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High School Scholarship Program

The Columbus Citizens Foundation’s High School Scholarship Program was founded in 1994 at the directive of past Foundation President Michael Santangelo, Esq. Recipients receive four-year scholarships that help cover their high school tuition in preparation for admission to college. Our scholarships, while generous, provide assistance towards a school’s tuition but will not cover payment for all school costs.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please take a moment to learn about our requirements and the scholarship application process.


  • Students who are of Italian descent (at least 25% Italian)
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (85% or B) or higher
  • Households where the total gross income does not exceed $20,000 per capita ($20,000 per person in the household) are eligible. For example, for a household of four, the maximum total gross income is $80,000 to be eligible.
  • Only 8th graders who will enter high school as a freshman in the Fall 2019 are eligible to apply. Students who are already in high school are NOT eligible to receive a CCF high school scholarship.
  • Students must  be citizens of the United States or residents of same status. 


  1. To be considered for a CCF high school scholarship, an online application and supporting documentation must be submitted by the deadline that contains detailed and confidential personal information. It must be submitted online to FACTS, an independent financial review company that will determine eligibility based on financial documentation.
  2. The CCF High School Scholarship Committee reviews and evaluates the applications.
  3. The Committee invites select applicants and their families to visit the Foundation for a mandatory interview (April/May).
  4. Approximately one month after all interviews have been held, the committee decides which applicants will be awarded scholarships.
  5. Parents/Guardians/Applicants are notified by mail of the committee’s decision.


  • Enroll in Italian Language course(s) if offered at chosen school to fulfill their school’s language requirements.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 (85% or B) or higher. Report cards must be submitted annually to verify GPA.

NOTE: CCF scholarships are partial scholarships and will not cover all tuition costs.

How To Apply

The scholarship application process is now open for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please read all instructions before applying. The application deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019.

STEP 1:  Click here to download and print the 2019 CCF High School Scholarship Guidelines and Academic Performance Verification Form that must be completed by a school guidance counselor or principal. The Academic Performance Verification Form is on page 3.

STEP 2: Click here for the 2019 CCF High School Scholarship Application.
- Create an account if you do not already have one.
- When prompted to choose a school, you MUST choose Columbus Citizens Foundation High School Scholarship Program. DO NOT CHOOSE YOUR OWN SCHOOL. Later in the application, you will be asked to enter your school name and address.

STEP 3: Complete the online application and submit to FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment by the February 15, 2019 deadline.

STEP 4: Submit all required support documents directly to FACTS (by mail, fax or uploaded with your application) by the February 15, 2019 deadline.

DEADLINE: The deadline for applications and supporting documentation for the 2019-2020 academic year is Friday, February 15, 2019.

Please note: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.