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Columbia College extends scholarship to campuses nationwide
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Columbia College will award up to 36 students with a $500 scholarship in honor of Frank S. Westling. Westling was a highly decorated infantry officer and former dean of the college's Extended Studies Division, now Adult Higher Education. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 15, 2010, and winners will be selected this summer.

"Columbia College is proud to offer this scholarship at each of our nationwide campuses," said Mike Randerson, Columbia College vice president for Adult Higher Education. "Frank Westling was dedicated to this institution and its mission of higher education, and he would be pleased to know the scholarship is helping students fulfill their educational goals."

To qualify for the Westling award, students must:

* Be an Online, Evening or Nationwide Campus student pursuing a bachelor's degree with Columbia College.

* Have attended Columbia College during the 2009-10 academic year (scholarship will be for the 2010-11 academic year).

* Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

* Have at least 15 credit hours with Columbia College.

* Provide evidence of leadership and service to their community, school or country.

* Write a 400-500 word essay about their achievements and career goals.

* Complete a scholarship application at

Before joining the college, Westling served in the U.S. Army for 31 years, fighting in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star medals and earned parachutist and glider badges. During the Vietnam War, he commanded the Army's 4th Psychological Operations Group in Saigon, and retired as colonel.

The scholarship is non-renewable and awarded to new students each year.

Columbia College, a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates more than 26,000 students each year and has more than 64,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit