Hero Behind the Hero Scholarships

Scholarship Details
Columbia Southern University is proud to annually award eight scholarships through the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship Program. Columbia Southern University recognizes the sacrifices made by the family members of America’s military men and women, and public safety personnel (firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMTs and dispatchers). Each award date, one scholarship will be awarded to the spouse or child of a National Guard or active military man or woman and one scholarship will be awarded to a spouse or child of a public safety personnel. The scholarship will cover up to $13,200 in one online degree program. The scholarship will be applied directly to the recipient’s tuition for up to three years or until the completion of the selected online degree program, whichever comes first.
  • Submit acceptable verification documentation of public safety or military personnel affiliation.
  • Eligible candidates must have a high school transcript or equivalent (GED).
  • Scholarship applicants must be available to begin coursework within 90 days of the date of the award.
  • Capable of maintaining a 2.0 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 graduate GPA.
  • Remain in good standing with CSU throughout a degree program.
  • Maintain continuous enrollment in a degree program.
  • Current CSU students must already meet these requirements to be considered.
Acceptable Verification Documentation Includes:
Public Safety
  • A Statement of Employment on Company Letterhead from a Superior
  • Copy of an Employment ID Card
Active/Reserve Military: By law CSU CANNOT accept a copy of Military ID
  • Copy of a Tricare Card
  • Copy of Orders
  • Letter from the Military Member’s Command.
Two scholarships will be awarded during the award month listed below:
Scholarship Application Period Scholarship Award Month
January 18 — February 28 March
April 4 — May 31 June
July 5 — August 31 September
Oct. 3 — Nov. 30 December

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The Columbia Southern University scholarship committee will select the winners, and announce the winners during the award months listed. The winners will receive a phone call and all non-winners will receive an email notifying them of the decision. For any questions or concerns, please email the scholarship liaison at scholarships@columbiasouthern.edu or call 888-785-3006.