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 currently closed.

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

Henry and Gladys Smith
Henry and Gladys Smith lived modest lives so they could help students earn a college degree.

Thanks to the generosity of Henry and Gladys Smith 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.

Overview

This application cycle is currently closed and will open back up in early 2020.

The Smith Scholarship:

Is intended to help students with financial need, high character, and average and above scholastic merit achieve a college education.

  • Will be paid annually to the two- or four-year accredited college or university of the student’s choice.
  • Can be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, housing, books and “other reasonable costs associated with obtaining a full and rewarding college education”.
  • Will pay an annual amount determined by the endowed spending policy of the Community Foundation – approximately $6,000-$7,000 annually.
  • Is renewable for four years based on continuous full-time enrollment during the regular school year and maintenance of a 2.0 GPA.

One Smith Scholar will be selected in 2019. Ideally, the successful applicant will share the same high character as that exemplified by the Smiths’ selfless dedication to the needs of others through their lives and their establishment of the Scholarship. We would expect the Smith Scholar to be able to demonstrate that character through service to their school, community, religious organization and/or job. 

Eligibility & Application Process

Applicants for the Smith Scholarship must:

  • Plan to enter college as freshmen in the Fall of 2019.
  • Hold primary residence in Muscogee County, Georgia.
  • Be U.S. citizens at the time of their application.
  • Not be immediate family members of any employee or board member of the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc.
  • Complete a personal interview with the Smith Scholarship Committee if selected as a finalist.
  • Demonstrate financial need, high character and average and above scholastic merit. Applicant should demonstrate character through service to their school, community, religious organization and/or job. 

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

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 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 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.

Overview

This application cycle is currently closed and will open back up early 2020.

The Craig Scholarship:

  • Is intended to help students with financial need, high character, and average and above scholastic merit achieve a college education.
  • Will be paid annually to the two- or four-year accredited college or university of the student’s choice.
  • Will pay $5,000 annually.
  • Can be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, housing, books and “other reasonable costs associated with obtaining a full and rewarding college education”.
  • Is renewable for four years based on continuous full-time enrollment during the regular school year and maintenance of at least a 2.5 GPA. 

One Craig Scholar will be selected in 2019. Ideally, the successful applicant will share the same high character as that exemplified by the Craigs’ dedication to the needs of others through their lives. We would expect the Craig Scholar to be able to demonstrate that character through service to their school, community, religious organization and/or job.

Eligibility & Application Process

Applicants for the Craig Scholarship must:

  • Plan to enter college as freshmen in the Fall of 2019.
  • Hold primary residence in Muscogee County, Georgia.
  • Be U.S. citizens at the time of their application.
  • Not be immediate family members of any employee or board member of the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc.
  • Complete a personal interview with the Craig Scholarship Committee if selected as a finalist.
  • Demonstrate financial need, high character and average and above scholastic merit. Applicant should demonstrate character through service to their school, community, religious organization and/or job.

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

This application cycle is currently closed. 

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 available through the Columbus High School Guidance Office.

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 available through the Jordan High School Guidance Office.

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 2020.

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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