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.