Student Financial Services

Graduate Opportunity Award

for continuing graduate students

The Graduate Opportunity Award was established to help defray tuition expenses for outstanding full-time graduate students at Columbia.

Deadline to Apply: February 01, 2014

The Graduate Opportunity Award is open to:

  • Full-time graduate students who have completed a minimum of 9 credit hours at Columbia at the time of application
  • Students who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher
  • Students who demonstrate financial need through a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Note: Full-time Columbia College employees, Follett Graduate Merit Award recipients, graduate students-at-large, or Laban certificate students are not eligible for the Graduate Fellowship

Award based on:
  • Academic merit and financial need

Award amount:
  • Maximum of $5000 (half awarded in Fall and half awarded in Spring)

Notification of the award:
  • All applicants will be notified by the scholarship committee by March 31, 2014. We regret that we are unable to give information regarding the committee's decisions over the telephone or by email.


Contact: Enrollment Management Services, Beth Berends - 312/369-3202 or