COLUMBUS STATE FOUNDATION
Who We Are: The Columbus State Community College Foundation is a nonprofit that works with the community to secure resources to advance the mission, educational opportunities, and services for the students of Columbus State Community College. Columbus State is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse schools in the region, and the only college in Central Ohio with an open admissions policy. Nearly half of Columbus State’s students come from low-income backgrounds and 60 percent are the first in their families to attend college.
What We Do: The Foundation works to support the college’s strategic priorities in Student Success,
Workforce Development, and Civic Engagement. We focus our efforts on funding scholarships, investing in academic programs, and enhancing the student experience and student success at Columbus State. The Foundation administers more than 200 scholarships and provides more than $300,000 in aid each year. In addition to scholarship support, the Foundation raises funds for programs and projects that enrich the Columbus State experience and open new opportunities for the campus and community. We are currently supporting the college's efforts to build the new School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts.
Why We're Important: Columbus State provides students with a solid educational background for future success. We are the only American community college to earn three distinctions for our work in helping students start strong and graduate with great outcomes. Additionally, we are changing the conversation around college debt. Columbus State offers a quality education at an affordable price – 76% of our students take on zero student loan debt. Finally, we continuously engage our partners throughout Central Ohio to address urgent needs in the areas of workforce development, neighborhood revitalization, and food insecurity.
How We Impact the Community: The work of the Foundation helps empower individuals to change their lives while building a future-ready workforce for our community and a brighter, more prosperous outlook for our shared future.
How You Can Help: Giving to the Columbus State Foundation allows us to provide our students with more opportunities to succeed in our greater community. Please visit our website and reach out to us to learn more about how and where to give. Some of our giving areas include:
First Generation Scholarship
Foundation Support Fund
Campaign for the School of Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts
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Executive Director: Pam Bishop