Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship

Scholarship Details

Columbia Southern University is proud to award a total of six 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 and one will be awarded to the spouse or child of 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.

This scholarship covers tuition only. Textbooks and fees will be the responsibility of the scholarship recipient. The CSU Book Grant/Loan-a-Book program does not apply to students utilizing a CSU scholarship.

Congratulations to Alexandra Harris and Joseph Simmons Jr. as recipients of the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship!


Two scholarships (one for the military spouse or child and one for the public safety personnel spouse or child) will be presented on the award dates listed.

Scholarship Application Period Scholarship Award Month
January 1 — February 28 March
April 1 — May 31 June
July 1 — August 31 September

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.


Submissions are no longer being accepted at this time.

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.