Student Financial Services

Diversity Award

for continuing undergraduate and graduate students

The Diversity Award was established to encourage students to focus on the importance of diversity in higher education as preparation for life in a global society.

Deadline to Apply: February 01, 2016

The Diversity Award is open to:

    • Full-time undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 12 credits hours at Columbia at the time of application
    • 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 3.0 or higher
    • Students who demonstrate financial need through a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents

        Full-time Columbia College employees, Follett Graduate Award recipients, Graduate Merit Award recipients, graduate students-at-large, or Laban certificate students are not eligible for the Diversity Award.

Award based on:
  • Academic merit and financial need

Award amount:
  • Maximum of $4,000 (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, 2016. We regret that we are unable to give information regarding the committee's decisions over the telephone or by email.


Contact: Department of Multicultural Affairs, 312/369-7569 or