Columbia College - Lake of the Ozarks awards Westling Scholarship to local student

Osage Beach, Mo., May 31, 2012 — Columbia College–Lake of the Ozarks sophomore Aaron Jolly (Camdenton, Mo.) was recently awarded a $500 scholarship from Columbia College in honor of Frank S. Westling. Westling was a highly decorated infantry officer and former dean of the college’s Extended Studies Division, now Adult Higher Education.

To qualify for the Westling award, the recipients had to:

 Be an Online, Evening or Nationwide campus student pursuing a degree with Columbia College.
 Have attended Columbia College during the 2011-12 academic year (scholarship will be for the 2012-13 academic year).
 Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
 Have at least 15 credit hours with Columbia College.
 Provide evidence of leadership and service to their community, school or country.
 Write a 400-500 word essay about their achievements and career goals.

For the 2012-13 academic year, Columbia College awarded Westling scholarships to 39 students from 23 campus locations. The scholarship is non-renewable and awarded to new students each year.

The Lake Ozark campus was established in 1990 and recently celebrated its 21st anniversary. In 2004, a new 17,400-square-foot building was constructed, completed in spring 2005. The first classes held in the new facility began in June 2005. Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks offers eight associate and 11 bachelor’s degrees in-seat as well as 23 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees online.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., 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