Scholarships are an excellent way to help reduce the costs of higher education. Similar to grants, they are considered a type of gift aid and are not required to be repaid. FGCU offers a variety of scholarship opportunities and encourages all prospective and current students to apply.
Click on the links below to learn about the many scholarship opportunities available through FGCU, community and national organizations and to access our Frequently Asked Questions.
FGCU Foundation ScholarshipsToggle More Info
FGCU Foundation scholarships are awarded annually on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, major of study and/or other specifications set by donors. All prospective and current students should apply.
- The FGCU Foundation Scholarship Application is available annually between October 1 and March 1. Students who apply by January 1 of each year will be given priority.
- Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate level students.
- An FGCU University Identification Number (UIN) is needed to apply.
- Prospective students do not need to wait until they are accepted to apply. Once you have your UIN you may complete the application. UIN’s are assigned to prospective students upon submission of an Admissions application.
- Completing a FAFSA application is not required for FGCU Foundation scholarships; however, it is highly recommended in order to maximize eligibility for all need-based financial aid and scholarship opportunities. The FAFSA should be completed annually by our January 1st priority deadline.
- The foundation scholarship application is also used to determine a student’s eligibility for the First Generation Matching Grant.
FGCU Undergraduate Admissions Merit ScholarshipsToggle More Info
Florida Gulf Coast University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers numerous scholarships for incoming freshman, dual enrolled and transfer students.
View FGCU Admissions Merit Scholarships for more information.
Graduate Scholarships, Assistantships, Fellowships and Tuition SupportToggle More Info
As a graduate student at FGCU, you have access to a number of tools and resources that enable you to fund your graduate studies.
View Financing Graduate Studies for more information.
In-state Tuition Waivers/Non-resident tuition waiversToggle More Info
FGCU Undergraduate Admissions offers tuition waivers for in-state and non-residents. Undocumented students, including students who have received deferred action (DACA), may qualify for this waiver.
View Admissions Scholarships & Waivers for more information.
International Student Scholarship OpportunitiesToggle More Info
FGCU is committed to diversity and welcomes international students. Applicants should apply for scholarships/assistantships/fellowships through the appropriate sponsoring body/graduate program. Below are resources from both the University and outside organizations to help you find scholarships.
Study Abroad ScholarshipsToggle More Info
Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity that leads to life-changing experiences. FGCU is committed to providing its students with the tools and resources necessary to offset the cost of an international experience.
- Honors College Development Funds
- Perez Family Study Abroad Scholarship
- St. Andrews Society of Naples Scotland Scholarship
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
For more national and program provider scholarship opportunities, visit the Study Abroad Website.
Southern Scholarship FoundationToggle More Info
Through rent-free housing and cooperative living, Southern Scholarship Foundation supports students who lack financial resources, demonstrate excellent academic merit, and exemplify good character attend institutions of higher education. Students work in a cooperative partnership to purchase and prepare meals, and also assume responsibility for all household tasks. FGCU scholarship recipients reside in the Gresham Kite Pilot Scholarship House located in North Lake Village with students representing a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
For more information, please visit the Southern Scholarship Foundation website.
Theodore R. & Vivian M. Johnson ScholarshipToggle More Info
The Johnson Scholarship is a competitively awarded program available to undergraduate students with disabilities. Scholarships are contingent upon annual funding by the Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Foundation and matching funding by the Florida Legislature.
Please visit the Office of Adaptive Services for more information.
Community Foundation ScholarshipsToggle More Info
Community foundations are independent public charities created by and for the people within a local area. Community Foundations manage scholarship opportunities from private donors, corporations, and organizations who wish to assist students with their educational paths and dreams.
- Cape Coral Community Foundation
- Community Foundation of Collier County
- Charlotte County Community Foundation
- The Immokalee Foundation
- SWFL Community Foundation
Use the Community Foundation Locator to find a community foundation in your area.
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship ProgramToggle More Info
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship is a Florida lottery-funded scholarship program that rewards students for their academic achievements during high school by offering funding for the pursuit of postsecondary educational and career goals in Florida. FGCU accepts the Bright Futures Academic scholarship and the Bright Futures Medallion scholarship.
View Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program for more information.
Florida Student Scholarship ProgramsToggle More InfoThe Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), administers a variety of scholarships to assist Florida residents with the cost of their postsecondary education. Below is a list of scholarship programs administered by OSFA.
- Benacquisto Scholarship
- Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
- Florida Farmworker Student Scholarship
- José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund
- The Minority Teacher Education Scholars (MTES)
- The Rosewood Family Scholarship Program
- Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans (CSDDV)
Military and Veteran ScholarshipsToggle More Info
There are many scholarship opportunities available to military affiliated students and their families. Scholarships can supplement other funding like VA education benefits, federal or state grants, or other scholarships.
- AFCEA War Veterans Scholarships
- Air Force Aid Society
- American Legion Legacy
- American Veterans (AMVETS) Scholarships
- Army Scholarship Foundation
- Children of Fallen Patriots
- Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
- Fischer House Foundation
- Folds of Honor Scholarship
- Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund
- Hero’s Legacy Scholarship
- Hope for Warriors Scholarship
- Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
- Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
- National Association of Veterans Upward Bound
- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS)
- Pat Tillman Foundation
- Student Veterans of America
For information on using your VA benefits, contact Veterans Services.
Outside (External) ScholarshipsToggle More Info
An outside scholarship is any scholarship not awarded by the government or the school, such as a scholarship provided by a private sector company, philanthropist or foundation. All students are encouraged to apply for outside scholarships. We’ve found that students have the greatest success when seeking scholarships from organizations they already know. We recommend you start your search by finding out what scholarships may be offered by:
- Your high school
- Clubs or organizations where you are a member
- Your employer or that of your parent(s)
- Other local opportunities in your area (competitions, essay projects, etc.)
Once you've investigated local opportunities, you can expand your search to the web. Listed below are several links to websites where you can learn about and apply for various outside scholarship opportunities.
Frequently Asked QuestionsToggle More Info
Do I need to report my scholarships from private donors?
Federal regulations require students to report any scholarships, grants, loans, and other types of assistance received from various outside sources. Report outside resources as soon as you are aware of the award directly to your financial aid advisor using the email us link.
How will outside scholarships affect my financial aid package?
Total financial aid awards received through scholarships, grants, work-study and/or loans may not exceed the cost of attendance at FGCU for one year. Receiving a scholarship may cause a reduction in other financial aid. If possible, loans will be reduced. However, it is sometimes necessary to reduce work-study, grants (with the exception of Federal Pell Grant), and/or scholarships. This policy is in accordance with federal regulations and institutional policy. If your financial aid must be reduced due to receipt of a scholarship, you will receive an email notification.
My scholarship donor needs enrollment verification. What do I do?
The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships refers requests for enrollment verification to the Office of the Records and Registration. You may complete the Enrollment Certification Request form to obtain this information.
Who do I contact if my scholarship provider has requested a billing invoice?
All requests for an invoice should be directed to the Bursar’s Office.
Where do I send a scholarship check?
To ensure proper credit to your account, please ask the donor to include your full name and University identification number (UIN) on the scholarship check.
Scholarship checks should be made payable to "Florida Gulf Coast University" and sent to:
Florida Gulf Coast University
Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
10501 FGCU Blvd S
Fort Myers, FL 33965
I have a check made payable to both me and FGCU. What should I do?
If you receive a scholarship check made co-payable to you, (i.e. payable to FGCU & [Your Name]), endorse (sign) the back of the check before mailing or dropping off the check to us. Please make sure your name and University ID number (UIN) are sent with the check. Checks which are not endorsed, cannot be deposited and credited to your account.
How are awards applied to my account?
If the scholarship provider specifies how the scholarship is to be applied, FGCU will follow their instructions. If the award letter does not specify a distribution schedule, and you have not requested otherwise, FGCU will split awards of $2,000 or more equally between the fall and spring semesters. Awards of less than $2,000 will be applied in full to the semester in which the payment is received.
How will I know when my check has arrived?
Once the check has been received and processed, it will appear in your financial aid award section on Gulfline.