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GlaxoSmithKline Opportunity Scholarship

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Triangle Community Foundation


In 1988 GlaxoSmithKline, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, made a significant gift to its home community by creating the GlaxoSmithKline 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.


Any person who is a U.S. Citizen for a minimum of one year and residing in Durham, Orange, or Wake counties for a minimum of one year may apply. The applicant must be eligible to receive North Carolina resident tuition costs.  The applicant must demonstrate the potential to succeed despite adversity as well as an exceptional desire to improve himself or herself through further education or training. 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 the physician’s assistant program 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.

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. Scholarships may only be used for state universities or community colleges in North Carolina.

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


Up to $20,000

How To Obtain An Application

Review the scholarship guidelines and instructions for submitting an application.

Application forms can be downloaded here and must be typed. The application form is an Adobe Acrobat Form. Save the form to your computer or flash drive and complete it using Acrobat Reader by filling in the appropriate blanks.  Save the completed form to a personal computer or flash drive before uploading.

Application forms must be submitted using the Foundation’s new 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 and asked to submit their recommendations online on or before March 15th. 

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 Deadline

All application materials must be postmarked by March 15, 2014 in order to be considered