The Paul Berger Graduate Fellowship was established to assist in defraying tuition and fee costs for second-year Arts Management graduate students.
We are no longer accepting applications for this year.
The Paul Berger Graduate Fellowship is open to:
The Paul Berger Graduate Fellowship application is available online through your OASIS portal. Only complete scholarship applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by the scholarship committee.
Please follow all directions carefully. Students must submit the following materials to make a complete Paul Berger Graduate Fellowship application - there are three parts to the application:
Submit a copy of your current resume.Please upload your resume in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format.
Submit a two- to four-page essay that includes your background, goals and plans, and accomplishments that show commitment to your chosen concentration.Your essay must be double-spaced, and include your name and OASIS ID number in the upper right-hand corner of each page. Please upload your response in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format.
One letter of recommendation is required from an Arts Management department faculty member.For your convenience, the online application system will send an e-mail notification directly to the person you've chosen to complete your recommendation. This person will be invited to complete the recommendation online with ease and will not need to mail, fax, or e-mail their recommendation. Please be prepared with the e-mail address of the person making the recommendation.
Note: Remember to contact your recommender directly before providing his/her information on the application. Be sure to give faculty members as much time as possible to write the letters. Requests made at the last minute are often difficult for faculty to fulfill by the deadline.
Access online application form through OASIS portal:Online applications are available through your OASIS portal. Login to your portal and select the Scholarships tab at the top of the screen. Follow the link Apply Now for Columbia Scholarships to your Applicant Portal landing page.
The Paul Berger Entrepreneurship Graduate Fellowship honors the memory of an outstanding citizen, community leader, entrepreneur, public servant, and Columbia College Chicago professor.
Following service in World War II as a decorated combat infantryman, Paul finished his education at the University of Chicago and became a life-long resident of Hyde Park. Long before it became politically popular, Paul saw the need in the community for a financial institution that would provide banking service on a completely non-discriminatory basis. Acting on that need, he became a founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Hyde Park Savings and Loan, one of the first banking institutions in Chicago to provide loans and other financial services without any regard to race, creed, or ethnic background. Under Paul's leadership, Hyde Park Savings and Loan mentored a number of young people who have since become executives in major Chicago banks.
During and after his tenure with Hyde Park Savings and Loan, Paul became a valued member of a number of civic commissions and non-profit boards. He capped this service by becoming the City of Chicago Director of Revenue during the Harold Washington Mayoralty. Following that service, Paul Berger joined the Columbia College Chicago faculty where he founded the Small Business/Entrepreneurship section of the Arts, Entertainment and Media Management Department. In recognition of his services for to the College he was posthumously awarded the Columbia Presidential Medal for Outstanding Service. Throughout his career, Paul Berger earned the reputation as an individual who, without personal fanfare, worked quietly and effectively to bring people of all backgrounds together to work towards common goals.
At Columbia College, Paul Berger established the small business/entrepreneurship concentration. In the spirit of Paul Berger's life, the Fellowship is dedicated to assist Columbia College Chicago students further their education so that they too will become responsible entrepreneurial leaders in their careers and communities.