Our Scholarship Programs

We are proud to hold and administer multiple scholarships programs that benefit students throughout the Chattahoochee Valley. Be sure to carefully read the criteria and eligibility of each scholarship.

Aaron Cohn Citizenship Award

Application cycle closed until January 2019.
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The Aaron Cohn Citizenship Award was established by Dr. David and Jane Cohn Kulbersh of Columbia, South Carolina, daughter and son-in-law of Judge Aaron Cohn, to recognize the qualities that Judge Cohn most admired.

Born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, Judge Aaron Cohn presided over the Juvenile Courts of the Chattahoochee Judicial District for almost 50 years. He spent his life helping to guide the youth of Columbus toward respectful and productive lives and believed in the importance of encouraging young people to be engaged in and loyal to their school and community.

The Aaron Cohn Citizenship Award is awarded annually to honor an Aaron Cohn Middle School eighth grade student for their civic awareness, scholastic achievements, and community service.

This award seeks to inspire students to become active citizens while giving back to their communities because civic responsibility developed at an early age usually continues throughout a lifetime.

The James Henry Smith & Gladys Manning Smith Scholarship Fund

Application cycle closed until January 2019.
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Henry and Gladys Smith
Henry and Gladys Smith lived modest lives so they could help students earn a college degree.

James Henry Smith, a lifelong resident of the North Highlands neighborhood of Columbus, was forced to quit high school to provide for his family upon the death of his father. He served his country in World War I, served his community as a fireman, and provided care to his mother until her death. Late in life, Henry married Gladys Manning Fails, a longtime employee of Swift Manufacturing and Bibb Mill in Columbus.

Neither Henry nor Gladys Smith was able to afford college. They created the James Henry Smith and Gladys Manning Smith Scholarship Fund in their estate plan to ensure that young people in the Columbus area are able to afford the education they could not.

Thanks to the Smiths’ generosity and their strong belief in the power of education, generations of students in the Columbus area who might not otherwise be able to go to college will now be able to do so.

The Jeanette Williamson Craig & Eugene L. Craig Scholarship Fund: Sewing a Love for Learning

Application cycle closed until January 2019.
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The Craig Family
Jeanette Williamson Craig and Eugene “Gene” L. Craig, both the first in their families to obtain college degrees, now give scholarship assistance to students from their CFCV scholarship fund.

Jeanette Williamson Craig and Eugene “Gene” L. Craig, both descendants of mill workers, were raised and married in the North Highland neighborhood of Columbus, Georgia. They were the first in each of their families to obtain a college degree. Together, they served for nearly 70 years as educators for Muscogee County School District. Jeanette spent most of her career as a media specialist, where her library was described as the “heart of the school.” Among her many talents, she was an avid seamstress and recycled common household items for use in her classrooms and libraries.

Like his wife, Gene’s passion was the development of the whole child with an emphasis on building strong character. Following his time as a teacher, Gene served for 29 years as the principal of Waddell Elementary. His “morning messages” were but one example of his dedication to the teachers and students – a way of letting them know how truly special they were and how all their lives and goals mattered. Gene earned many accolades throughout his career and served on the executive committees of the Muscogee County Principals Association and the Muscogee Educators Association.

He also served as the president of the Muscogee County Retired Educators Association. Jeanette and Gene have two children and enjoyed 57 years of marriage until Jeanette’s death in 2016. Gene presented the first Craig Scholarship in the spring of 2017 and passed away that same fall. Jeanette and Gene’s dedication to education and their impassioned belief in giving back to our community has formed the basis for the Craig Scholarship.

This scholarship fund is established in their honor to help students continue their education and obtain college degrees.

The Judge Albert W. Thompson, Sr., Scholarship Fund

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One of the “giants” of this community, Judge Albert W. Thompson was a groundbreaker in desegregation and a role model, mentor and inspiration for many in civic life and public service.

Born in 1922, he received his undergraduate degree from Savannah State College and his law degree from Howard University School of Law. In 1951 he became the first black person admitted to the bar in Columbus, GA. In 1965 he became the first black person elected to public office in Muscogee County and one of the first to desegregate the Georgia House of Representatives. He served for seven terms, and his appointment as chair of the Special Judiciary Committee of the General Assembly made him the House’s first black committee chairman. In 1980 he was appointed a Superior Court Judge, marking another racial first. He retired in 1991 as Administrative Law Judge with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. Apart from these professional activities, he distinguished himself in community service through leadership in the local Civil Rights Movement and volunteered his time to numerous service organizations. His death in 2004 did not diminish the influence that his life continues to have on untold numbers of people today.

The Judge Albert W. Thompson, Sr., Scholarship Fund was established in late 2005 by friends and colleagues of Judge Thompson to honor his many contributions to our community.


The Randy Jordan Spirit of Columbus High School Award

Application cycle closed until January 2019.
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To honor the memory of Randy Jordan, his family established The Randy Jordan Spirit of Columbus High School Athletic Award in 2015. A longtime supporter of Columbus High School Athletics, Randy attended many Columbus High School sporting events including football, basketball and baseball games throughout each season until his death in 2013.

While Randy was a tremendous athlete in his younger years, he will most be remembered for the person, friend and teammate he was and for his loyalty to the Columbus High Athletic program. Randy often traveled to sporting events on the bus and was a part of the many State Baseball Championships won at Columbus High School. To commemorate his love of Columbus High baseball, the Columbus High School Baseball Field is named in his memory.

The Randy Jordan Scholarship for Jordan High School

Application cycle closed until January 2019.
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The Randy Jordan Scholarship recognizes a Jordan High School graduating senior who has achieved the goal of graduation while overcoming great obstacles and special challenges by exhibiting strong character, determination and perseverance.

The selected student will be recognized at the Senior Luncheon and will receive a one-time scholarship of $2,000 to their selected educational institution.

The Megan Rose Carroll Scholarship Fund

Application cycle closed until January 2019.

The Megan Rose Carroll Scholarship was established in Megan’s memory by her guardians, Virginia and David Mann of Hamilton, Georgia. The scholarship provides a one-time scholarship each year to a female graduating senior from Harris County High School who characterizes Megan’s attributes and ambitions.

Megan was born October 30, 1999, in Philadelphia, PA. She moved to Hamilton, GA, in July 2013 following the death of her parents, Richard Gerard Carroll and Laurie Kunkel Carroll. Despite the tragedy of losing both parents before the age of fourteen and relocating to a new city under the care of her aunt and uncle, Virginia and David Mann, Megan was always up for a challenge and mastered anything she put her mind to. She was a sophomore at Harris County High School where she was an honor student and a member of both the Technology Student Association and the newly established Video Game and Design Club when she passed away suddenly on March 22, 2016. Megan had a strong sense of self, was a voracious reader, and had an exceptional talent for painting pictures with her words.

Through this scholarship, Megan will achieve her own words, “If I can’t find a way back, I’ll find a way forward,” by assisting young women in pursuit of their college educations.

WestPoint Community Scholars Program

WestPoint Community Scholars Program

All WestPoint scholars should complete the WestPoint Community Scholars Program contact form, and return to President & CEO Betsy Covington by emailing bcovington@cfcv.com or mailing the form to 1340 13th Street Columbus, GA 31901. 

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