Columbia College of Missouri-Elgin campus awards Excellence in Education Scholarship

Columbia College of Missouri-Elgin


March 15, 2013

Brittany Blaesing, a senior at Columbia College of Missouri-Elgin, recently was awarded the Excellence in Education Scholarship for the March 2013 session. Brittany is working on her bachelor’s of science in business administration with majors in management and marketing. To be eligible for the award, nominees were required to have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and submit an essay. A team of Elgin campus faculty reviewed the essays and selected the winner.  “The Elgin campus is proud to honor Brittany for her academic excellence and to support her in achieving her educational goals,” said Karen Beckstrom, campus director.

Columbia College of Missouri features four campuses in the state of Illinois located in Lake County (Gurnee), Crystal Lake, Elgin and Freeport, and offers a variety of in-seat and online degrees. In 1974, the college entered into an agreement to provide post-secondary education opportunities for sailors at Naval Station Great Lakes. Today, more than 38 years later, the Columbia College of Missouri campuses in Illinois serve more than 2,250 students annually. There are more than 4,700 Columbia College alumni in the state of Illinois, the third-largest college alumni population in the nation.

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. 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. Columbia College educates more than 30,000 students each year and has more than 74,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit