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Columbia College-Los Alamitos awards scholarships

(LOS ALAMITOS, Calif.) - Columbia College-Los Alamitos awarded $500 scholarships to David Marquez of Chino Hills and Carol Biri of Los Alamitos 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.

Marquez is a senior general studies major, 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army and JROTC instructor at Sonora High School. He and his students have participated in many community service projects, including park beautification and a food and toy drive.

Biri is a senior general studies major and president of the Columbia College-Los Alamitos chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society. She actively demonstrates leadership at Columbia College-

Los Alamitos by assisting with graduation ceremonies and organizing Alpha Sigma Lambda induction dinners.

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.