Scholarships may be awarded for academic or athletic ability, interest in a certain subject, or volunteer work. Some scholarships may be given based on membership in an ethnic or religious group. Companies may also award scholarships to you or your child.

Start your search for scholarships, fellowships and grants by contacting your school's financial aid office.


You may also wish to visit these sites to assist you with your search of outside scholarships:

If you receive funds from any outside sources, you must notify your school financial aid office. Why? So that your total financial aid (including the outside scholarship) does not exceed your school's cost of attendance.

Please contact your financial aid office to for more information on how awards are applied. 

If you are receiving an award from a source outside of Columbia, that amount may not appear on your first Student Account Statement for the term. However, you may deduct it from the amount due on your statement by sending your award check to the Payments and Deposits Office at the appropriate campus:

Please note that we cannot process award checks or money order by mail. Students who mail their award checks or money orders may risk liability for tuition and fees, reduction in financial aid, and/or holds placed on course registration and other records.  
Most cases, the funds from your award check will be automatically credited to your student account. In some circumstances students may need to go to Kent Hall to finalize scholarship payments. You will be contacted if necessary.