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Columbia College changes 10 lives in two weeks

Over the span of two weeks in March, admissions representatives from Columbia College changed the lives of 10 students personally surprising each of them with news that they had been chosen for a full-ride scholarship. In total, the college awarded more than $800,000 in scholarship money.

“This is hands down one of our favorite things to do each year,” said Samantha White, director of Admissions. “These students have worked really hard, and we are thrilled to reward their efforts. It’s even better when we get to do that in person.”

It’s no secret that the cost of living and college expenses have risen over the years, making it more difficult for people to afford college without financial assistance. To help make college more affordable, Columbia College gives students a chance to compete for scholarship money at Scholarship Day. At the event, students complete a written exercise and a personal interview with faculty and staff.

For the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year, Columbia College awarded 10 incoming freshmen with full-ride scholarships. Five students received the Columbia College Scholarship worth full tuition, room and board, and five students received the Presidential Scholarship worth full tuition. All of the scholarships are renewable for three years based on academic performance.

To compete for the Columbia College and Presidential scholarships, students must be new freshman applicants with a minimum 3.5 GPA and a 26 ACT or 1190 SAT who demonstrate outstanding school and community leadership.

For more information on upcoming Scholarship Day competitions, visit

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 30,000 students each year and has more than 70,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit