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GSK Opportunity Scholarship

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Triangle Community Foundation


In 1988 GSK, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, made a significant gift to its home community by creating the GSK Opportunity Scholarship Fund. Administered by Triangle Community Foundation, this Fund offers residents of Durham, Orange, or Wake County, who have overcome significant adversity, the opportunity to pursue their dreams and improve their lives through education or training.


To be eligible to receive the GSK Opportunity Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen for a minimum of one year;
  • Reside in Durham, Orange, or Wake counties for a minimum of one year;
  • Be eligible to receive North Carolina resident tuition costs;
  • Attend a public state university or community college in North Carolina.
  • Demonstrate the potential to succeed despite adversity as well as an exceptional desire to improve himself or herself through further education or training.
  • There are no limitations on age, income level or previous education. Similarly, there are no limitations on the course of study or type of education or training program the applicant is planning to pursue. Scholarships may be used to begin a new program of study or continue a program in which the applicant is already enrolled.
  • Past recipients, for example, have included individuals who have overcome physical and sexual abuse, as well as homelessness as children, a recovering alcohol and heroin addict finishing a pre-law program, a young man living with Hodgkin’s disease who just completed an advanced degree and a woman who raised three children on her own, survived bankruptcy and clinical depression and who is now studying to be a teacher of the deaf at a small four-year college. Due to the nature of the scholarship, high school students seeking general scholarship assistance are discouraged from applying unless they have faced significant adversity.

    Awards will be made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age or national origin. GSK and Triangle Community Foundation employees or their family members are not eligible. Award recipients are expected to attend the award ceremony on July 15, 2015.


    Up to $20,000

    How To Obtain An Application

    Applications for 2015 will be available soon.  Please check back often or sign up to receive our “Information about Scholarships and Awards” emails.

    Review the scholarship guidelines and instructions for submitting an application.

    Application forms must be submitted using the Foundation’s online system.  Click here to begin the application process.  You will be prompted to create a profile, upload your completed application form, and provide the name and email address of your recommender.  Recommenders will be notified by email through the system and will be asked to submit their recommendations online on or before March 15th, so we encourage you to start your online application as soon as possible.  Transcripts must be postmarked by March 15th and mailed to:

    Triangle Community Foundation
    Attn: GSK Opportunity Scholarship
    324 Blackwell Street, Suite 1220
    Durham, NC 27701

    Application forms are included in the application portal, and can also be downloaded here. The application form is an Adobe Form. Save the form to your computer or flash drive BEFORE answering any questions.  Open the saved file in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader and complete by filling in the appropriate blanks.  Save the completed form to your computer or flash drive, and upload the file in the scholarship portal.  You may also scan and upload a completed form.  Please note that all applications must be typed.

    Application Deadline

    March 15, 2015