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Columbia Southern University Scholarships

Columbia Southern University (CSU), one of the nation's first completely online universities, is offering two, two-year scholarships to members of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC).
Each scholarship will be applied to two consecutive years towards the completion of one of CSU’s associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral online degree programs.  

Application and Deadline

The 2013 scholarship application period is now closed. Stay tuned for information on the 2014 scholarship.  

Eligibility and Requirements  

All scholarship applicants must:
  • have a high school diploma or GED,
  • be an active member of the NVFC,
  • complete the CSU/NVFC Scholarship Application,
  • provide up to two letters of recommendation, and
  • submit a 500-word essay on this subject: "The Importance of this Scholarship to My Personal, Professional, and/or Educational Growth."

If you are not currently a member of the NVFC, visit to join.


Please contact Erika Viquelia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800-977-8449 ext. 1217 if you have any questions about the scholarship or would like to learn more about the educational opportunities available through CSU.
Contact the NVFC at 888-ASK-NVFC (275-6832) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you have questions about membership in the NVFC.

About Columbia Southern University

Columbia Southern University is a premier online university for distance learning, offering a wide range of accredited degree programs, open enrollment, and a flexible schedule designed to accommodate your busy life. Students can choose from online associate, bachelor, master, doctoral, or certificate programs in a variety of fields including fire science, business administration, criminal justice administration, human resource management, and more.
The self-paced or structured learning programs help busy individuals like first responders balance career, family commitments, and fire service responsibilities while still working towards your degree. The following are just a few additional features you can expect if you attend CSU:
  • Affordable Tuition,
  • Maximum Transfer Credit,
  • Complimentary Tutoring Services,
  • No Group Projects,
  • And More!
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As a NVFC partner, Columbia Southern University also offers NVFC members a 10 percent tuition discount and application fee waiver. Spouses and children are also eligible for these special benefits. Learn more by visiting