"I wanted to thank you so very much for all you have made possible by assisting me...I am a part of the National Honor Society and have received college credits through my high scores on AP exams. I can honestly say these past four years have been the best of my life. I made friendships I know will last. And I have grown immensely in my faith. It's not just the academic learning and spiritual growth that has impacted my life...the way I've matured into a young man is something I will never forget. I am so grateful you gave me the opportunity to join such a loving and majestic community. I can never thank you enough. "Charles - 2008 High School Scholarship Recipient
"Thank you, so very much, for the terrific and extremely generous news. My heart is so very grateful! I am so happy for my little boy, and it made me feel good also. I was always proud to be Catholic and of Italian descent; this makes me prouder! This is truly a dream. Thank you so very kindly for making a dream come true!"Angie on behalf of Alex - 2010 Elementary School Scholarship Recipient
"I can’t say enough how thankful I am, you’ve truly changed my life. "Cady - 2008 College Scholarship Recipient
"Without these two scholarship awards, attending school (and life in general) would have been much more difficult. I would have most likely missed out on many of the great opportunities for educational growth that I have been able to experience. I have certainly put the awards to good use and will continue to use the knowledge they have helped me gain for the rest of my life."Victor - 2006 College Scholarship Recipient
"I wanted to take a moment and thank you personally for my scholarship. One opportunity in particular has directed my course for the future. I volunteer my time as a camp counselor for the special needs camps run by the Marist Brothers in Esopus, NY. I have decided to work toward becoming a special education teacher. I am grateful to the Columbus Citizens Foundation for providing me the opportunity to attend a Catholic high school, where I have been exposed to many enriching experiences."Sabrina - 2007 High School Scholarship Recipient
"You made it possible for me to earn a priceless Acting education, as well as learn valuable life lessons and create wonderful memories at school. I flew to your Foundation as a 17 year old, not quite sure what I wanted to major in college. Thank you for seeing something in me to believe in because with the help of your scholarship I went to FSU, auditioned for their renowned acting program, got into the program and was one of eight 2010 BFA Acting Graduates. I’m leaving the school with tools gathered from my education that will allow me to pursue my passion to the fullest extent of my ability."Courtney - 2006 College Scholarship Recipient
"Thank you for paying for my education. Without you I wouldn’t have gotten this far academically. Thank you for your generous contribution."Maria - 2006 High School Recipient
"Thank you once again for allowing me to pursue my dreams of attending one of the best music conservatories in the world, Manhattan School of Music. Without your generosity, I do not think I would be following my dreams. You have opened up many doors for me, and I am eternally grateful.
I had the opportunity of premiering [a concerto] this year at the Long Island Guitar Festival. I also gave the international premier of this work in Buenos Aires, Argentina this past May. I have also been invited and played for the Consul General of Argentina in New York, the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, The Long Island Classical Guitar Society, and the New York City Classical Guitar Society.
These invitations were made possible because of the opportunities that come out of attending such a prestigious school. Once again, I thank you for kindness and generosity for helping me fulfill my dreams."
"Since given this scholarship last year from the Columbus Citizens Foundation, I have strengthened my love for my wonderful Italian American heritage. I have developed a strong liking for Italian music, and have even learned to sing a few songs! …The chance that you are giving me to learn more about my heritage is one that I would truly want to take advantage of. I have a true love for the Italian culture, and would love to learn more."Eric - 2009 College Scholarship Recipient
"Thank you so much for your help over the past four years. Without you, my education would not have been possible. Everything that I have been blessed to experience these past four years is because of you, and I want you to know I will be forever thankful!"Gabriella - 2006 High School Scholarship Recipient