The Columbia Foundation recognizes the value of education and diversity in today’s world. Higher education is the key to many options in the future, opening doors to new thinking and new contacts.
The 20 Under 40 High School Scholarship is a one-time scholarship that will provide up to $2,500 to a Mid-Missouri High School senior student, to be applied towards college or university tuition.
Endowed by Columbia Safety, a world-wide safety equipment company, the 20 Under 40 Scholarship targets excelling students Mid-Missouri High Schools. We believe that your perspectives, experiences and values benefit and enrich the educational experiences of all students, faculty and staff. This scholarship is named after the award received by Beau Aero, CEO of Columbia Safety, in 2014, and it reflects Columbia Safety’s and The Columbia Foundation’s commitment to inspiring and supporting new business leaders.
As a dedicated student, you have the power to influence social, political and economic issues in your community, legislature, business and civic organizations and in our institutions of higher education. This scholarship provides support for students who are experiencing financial difficulty. The Beau Aero Martin Scholarship Program believes that students should be supported in harnessing and commanding their own extraordinary power.
In support of this goal, the 20 Under 40 High School Scholarship will be offered to Mid-Missouri High School senior students who have a demonstrated financial need. To apply, students must (1) complete the Scholarship application; (2) submit a short personal statement on why they believe they qualify for this scholarship; (3) attach a copy of their Student Aid Report (SAR) or FAFSA application; and (4) enclose two recommendation contacts.
Students can reapply for funding annually, with selection decisions based on current financial need.
Please check eligibility criteria below.