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Scholarship Day

Compete for full-tuition scholarships

Scholarship Day is an interview and essay competition for new students to compete for institutional and endowed funds. Columbia College awards 10 Presidential Scholarships, each worth full tuition. Winners will be announced in February.

The competition takes place on the Columbia College campus in Columbia, Missouri. Throughout the day, faculty, staff and students are available to answer any questions you may have. We'll also provide information about degree programs, student organizations, residential life and community activities. We welcome and encourage parents to attend Scholarship Day, which will include parent sessions throughout the day.

Upcoming event dates:

Who is eligible to participate?

New freshmen students are eligible to compete if they have been admitted to Columbia College. They must plan to attend the traditional campus, have a minimum superscored ACT of 26 (or equivalent SAT) and a minimum 3.6 GPA.

Required application materials

If you are interested in attending Scholarship Day, you must be admitted. Additionally, all application materials must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the day you compete. This includes:

  • Completed application for admission
  • High school transcript
  • Any college transcripts (includes dual credit)
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • Resume of high school, community and leadership activities
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A 300-500 word essay that elaborates on your resume or provides information that isn't in your resume


Free parking will be available in our non-residential lots, located along Rangeline Street and the corner of 10th and Rogers Street. For more information, view this campus map and these directions to campus.

GPS Address: 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO 65201

Arrival & departure

Check-in opens at 8:30 a.m. in Atkins-Holman Student Commons first floor. Upon arrival, you will be given your schedule for the day, an informational packet, and a CC T-shirt. Please plan to stay for the duration of the event, which is expected to end around 1:30 p.m.

Event schedule

In the morning, students will be greeted by campus officials and student ambassadors during the Welcome Breakfast. Students will then begin the interview and essay competitions while parents learn more about campus resources available to students. Columbia College representatives conduct interviews with each student individually. Essays are completed the day of the event, and essay prompts will be given at the time of the competition. No prior research is required, and all essays will be typed in a campus computer lab. Following the competitions, guests will hear from student leaders who will share information about campus life and academic programs. They'll also share why they chose Columbia College. Admissions staff and student ambassadors will be on hand to answer questions throughout the event.


Complimentary breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided for all guest in our Dulany Dining Hall. If you have any dietary needs or restrictions, please notify the Admissions Office at (573) 875-7352.

Overnight accommodations

Overnight accommodations are plentiful in the Columbia area. For more information on hotels and motels, visit the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau website or call (800) 652-0987.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, the Admissions office will contact you via email 48 hours prior to Scholarship Day to notify you of any changes to the event schedule.


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