Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship

Scholarship Details

Columbia Southern University is proud to award a total of four scholarships through the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship Program. CSU recognizes the sacrifices made by the family members of America’s military men and women, and public safety personnel (firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMTs & dispatchers). Each award date, one scholarship will be awarded to the spouse or child of a National Guard or active military man or woman or spouse or child of a public safety personnel. The scholarship will cover up to $12,600 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.


One scholarship will be presented on the award dates listed.

All awards will be announced by the last day of the award month. All applicants will receive an email notification.


  • Eligible candidates must have a high school transcript or equivalent (GED).
  • Scholarship applicants must be available to begin their 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 his or her degree program,
  • and maintain continuous enrollment in their 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.

Apply for the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship today!

After we receive your application, we will send you a confirmation e-mail about the scholarship program. Please contact (888) 785-3006 or scholarships@columbiasouthern.edu if you have any questions or would like to learn more about the educational opportunities available through CSU.