GSK Opportunity Scholarship

Administering Organization: Triangle Community Foundation


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


To be eligible to receive the GSK Opportunity Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen for a minimum of one year;
  • Reside in Durham, Orange, or Wake counties for a minimum of one year;
  • Be eligible to receive North Carolina resident tuition costs;
  • Attend a public state university or community college in North Carolina.
  • Demonstrate the potential to succeed despite adversity as well as an exceptional desire to improve himself or herself through further education or training.

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.

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 an advanced degree 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.

Awards will be made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age or national origin. GSK and Triangle Community Foundation employees or their family members are not eligible. Award recipients are expected to attend the award ceremony on June 20, 2017.


Up to $20,000

Application Deadline

March 15, 2018

How To Apply

Application forms must be submitted using the Foundation’s online system.  You will be prompted to create a profile, upload a completed application form and attachments, and provide the name and email address of your recommender.  Recommenders will be notified by email through the system and will be asked to submit their recommendations online on or before March 15th, so we encourage you to start your online application as soon as possible.  Transcripts must be postmarked by March 15th and mailed to:

Triangle Community Foundation
Attn: GSK Opportunity Scholarship
PO Box 12729
Durham, NC 27709

Please note that only complete applications submitted through the online system will be accepted. If you have questions regarding the application please contact us prior to the application deadline.

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Sarah Battersby

Scholarships & Donor Services Officer
Phone 919.474.8370 ext:4015