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 or to the spouse or child of a public safety personnel.

Available to both future and current CSU students, the scholarship will cover up to 60 credit hours toward 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.


  • Eligible candidates must submit acceptable verification documentation of spouse or parent’s 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

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

Active/Reserve Military

  • Copy of applicant's Tricare Card
  • Copy of orders
  • Letter from the military member’s command
  • By law, CSU cannot accept military ID copies


To apply, fill out the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship application. CSU will award one scholarship during each award month listed below, for a total of four scholarships awarded annually.

Application Details
Scholarship Application Period Scholarship Award Month
January 17 — February 28 March
April 1 — May 31 June
July 5 — August 31 September
September 27 — November 25 December

The scholarship recipient will be selected and notified by the final day of the award month. The scholarship recipient and all other applicants will receive an email notifying them of the decision.

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