Hero Behind the Hero Scholarships

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-duty military member and one scholarship will be awarded to the spouse or child of a public safety personnel.

Available to both future and current CSU students, 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.

Hero Behind the Hero Eligibility

  • Eligible candidates must submit acceptable verification documentation of public safety or military affiliation. See below for acceptable verification documentation.
  • Applicants must have a high school transcript or equivalent (GED).
  • Applicants must be available to begin coursework within 90 days of the award date.
  • Candidates must be capable of maintaining a 2.0 undergraduate or 3.0 graduate GPA.
  • Applicants must remain in good standing with CSU throughout degree program.
  • Applicants must maintain continuous enrollment in a degree program.
  • Current CSU students must already meet these requirements for consideration.

Acceptable Verification Documentation Includes:

Public Safety Applicants

  • A Statement of employment on company letterhead from a superior
  • Copy of an employment ID card

Active/Reserve Military Applicants:

  • Copy of applicant's Tricare Card
  • Copy of orders
  • Letter from the military member’s command
  • By law, CSU cannot accept military ID copies
Application
To apply, fill out the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship application. CSU will award two scholarships during each award month listed below, for a total of eight scholarships awarded annually.

Scholarship Application Period Scholarship Award Month
Jan. 18 — Feb. 28 March
April 4 — May 31 June
July 5 — August 31 September
Oct. 3 — Nov. 30 December

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.