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New scholarship for Columbus schools grads
$100,000 Weiler donation aimed at helping students finish their degrees.
A donation of $100,000 by Robert and Missy Weiler will allow Columbus State Community College to launch a new scholarship program for graduates of Columbus City Schools.
Ten new Columbus City Schools graduates a year will receive $1,000 scholarships, beginning in Autumn 2013. If the students maintain a 2.75 grade point average, they will receive an additional $1,500 for their second year at Columbus State.
“We are extremely grateful to Bob Weiler for his generosity and for his vision that the Robert Weiler Family Scholarship will be about earning a degree, not just attending college,” said Columbus State President David Harrison. “Many scholarships help students get started in college. But when you award more funding in the second year, you’re giving students a great incentive to succeed and to finish.”
The donation will total $25,000 a year for the next four years, with options to continue funding the scholarship into the future. The scholarship program will continue until the funds are exhausted.
Weiler said, “Missy and I are thrilled to partner with Columbus State Community College. The college has provided, and we know will continue to provide, an outstanding education for our Columbus City Schools graduates as they pursue their college dreams.”
Columbus State’s annual tuition for full-time students is $3,679, so over two years, the Robert Weiler Family Scholarship will pay for more than a third of a student’s total tuition costs as they pursue an associate degree—and the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. With other financial aid, many of the scholarship recipients will have little or no out-of-pocket tuition expenses.
The scholarship recipients must be enrolled full-time at Columbus State, with plans to complete two years at Columbus State and a bachelor’s degree at another college or university. They must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 and must demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to first-generation students and students interested in business or education.