Scholarships and Recipients

Scholarship Program

The Columbia Education Foundation raises funds to provide scholarships to deserving students who dream of continuing their education beyond high school.  Through the financial support of generous donors, financial aid is available to students to attend any accredited institution of higher education (college, university, vocational or trade school).

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Scholarship

Amount

Eligibility

Past Recipients

CEF Senior Scholarships
Up to $1000 each CHS Graduating Seniors accepted at an accredited institution of higher learning are eligible to apply.  Seniors may reapply the following year for the Alumni Scholarship.
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CEF Dual Enrollment Scholarships
Up to $500 each CHS Juniors and Seniors are eligible to apply for approved college courses a student takes while they are still in high school.  Juniors may reapply the following year for the Senior Scholarship.
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CEF Alumni Scholarships
Up to $1000 each CHS Alumni are eligible to apply.  Graduates must have completed the first year of their post-secondary education and be currently enrolled.  Alumni may reapply each year they are in higher education attendance.
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Columbia Heritage/ Thaddeus Stevens Scholarship
$500 each CHS Juniors and Seniors accepted at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology are eligible to apply.  CHS graduates attending their second year are eligible to apply as well.
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Elmer Kreiser &
Albert H. Shader Jr. Memorial Scholarships
$2500 each CHS Seniors accepted at an accredited institution of higher learning are eligible to apply for the Elmer Kreiser & Albert H. Shader Jr. Memorial Scholarships.  Seniors may reapply the following year for the Alumni Scholarship.
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Dean Y. Little Memorial Scholarship
$500 A CHS Senior accepted at an accredited institution of higher learning will be awarded this scholarship.
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Steeley Success Scholarship; IMO Les & Marty Steeley
$2500 each A CHS Senior accepted at an accredited trade or technical school is eligible to apply.
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Rich Gerfin Memorial Scholarship
$500 A CHS Senior accepted at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is eligible to apply.
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Sue Gerfin Memorial Scholarship
$500 A CHS Senior accepted at an accredited institution of higher learning with an emphasis
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Mary S Groff Memorial Scholarship
up to $750 each A CHS Senior accepted at an accredited institution of higher learning is eligible to apply.
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Ryder Cup Golf Scholarship
$500 A CHS Senior accepted at an accredited institution of higher learning with an emphasis
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Sara Snyder Salutatorian Scholarship
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Sara E. Snyder Memorial  Scholarship
 
$1500 & $500 $1500 to the CHS Senior ranked second in their graduation class and accepted at an accredited institution of higher learning will be awarded this scholarship.  $500 to a separate deserving graduate.
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CEF Valedictorian Scholarship

 

 

$2000 to the CHS Senior ranked first in their graduation class and accepted at an accredited institution of higher learning will be awarded this scholarship.
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For more information or questions, please contact CHS Student Services Department or email to www.ColumbiaEdFd@gmail.com

 

 

Donor Acknowledgements

Columbia Heritage/Thaddeus Stevens Scholarship

Through the generous support of alumnus and donor Mr. Charles Reiff and his wife Geraldine Reiff, Columbia students and graduates may receive scholarships to attend Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Each reflecting on their own small-town upbringing, the financial challenges to afford continuing education, the support and the encouragement they received from their communities, Mr. and Mrs. Reiff have created this scholarship, aptly named the “Columbia Heritage Scholarship”.

Elmer Kreiser & Albert H. Shader Jr. Memorial Scholarships

Through the generous support of alumnus and donor Mr. Karl Kreiser, his wife Donna Kreiser and the law firm of Mountz and Kreiser, Columbia seniors may receive scholarships to attend any institution of higher education. The scholarships are named in honor and memory of Karl’s father, former Columbia High School principal Mr. Elmer Kreiser and Donna’s father, Mr. Albert H. Shader Jr. The Kreiser Family values and supports every opportunity to assist children in Columbia reach their potential through school, extra-curricular and community activities.

Dean Y. Little Memorial Scholarship

Due to his generous donation bequethed to the Foundation, an annual scholarship has been created to be given to a graduating senior who has an interest in English and literature.  Mr. Little in his later years, had a love for reading.

Sara E. Snyder Memorial Scholarships

Ms. Snyder was a member of the CHS Class of 1947 and graduated as the class Salutatorian.  She was a lifelong resident of Columbia PA and volunteered at the public library until she was 85 years old.  With the generous donation that was bequethed, two scholarships were created in her memory.  Each year, the class salutatorian will receive a scholarship, a personal distinguishment she was most proud of, as well as a second scholarship to another graduating senior.

 

Sue & Rich Gerfin Memorial Scholarships

Mary S Groff Memorial Scholarships

Ryder Cup Golf Scholarships

Steeley Success Scholarship, IMO Les & Marty Steeley

 

 

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