To Graduates: “Don’t become the star of your own reality show.”

December 14, 2015
CIU College of Education Graduates

Before heading out into the world with their degrees, Columbia International University December graduates were warned about a world filled with self-absorption.

The warning came from commencement speaker Crawford Loritts, a nationally-known author, broadcaster and senior pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

December 08, 2015
CIU students sing carols as the Christmas tree is lit.

CIU Family Christmas Event Celebrates the Christmas Season

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

The center of Columbia International University's campus was alive with the Christmas spirit Dec. 3, as the CIU family gathered to celebrate Jesus' birth at “A CIU Family Christmas” sponsored by the Student Senate.

The event featured live music, snacks and photos with Santa Claus; that is, CIU President Dr. Bill Jones dressed as Santa. 

Outside Scholarships

An outside scholarship is any scholarship not awarded by the government or the school, such as a scholarship provided by a private sector company, philanthropist or foundation. Outside scholarships are considered resources, meaning that they may reduce your financial aid package dollar for dollar.  The list below is meant to be a starting point in your scholarship search and CIU has no control over the application process or receipt of these scholarships.

Scholarship Name

Award Range

Criteria and Eligibility

Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants


Available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement


Undergraduate and graduate merit and need-based scholarships

Horatio Alger South Carolina Scholarship


Available to current high school seniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree, demonstrates critical financial need and a South Carolina resident.

Foundation of the Carolinas


Refer to the website for all available scholarships and deadlines.

The Seminary Scholarship


Watch a promotional video on Logos Bible Software and complete an application.

Through the Looking Glass


To be eligible, a student must be a current high school senior or currently enrolled in a college or university, be 21 or younger, and have at least one parent with a disability. 

Five of the 15 scholarships will also consider extreme financial hardship (poverty level) in addition to the above criteria.

Mary G. Webster Scholarship Fund


To be eligible you must be a of South Carolina resident attending a 4-year college or university in SC, be an rising sophomore, junior, or senior in college/university, be pursuing an education in a business-related field, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Daniel R. Hoover Scholarship Fund


You must be studying in the ministry and must demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students from Cabarrus County, N.C. There are many other scholarships on this site as well.

Anne A. Agnew Scholarship


Eligibility for these scholarships is open to everyone and is based on academic achievement and financial need.

The Fund for Theological Education


Refer to the website for all available scholarships and deadlines.

P.E.O. STAR  Scholarship




The P.E.O. STAR scholarship provides scholarships for exceptional high school senior women to attend an accredited postsecondary educational institution.

Presbyterian Church USA

Up to


To be eligible, a student must be a Presbyterian Church member, demonstrate financial need, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and enrolled in a Presbyterian related college or university

SC Baptist Collegiate Ministry Scholarships


To be eligible you must be an active resident member of a South Carolina Southern Baptist Church, have church recommendation, and be able to attend a personal interview session.


Ronald McDonald House Charities



Various Scholarships


The Military Chaplain Scholarship



For students pursuing future ministry as a military chaplain.

Scholarships for Military Chaplains

Up to


Various scholarships for seminary or graduate school students.

Scholarships for Military Children and Spouses


Consult the website for more information.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program


To be eligible you must be a minority student with permanent residency in the U.S., have a 3.3 GPA, demonstrate leadership abilities and meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria.

APIASF Scholarship Program

$2,500 -


Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census.  Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have a cumulative GPA of 2.7.

Hispanic College Fund General College Scholarships

$500 -


Available for high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students. To be eligible you must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, and complete FAFSA.

Harvesters Scholarship Foundation


Various Scholarships

Glad Tidings Gospel Ministry


For students who plan to serve in inner-city ministry or students with parents that have served or are currently serving as missionaries or students that come from unbelieving families who do not contribute financial support to their Christian education.

Champions for Christ Foundation, Inc.


To be eligible you must be going into full-time Christian ministry.

Shire ADHD Scholarship Program


For U.S. citizens accepted to or attending an approved college, university, vocational, or technical school as an undergraduate student that has been diagnosed with ADHD and is under the care of a licensed health care professional for ADHD.

Watson Brown Foundation Scholarship


For students from the following counties:

Georgia - Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Jefferson, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, and Wilkes counties 

South Carolina - Aiken, Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenville, McCormick, and Spartanburg counties





Epic Day of Bell Ringing

December 03, 2015
CIU students ringing Salvation Army bells at Wal-Mart

It’s not unusual to encounter a lone Salvation Army bell ringer outside your local Wal-Mart this time of the year. But that was not the case for the shoppers at the Bush River Road Wal-Mart in Columbia on Dec. 1. Instead, entire groups of Columbia International University students gathered in front of the familiar red kettles ringing the bells and singing Christmas songs at the top of their voices. The proclamation of Christ through music was heard well across the massive parking lot.

Common Misconceptions about the Christmas Story; CIU professor takes a biblical look

November 27, 2015

The annual Christmas pageant and the manger scene under the Christmas tree this season may not be biblically accurate. The Christmas pageant often includes an inn keeper who has no rooms to offer, directing Joseph and Mary to a stable out back. Meanwhile, under the tree, the figurines show Jesus now born and in a feeding trough of that lonely stable surrounded only by his parents.  


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