In addition to offering 59 degree programs and more than 800 online classes for the ultimate in choice and flexibility, Columbia College also offers a multitude of scholarships for students, servicemembers and their families at campuses across the country. Some scholarship deadlines are approaching fast, so read on to learn more, and be sure to visit the Columbia College Scholarship Finder for information on additional scholarships and grants available by campus.
For any degree-seeking Columbia College students
$1,000 Columbia College Alumni Association Scholarship (four scholarships awarded): Feb. 26 deadline
Any current full-time undergraduate or graduate Columbia College student who is degree-seeking with a minimum of 2.75 GPA attending a Columbia College campus and has completed at least 24 credit hours is eligible to apply. Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. For more information about eligibility and to apply online, visit the Columbia College Alumni Association Scholars Program page.
For Nationwide, Online and Evening Campus students
$750 Frank S. Westling Scholarships: Feb. 5 deadline
Named in honor of a highly decorated infantry officer and former dean of Adult Higher Education, the application for this scholarship is available online and should be submitted electronically. In 2015, the award was given to 19 students from 12 campuses, including the Online Education Program. Visit the Columbia College Scholarship Finder to view eligibility criteria and to submit an application.
$1,000 eScholarship (multiple scholarships awarded nationally): Applications accepted April 1-June 10
The eScholarship is a one-time award designed to reward outstanding achievement in online study at Columbia College. The award will be for the upcoming academic year to undergraduate students who, in addition to meeting the minimum criteria, demonstrate a history of academic excellence and personal growth as a result of taking online courses with Columbia College. Visit the Columbia College Scholarship Finder for more information on eligibility and how to apply.
Campus scholarships: Deadline varies, check with your campus
Each campus offers its own scholarship for a minimum of $800 – often more! These scholarships are funded in part by the Adult Higher Education Endowment, which is supported generously by contributions from your local faculty and staff. Be sure to check with your campus office about the availability of and eligibility requirements for the scholarship at your campus.
Scholarships for servicemembers, veterans and their families
$1,000 Col. Charles E. McGee Scholarship: Feb. 28 deadline
Awarded to one Columbia College student each academic year, this scholarship honors a Columbia College alumnus and Tuskegee Airman who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.
$1,000 Col. Mike Randerson Scholarship: Feb. 28 deadline
Established in 2014, the Col. Mike Randerson Scholarship is an annual endowed scholarship created to help qualified veteran students, including active duty military, Guard, Reserve and/or their dependents who wish to attend the college. The scholarship recognizes the efforts of outstanding military students who exemplify Randerson’s dedication to service and education.
$500 Ousley Family Veterans Service Center Scholarship: Feb. 28 deadline
The Ousley Family Veterans Service Center Scholarship was established to honor and support the academic endeavors of veterans who have exhausted veterans educational benefits. The scholarship aids veterans who are making progress toward a degree but may not qualify for academic merit scholarship awards.
Click here for information on how to apply for scholarships for veterans.
Additional awards such as the Coast Guard Spouse Grant, Military Spouse Tuition Grant and Military Family Member’s Opportunity Grant are just a few of those available to dependents of military students. Visit the Columbia College Military Spouse Grants and Scholarships page for more information.