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. The application deadline for the 2020-21 academic year is June 1, 2020. 


Rip Reagan Show Band Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students enrolled full time while participating in prescribed band activities. They must also have having a minimum 2.2 GPA. Students must be recommended based on performance/audition.
 

Joe Robertson Memorial Scholarship

This 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. The recipient is recommended by the History Department and approved by the Scholarship Committee.
 

Sanders-Burgard Scholarships

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

Senior Adult Scholarship Program

This 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. The scholarship will not apply to repeat classes, regardless of initial funding source. This scholarship can cover up to six hours per semester of in-state tuition only after all other forms of financial assistance have been exhausted.
 

Skills Training Scholarships and Tuition Assistance Programs

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

Steinberg Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students accepted to the Registered Nursing program demonstrating financial need. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and be a resident of Etowah County.
 

Student Government Association (SGA) Scholarship

This scholarship provides tuition assistance for the elected officers of the Student Government Association.
 

Student Nursing Association (SNA) Scholarships

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

Technical Faculty and Staff Scholarships

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

Technology Scholarships

The 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 percent 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

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

Transfer Scholarships

Transfer scholarships are available to most universities. In the 12-month period prior to completing academic work at Gadsden State, the student should inquire at the intended university or on the university's website 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.
 

Jim Vanderford Technical Scholarships

These 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

This 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. The recipient is recommended by the Business Department and approved by the Scholarship Committee.
 

Rubye and R. M. Walker Fund

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

Wells Fargo Scholarships

These scholarships are provided through a grant funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation.  The 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.
 

Jerry W. Worthy & Larry T. Memorial Scholarship

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

Ambassador Scholarships

These scholarships provide full or partial 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 includes academic merit, club/organization participation and extracurricular activities. 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

Scholarships are offered to students who athletically excel. Interested students should contact the GSCC Athletic Department by calling 256.549.8310. Scholarships are available for males in basketball, tennis, and basketball managers. Scholarships are available for females in basketball, volleyball and managers.
 

Minority (HBCU) Scholarships

The 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 a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).
 

Health Sciences Scholarships

These full or partial tuition scholarships are awarded to students planning to purpose health sciences degree or certificate programs. Students in general majors are not eligible for the Health Sciences scholarships. Acceptance into a Health Sciences program is required for consideration. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required.
 

Performing Arts Scholarships

Performing Arts scholarships provide tuition to students who excel in 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. The scholarships are full or partial tuition.
 

Technical Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to students planning to pursue technical degrees or program certificates. Students who apply with an undeclared or general major status are not eligible for consideration of technical scholarships.
 

Manufacturing Enrichment Scholarship

This 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 Alabama Technology Network on the East Broad Campus.
 

Upward Bound Bridge Scholarships

These 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.
 

Riley Whitaker Memorial Scholarship

This 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. The recipient is recommended by Glencoe High School and approved by the Scholarship Committee.