GlaxoSmithKline Opportunity Scholarship for Research Triangle Park

Type Scholarship
Amount $20,000



Any person who is a U.S. Citizen and/or Legal resident of the U.S. for a minimum of one year and residing in Durham, Orange, or Wake counties for a minimum of one year may apply. The applicant must demonstrate the potential to succeed despite adversity as well as an exceptional desire to improve himself or herself through further education or training. Past recipients, for example, have included a recovering alcoholic, a former welfare recipient, and a Vietnamese refugee. Because of the nature of the scholarship, high school students seeking general scholarship assistance are discouraged from applying unless they have faced significant adversity.

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. They may be used for state universities in North Carolina or community colleges.

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


The Scholarship may be applied toward expenses for tuition, required fees, and required books or materials not covered by other financial aid, up to four years and up to $5,000 per year. It is automatically renewable provided the recipient remains a student in good standing in the program he or she has chosen. (The Scholarship does not cover living expenses such as room and board, transportation, or child care.) The scholarship may be used for state universities in North Carolina or community colleges.


You must submit a completed, application form, a typed answer to the narrative question (as a separate attachment), and transcripts from each high school and institution of higher education you are currently attending or have attended in the past five years. In addition, you must have one person who knows you well (but not a family member) submit a recommendation form. The recommendation is a critical part of your application, so choose someone who can specifically address your adversity and your desire for further education or training.

All application materials, including transcript, must be postmarked on or before March 15. Please indicate if you will be receiving financial aid, and if so, for how much?

Please do not contact GlaxoSmithKline directly.


    Other Restrictions

    Legal Resident for a minimum of one year.


    This funding opportunity requires applicants to hold U.S. Citizenship.

    More Information

    Linda Depo
    Triangle Community Foundation Scholarship Program, PO Box 12834
    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2834
    Phone: (919) 474-8370