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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 scholarship application process.

Eligibility - Students who are of Italian descent (at least 25% Italian) 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 ($20,000 per person in the household) are eligible. For example, for a household of four, the maximum total gross income is $80,000 to be 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 to receive a CCF high school scholarship.

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 select applicants and their families to visit the Foundation for a mandatory interview.

Approximately one month after all interviews have been held, the committee decides which applicants will be awarded scholarships. Parents/Guardians/Students are notified by mail of the committee’s decision.

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 to fulfill their school’s language requirements. Additionally, all recipients are required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 (85% or B) or higher.

How To Apply

The scholarship application process will open on Monday, November 2, 2015 for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please read all instructions before applying.

Starting on November 2, 2015, the High School Scholarship Application for the 2016-2017 academic year is available by clicking the link below. The deadline for submission is Monday, February 15, 2016.

I. Click here to download and print the 2016 CCF High School Scholarship Guidelines and Academic Performance Verification Form that must be completed by a school guidance counselor or principal. The Academic Performance Verification Form can be found on page 3.

II. Click here to access the 2016 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: All supporting documents must be sent directly to FACTS. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.