Three scholarship applications available

Are you paying your tuition out-of-pocket or with financial aid and are looking for an alternative way to fund your education? Here are three scholarship opportunities available to Columbia College–Kansas City students.

Frank S. Westling Scholarship
The Frank S. Westling scholarship will be presented to 35 students at Nationwide, Evening and Online campuses. The award amount is $500 and can be applied toward Columbia College course tuition, books and fees during the 2010-2011 academic year. Awardees shall be selected by a Columbia College Selection Committee chaired by the college Vice President for Adult Higher Education. To be eligible to receive the Westling Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

1. Currently pursuing a Columbia College baccalaureate degree
2. GPA of 3.0 or higher with Columbia College
3. 15 completed hours of Columbia College residency credit
4. Attended during the 2009-2010 academic year
5. Not be in default of any loan made under the Stafford, SLC, Plus or Perkins Loan Program
The application for the scholarship consists of two parts: a 400-500 word essay addressing career goals and leadership and/or community services achievements; and documentation of leadership/and or community service achievements (such as letters of recommendation, awards, news articles, etc.). The application deadline is March 15, 2010.

EWI scholarship
The Kansas City Chapter of Executive Women International (EWI), a professional business organization, will be assisting adults in the community who are in transitional situations and are in need of financial aid to further their education in their career pursuit. A $1,500 award is being made possible through the Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) Program. Columbia College–Kansas City will sponsor one student, male or female, who will be selected based on the following:

• Financial need
• Socially, physically and economically disadvantaged adults
• Heads of households with small children
• Displaced homemakers
Candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:
• Utilize personal assessment and/or re-entry program available through colleges, community agencies, service groups, or career professionals
• Clearly defined career goals and objectives
• Specify the educational requirements to attain above goals and objectives
• Submit statement of financial need and tax return
• Two letters of personal recommendation
• 18 years of age or older

Applications are being accepted through Feb. 26, 2010. The recipient and sponsor will be honored at the April 21, 2010, scholarship banquet. If you are interested, please contact Cindy Miller at (816) 795-1515 or

AeX/Institution scholarship
Academic Explorer (AeX) and the Education and Career Compass Foundation are funding and creating multiple $1,000 scholarships solely for active-duty and retired Marine Corps service members and their immediate families. Recipients will be selected according to the following criteria:

• Active-duty United States Marine, retired Marine, or an immediate family member
• Financial need (you will need to complete the FAFSA for 2009-2010)
• Academic performance and potential as indicated on transcripts, letters of recommendation, and personal essay

Applications are now being accepted and all supplementary documentation must be submitted by March 1, 2010. The award will be announced in April 2010. To complete the application, visit