The GKF Scholarship

The Gavalas Kolanko Foundation (GKF) is proud to award scholarships to students with physical impairments (sight, hearing, movement) at the College of Charleston and Charleston Southern University . The scholarship can be renewed for up to a total of four years. A full application is required the first application year. Each of the following years a current transcript is required by the application deadline. The scholarship is not automatically renewed each year, a transcript must be provided for the board to review.


The recipient needs to be willing to serve as a representative of the Foundation and participate in GKF-related functions that occur during the scholarship year. This could include attending a Riverdogs baseball game on Disability Awareness Night, a cocktail party, or the Charleston James Island Connector Run, which is held the first Saturday of every November on "Students with Disabilities Day," proclaimed by Mayor Joe Riley, Jr.

Scholarship Applications

CofC Application CSU Application The Citadel Application

T T C Application Art Institute Application

    The application must be accompanied by the following:

  • Personal letter outlining your educational and vocational desires
  • Complete, official transcript of your academic record
  • Small photo of yourself
  • List of extracurricular activities, and organizations/clubs of which you currently or have previously held membership status
  • Minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a former teacher

The scholarship recipient is selected by the Gavalas Kolanko Staff and Board Members. Selection is based on academic achievements, community involvement, and need of financial assistance.

Past Scholarship Recipients

2012 Scholarship Recipients

Stephen Brown, Drew Allen Moore, Kayana Ladson, Maria Saxon, Elizabeth Simmons, Elena Swink, Aaron Gruber,Logan Norris, Shelby Semmes, Edgar “Chopper” Johnson

2011 Scholarship Recipients

Michael Flowers; Aaron Gruber; Tori Hamilton; Andrew Holloway; Edgar “Chopper” Johnson; Logan Norris; Shelby Semmes; and Meagan Orton, Miss College of Charleston 2010.

2010 Scholarship Recipients

Daniel Klein, Meagan Orton, Christine Trahan, Alex Jackson, Andrew Holloway.. Not pictured: Alan Sea.

2009 Scholarship Recipients

Alan Sea, Alex Jackson, Andrew Holloway, Rachel Beahm, Ryan Watkins, Emily Lyles, Steven Melcher, , Christine Trahan, and .

2008 Scholarship Recipients

Rachel Beahm, Alex Jackson, Emily Lyles, Steven Melcher, Alan Sea, Christine Trahan, and Ryan Watkins.

2007 Scholarship Recipients

Alex Jackson, Daniel Klein, Alan Sea, Jordan Thomas, Ryan Watkins, Shane Clark


2000-2006 Scholarship Recipients

In September 2000 Martin Grant, Jr. of James Island, SC became the first recipient of the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation Scholarship. A psychology major at the College of Charleston, Martin received $1,250 from the GKF to help with his college expenses.

"I'm truly grateful and honored," said Martin, who was nominated for the scholarship by C of C Psychology Professor Carol Toris and Maria Richardson, the school's former Coordinator of Disability Services.

Martin graduated in June of 2001 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.

Twenty three scholarships were awarded between 2000 and 2006. An additional 38 scholarships have been awarded since 2006, bringing the total amount of the scholarships awarded to more than $100,000.


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