Scholarship & Awards
Chief among the charter purposes of the Gulf Coast Italian Culture Society, Inc. (GCICS), is the commitment to fund post secondary education scholarships for meritorious area high school seniors of full or partial Italian ancestry.
Concomitantly, the GCICS is charged to provide support to “institutions, organizations and/or talented men and women from the greater Sarasota community in the fields of Italian music, art, architecture, language, literature and civilization.”
Commencing in 1994 the fledgling Society, through various fund-raisers and membership contributions, has implemented an enviable funding program of Scholarships and Awards, which have totaled well over $170,000.00. Since 2001, Awards have been made to the Sarasota Opera, for its Apprentice Youth Program and Youth Chorus, as well as to the Sarasota Ballet for its
Dance – The Next Generation program.
The Scholarship program has grown from two in 2001 to an average of six plus recently. Since the first selection in 1999, more than 80 area high schools seniors have received a scholarship from the Society, to continue their higher education. Selection for each $1,000.00 merit scholarship is based upon a completed application comprised of data to establish the applicant's full or partial Italian ancestry, scholastic merit, extra curricular school activities, community service, as well as the submission of an essay, and recommendation letters. Finalists must also participate in an in-person interview by Scholarship Committee members.
Further detail on the application process may be obtained by examining the Preparation Guide and or the prescribed GCICS Scholarship Application form, or by contacting the Scholarship Committee Chair, Julie Bondarenko, via Email: GCICSscholarship@gmail.com