The Gulf Coast Italian Culture Society, Inc (CGICS) awards a minimum of $1,500 merit scholarships every year to selected students that meet the following criteria: full or partial Italian ancestry, scholastic merit, extracurricular school activities, community service, submission of an essay, and recommendation letters. Finalist must participate in a personal interview by selected committee members, prior to the final award determination. Interview date is March 23, 2024. Successful applicant must also commit to attend the GCICS Award Luncheon Festa, April 13, 2024.
- Meritorious High School Seniors with full or partial Italian ancestry.
- Students at any public or private high schools in Sarasota County, those in Manatee County, south of the Manatee River. (Bayshore, Central, Lakewood Ranch, Manatee, SouthEast ) and Lemon Bay H.S.
- Minimum overall unweighted Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.50
- Minimum SAT combined, verbal & math, of 1200 or ACT composite score of 25.