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Local student receives Columbia College Servant Leadership Award

Ashley Bascio of Florissant, Mo., recently received the Columbia College Servant Leadership Award at the annual Student Affairs awards banquet. The award honors a student who has devoted his or her time to improving the community they live in by volunteering their time generously to a cause or group.

Bascio has participated in many service projects and philanthropic events such as visiting the Central Missouri Food Bank and donating to the Special Olympics Polar Plunge. She also volunteers at a local no-kill animal shelter where she assists with adoption and fundraising events and exercises the animals and cleans up after them.

The Division of Student Affairs provides programs and services that encourage the development of an inclusive, involved and educated community. Student success is fostered by a commitment to provide opportunities and support services that promote individual growth, leadership and character development, academic achievement, having fun and the development of positive lifelong relationships.

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