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Columbia College awards scholarships to local students

Three local students were awarded a 2012 Columbia College-Jefferson City Scholarship worth $1,000:

Matthew Blansett

Jason Hebenheimer

Dana Pridgin

“We are thrilled to recognize these students with a scholarship,” said Rebecca Gordon-Bocklage, director of Columbia College-Jefferson City. “They are all dedicated students, and we are pleased to help them further their education.”

Blansett is majoring in history with a minor in education. He works for the Callaway Soil and Water Conservation District in Fulton, Mo. He lives in Auxvasse, Mo., with his wife, Krista, daughter, Macyn, and son, Ryan.

Hebenheimer is double majoring in English and history. He recently became a partner in a local business, Aces Pest Solutions, and is a certified dog handler. He resides in St. Martins with his wife, Kellie, and three kids, Lexi, Jake and Zoe.

Pridgin is earning a bachelor’s degree in human services. She is a grant specialist for the Office of State Courts-Administrator and lives in Jefferson City with her son, Jake.

Columbia College-Jefferson City was established in 1974 at the National Guard Armory and started serving the civilian population in 1982. The campus has resided at its current location on Emerald Lane since 2000, and continues to serve civilian and military adult learners in the Jefferson City area.

Columbia College-Jefferson City offers seven associate degrees and seven bachelor’s degrees on campus in addition to 23 online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

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