Columbia Education Foundation

The CEF is a non-profit volunteer organization whose purpose is to procure funding through grants, individual and corporate donations, and tax-credit opportunities to support creative and innovative education strategies for students beyond what the school district’s budget can provide. Together, with support from the community, we believe we are making a difference for the future of our students and their education.

Every Student Counts | Every Dollar Helps

Our Mission Statement: To provide support and resources to the teachers and staff of the Columbia Borough School District  and to enhance the learning experiences and educational opportunities for all students in the school district.


The CEF is actively looking for inductees for the next class of Distinguished Alumni.  Please visit our Distinguished Alumni page for more information and a nomination form.  

Congratulations to the 2021 CEF Alumni Scholarship recipients: Nathan Resch and Ryan Redding.

Each year, the Foundation awards these scholarships to applicants who are former graduates of Columbia High School who are pursuing continued education at a college, university, trade or technical school.  Please click on the Scholarship tab for additional information and also to complete an application.

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Current Events

  • WHATS NEW? – “Foundation Friends”.  We implemented a formalized recognition program for all of our generous donors.  This will include acknowledgment in advertisements, programs, school and Foundation events, incentives and awards.  Visit us on the Giving Tab/Foundation Friends.
  • 2021 CEF Golf Outing: On July 23, 2021, 136 golfers teed off at 7:30am to what would be another successful tournament.  We were blessed with great weather, a huge number of volunteers and generous sponsors, donors and golfers.  Because of this, the Foundation raised $23,570.62 that will be used to fund grants used to enhance the educational programs and student experiences in the Columbia Borough School District.


Welcome to our new website. Thank you for your patience as we worked diligently to refresh the look and feel of this site. We hope you find it informational and easy to navigate. A big Thank You to Tandem Marketing & Design LLC for working with the Foundation over the last few months on the new design and format. Please check back often, as we are committed to keeping it up-to-date with stories and pictures that support the Foundation’s mission, while we recognize all the people, businesses and organizations that help us help students. Plus opportunities to feature and honor our alumni and great school district staff. Thanks for visiting!

Board of Directors

Dave Cunningham


Tracy Arndt

Board Member

Tom Strickler

Board Member

Ken Klawitter


Wayne Hershey

Board Member


Board Member

Betty-Sue Ryno


Ron Mable

Board Member

School District Representatives

Devon Fisher, School Board & Ashley Rizzo, Superintendent

Vickie Anspach


Debra Smith

Board Member

In Memory of

Former Foundation Members

•Ruth Crum •Charles Reinhart •Jeanette Sherk



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  Columbia Borough School District