Columbia Senn Award

for incoming students

Students who graduate from Nicholas Senn High School with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and are admitted to Columbia College Chicago are guaranteed a renewable Columbia Senn Award.


The Columbia Senn Award is open to:

  • Exceptional high school seniors who are enrolled at Nicholas Senn High School at the time of admission to Columbia, or who have graduated from Nicholas Senn High School no more than 12 months prior to admission
  • Admitted students entering for the first time in the Fall 2022 semester
  • Students who have earned a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)

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

Award based on:
  • Academic achievement

Renewable award amount based on Senn High School GPA:

  • 3.75 or higher: $14,000
  • 3.55 — 3.74: $13,500
  • 3.3 — 3.54: $12,500
  • 3.0 — 3.29: $9,500

Notification of the award:

  • Recipients will be notified by Admissions.


Contact: Enrollment Management at


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