Our Mission

                                                                                               Help impoverished children go to college by providing

                                                                                                                                                                                              mentoring from the fifth grade and supplemental college

                                                                                                                                                                                              funding upon graduation from high school.


                                                                                                                             How Does It Work?

                                                                                         Bright fifth graders from impoverished, single parent families are selected with the help of
                                                                                         Big Brothers Big Sisters. Mentors are provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters to mentor them
                                                                                         from the fifth grade through college. Funds are set aside in a Columbus Scholars Fund at 
                                                                                         the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. to provide supplemental 
                                                                                         funding to help meet their college needs.

                                                                                        Using existing groups and resources, Columbus Scholars does not have an administrative
                                                                                        staff. Mandatory monthly enrichment sessions provide additional education and other
                                                                                        cultural opportunities. A mandatory summer program teaches additional skills.  

                                                                                                                                                Where Mentoring Meets Hope

                                  Americans believe fundamentally in opportunity, and that each of our 
                                  nation’s children should achieve to the highest limits of his or her character
                                  and intellect. This is true from shore to shore, from North to South. It is
                                  true in Columbus.
                                  But poverty and lack of parental involvement often create an achievement
                                  gap between ability and performance. The most effective way to close this
                                  gap is by providing long-term mentoring and guaranteeing college funding
                                  for deserving students.

                                                                                                                                                                                             Where Mentoring Meets Hope
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