High School Scholarship ProgramThe Columbus Citizens Foundation’s High School Scholarship Program was founded in 1994 at the directive of past Foundation President Michael Santangelo, Esq. Recipients receive four-year scholarships that help cover their high school tuition in preparation for admission to college. Our scholarships, while generous, provide assistance towards a school’s tuition but will not cover payment for all school costs.
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please take a moment to learn about our requirements and the grant process.
Eligibility - Students who are of Italian descent with a GPA of 3.0 (85% or B) or higher who are from households where the total gross income does not exceed $20,000 per capita are eligible. Only 8th graders who will enter high school as a freshman in the Fall are eligible to apply. Students who are already in high school are NOT eligible for scholarships.
Process - Families of students interested in receiving a high school scholarship must submit an application that contains detailed and confidential personal information. It must be sent to FACTS, an independent financial review company that will determine eligibility based on financial need.
The applications of families that qualify for financial aid are then sent to the Columbus Citizens Foundation. A committee reviews and evaluates the applications and asks applicants and their families to visit the Foundation for a mandatory interview.
Approximately a month after all interviews have been held, the committee decides which applicants will be awarded scholarships. Notification is made by mail.
All students who are selected as Columbus Citizens Foundation High School Scholarship Recipients are required to enroll in Italian Language course(s) if offered at chosen school. Additionally, all recipients are required to maintain an overall GPA of 85 or above. Please see application for details.
How To Apply
Please read all instructions before applying
The application deadline for scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year has passed. Please check back in December 2013 for applications for the 2014-2015 academic year.