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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.

Applications for the 2020 School Year are now Closed          


    • Students who are of Italian descent (at least 25% Italian)
    • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (85% or B) or higher
    • 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 of 2020 are eligible to apply. Students who are already in high school are NOT eligible to receive a CCF high school scholarship.
    • Students must  be citizens of the United States or residents of same status. 


    1. To be considered for a CCF high school scholarship, an online application and supporting documentation must be submitted by the deadline that contains detailed and confidential personal information. It must be submitted online to FACTS, an independent financial review company that will determine eligibility based on financial documentation.
    2. The CCF High School Scholarship Committee reviews and evaluates the applications.
    3. The Committee invites select applicants and their families to visit the Foundation for a mandatory interview (April/May).
    4. Approximately one month after all interviews have been held, the committee decides which applicants will be awarded scholarships.
    5. Parents/Guardians/Applicants are notified by mail of the committee’s decision.


    • Enroll in Italian Language course(s) if offered at chosen school to fulfill their school’s language requirements.
    • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 (85% or B) or higher. Report cards must be submitted annually to verify GPA.

NOTE: CCF scholarships are partial scholarships and will not cover all tuition costs.

How To Apply

The scholarship application process is now CLOSED for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please visit our website in November 2020 when the application process will open again for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

More About Scholarships

Every week, Columbus Citizens Foundation recognizes the remarkable recipients who have benefitted from our Scholarship Program. Learn about some of the schools our scholars have received financial aid to, check up the impact CCF has made on some of our scholarship recipients, and read first-hand perspectives of the emerging careers of a few of our graduates.