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FROM READERS: Columbia College offers full scholarship to local student

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 | 3:35 p.m. CDT
Lauren Guillory, a senior from Hickman High School, poses with her parents, Jeff and Leanna Guillory, and Dan Kruse, an admissions counselor from Columbia College. Kruse surprised Guillory with news that she was one of the five recipients of the Columbia College Scholarship, which covers full tuition, room and board.

Jessica Royston is a public relations associate at Columbia College.

March 5 was a day Lauren Guillory will not soon forget. Guillory, a senior at Hickman High School, was surprised by officials from Columbia College with news that she had been selected to receive one of five prestigious Columbia College Scholarships, worth full tuition, room and board for the 2012-13 academic year. The scholarship is renewable for three additional years based on academic performance. The four-year award equates to $96,816.

"This is hands down one of our favorite things to do each year," said Samantha White, director of Admissions for Columbia College. "These students have worked really hard, and we are thrilled to reward their efforts."

Guillory’s scholarship is a result of Columbia College’s Scholarship Day, a competition held three times per year where students compete for scholarship money through a written exercise and a personal interview with faculty and staff.

For the upcoming 2012-13 academic year, Columbia College awarded a total of more than $800,000 to 10 incoming freshmen. Five students received the Columbia College Scholarship worth full tuition, room and board, and five students received the Presidential Scholarship worth full tuition.

To compete for the Columbia College and Presidential scholarships, students must be new freshman applicants with a minimum 3.5 GPA and a 26 ACT or 1190 SAT who demonstrate outstanding school and community leadership.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 30,000 students each year and has more than 70,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit www.ccis.edu.

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