The Gulf Coast Italian Culture Society, Inc (CGICS) awards $1,000 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. Finalists must also participate in an in-person interview by Scholarship Committee members.
- 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, and
- Minimum SAT combined, verbal & math, of 1200 or ACT composite score of 25.