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(SALT LAKE CITY, Utah.) - Columbia College-Salt Lake City awarded $500 scholarships to Scott Nesbitt of West Jordan and Eric R. Hill of Layton in honor of Frank S. Westling. Westling was a former dean of the college's Extended Studies Division, which serves adult learners and military personnel nationwide.
Nesbitt is a senior criminal justice administration major and police officer at the Midvale City Police Department. He is vice president of the Midvale City Employee's Association and taught the D.A.R.E. program at Midvale Elementary School for five years. Nesbit was named 2003 Midvale City Police Officer of the Year and 2004 Detective of the Year. Hill is a senior psychology major and aircraft mechanic in the Utah Air National Guard. He has received many awards for his service, including the Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon and three Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medals.
The scholarship was awarded to one student at most of Columbia College's 30 nationwide campuses. To qualify for the Westling scholarship, applicants had to:
- Complete a scholarship application
- Pursue degree completion with Columbia College
- Have a minimum Columbia College GPA of 3.0
- Have residency of at least 15 hours with Columbia College
- Have a history of leadership and service to their community, school or country
- Write a 400-500 word essay on their achievements and career goals
"Columbia College is proud to offer this scholarship to students at our extended campuses," said Mike Randerson, Columbia College vice president for Adult Higher Education. "Frank Westling was instrumental in establishing the Extended Studies Division to serve working adults and military personnel, and he would be pleased to know the scholarship is helping fulfill the educational goals of students around the country."
Prior to joining the college, Westling served in the U.S. Army for 31 years and retired as a colonel. He was a highly decorated infantry soldier and was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal and Silver Star.
The Westling Scholarship is a nonrenewable scholarship and will be awarded to a new student each year.
Columbia College was founded in Missouri in 1851. Today, the college serves 20,000 students at its Day Campus, Evening Campus, Graduate Program, 30 nationwide campuses and Online Campus.