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High School Scholarship Program

The 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 note that our scholarship window is now closed for the 2015-2016 academic year. The scholarship application process will reopen on November 1, 2015 for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Please read all instructions before applying

The High School Scholarship Application for the 2015-2016 academic year is available by clicking the link below. The deadline for submission has been extended to February 14, 2015. Please be aware that there is a non-refundable application fee of $30.00 per family, regardless of how many people apply.

I. Click here to download and print the 2015 Guidelines and Academic Performance Verification that must be completed by a school guidance counselor or principal. Additional information is also available in this download.

II. Click here to access the 2015 High School application.
- You will need to create an account if you do not already have one.
- When prompted to choose a school, you MUST choose Columbus Citizens Foundation High School Scholarship Program in order to apply. DO NOT CHOOSE YOUR OWN SCHOOL.

IMPORTANT: The Academic Performance Verification and all other documents must be sent directly to FACTS. An incomplete application will not be reviewed.