Columbus Scholars, Inc. is a Georgia non-profit corporation that started its mission in 2009. Seven local fifth graders from local elementary schools were selected to be Columbus Scholars. Columbus Scholars, Inc. with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Chattahoochee Valley provided each with a mentor. Funds had been previously raised and set aside in a separate Columbus Scholars Fund at the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. which would provide supplemental college funding in the future. Our goal with this initial class is to see them through college graduation in the year 2021. In 2012 nine scholars were selected. There are currently 34 Columbus Scholars in local elementary and middle school.
Columbus Scholars Inc. has no administrative staff. It is managed by its Board and uses existing resources to provide the needs of our scholars. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentors and oversees the selection process with the Board. The monthly enrichment sessions and summer enrichment sessions are provided by the Board. Columbus High School students are providing weekly tutoring at the Columbus Public Library and we hope to partner with Columbus State University to help with monthly and summer enrichment sessions.