CC Recognition Scholarship

CC Recognition Scholarships are awarded to bright high school seniors who apply to Columbia College.

The FAFSA is not required for review. Scholarships are determined holistically, with factors such as high school rigor, extracurricular activities and obligations, leadership, demonstrated interest in Columbia College all being considered. Applicants should contact their Enrollment Counselor for details about the holistic review process.

Total = $6,000 to $8,000 (annually) / $24,000 to $32,000 (four-year value)

Renewal requirements

  • Retaining your scholarship requires maintaining full-time enrollment at Columbia College, completing 27 credits per academic year, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
  • Freshman merit scholarships are awarded at the beginning of your first term of and are generally automatically renewed each year, provided you maintain the required GPA and have not exceeded the maximum number of terms offered. Unless otherwise noted, scholarships are designated for fall/spring terms only and are not available for summer. Freshman Academic Merit scholarships can be renewed for full-time enrollment in a bachelor's degree program for up to a total of four years (eight semesters) of scholarship support. Appeals may be made for a fifth year renewal dependent on major & other holistic factors.

Typical academic profile1 of students who are considered:


(based on the Reading and Math scores only)


1Academic profile is based on a sliding scale GPA/test score formula. This is an example of an average calculation for this tier. Final GPA and test scores may vary slightly from this scale.

Please note: Federal financial aid & state aid will be applied to your student account before institutional aid. Institutional aid may not exceed the cost of tuition.

All Columbia College scholarships and awards are awarded based on availability of funds.