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(MOBERLY, Mo.)-Soon to be a senior at Columbia College–Moberly, Rachael Grime was awarded two $500 scholarships for her academic excellence and community service.
Grime, originally from Cairo, Mo., is a recipient of the Frank G. Westling Scholarship and the Moberly Transfer Scholarship. After graduating high school in 2004, Grime attended Moberly Area Community College until 2006, when she transferred to Columbia College–Moberly. She plans to graduate in May 2008 with a degree in human resources and management.
Grime is excited about receiving the scholarships, which will help her achieve her educational goals.
"My mom is a single mother, so it is miraculous that I can even attend college," Grime said. "It hasn't been easy, but with support it has been a phenomenal experience. Columbia College has been fantastic to attend; the teachers and faculty are friendly, helpful and supportive. I couldn't ask for anything more."
The Westling scholarship is available to students at each of Columbia College’s 32 Nationwide Campuses. Westling was a former dean of what is now known as the Division of Adult Higher Education. Prior to joining the college, Westling served in the U.S. Army for 31 years and was a highly decorated infantry soldier, having been awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal and Silver Star.
Among the requirements for both scholarships, students must have a strong academic record with the college and be actively involved with serving their communities, college or country.
Grime has worked at Little Dixie Regional Libraries in Moberly, Mo., for more than four years, first as a circulation clerk and now as the Outreach Librarian.
"I make sure people who can't come to the library have books to read. I usually pick books out and get them ready for home delivery," Grime said.
Grime is the daughter of Beverly Grime of Cairo, Mo., and is the granddaughter of Betty Bennett of Higbee, Mo., and the late Robert Bennett, as well as Patricia Grime of Industry, Ill., and the late Edmund Grime.
Columbia College, founded in Missouri in 1851 as Christian Female College, was the first women’s college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature. The college changed its name to Columbia College in 1970 when it became coeducational. Located in the Main Building on the Moberly Area Community College campus, Columbia College–Moberly was established in 1996. Today, it continues to serve adult learners in the area.
Columbia College provides accredited, affordable degrees for working adults, including military students, serving nearly 25,000 students through its Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus, Graduate Studies Program and Day Campus.