Columbia Excellence Award

for incoming international students

The Columbia Excellence Award was established to recognize the academic excellence of incoming international students and assist them in paying tuition costs.


The Columbia Excellence Award is open to:

  • Incoming international students who plan to enroll full-time in Fall 2024
  • Students who have been admitted to the college 

Please note: Recipients of the Columbia Excellence Award are not eligible for the Dean's Scholarship, Chicago STAR Scholarship, Columbia ChiArts Award, Columbia CPS Award, Columbia Creatives Award, Columbia Senn Award, Columbia Curie Award, Columbia Dyett Award, Columbia Kelvyn Park Award, Columbia Lane Tech Award, Columbia Westinghouse Award, or Columbia OneGoal Award.

Scholarship based on:

  • Academic merit
Renewable award amount based on cumulative GPA:
  • 3.75 or higher: $11,000
  • 3.3 — 3.74: $9,000
  • 3.0 — 3.29: $7,000

Notification of the award:

  • Recipients will be notified by Admissions.


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