CIU Ranked #6 for Best Value
Columbia International University is ranked #6 in the Southeast for the best value for
The rankings are in the new book, “The Other College Guide: A Roadmap for the
Right School for You” published by Washington Monthly magazine, which is known
for its annual “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings among universities and colleges.
The book uses criteria such as how successful each school is in graduating the
students they admit and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to
pay off their loans.
$20-K Scholarship Winner
Keli Bradley, a homeschooler from Florence, South Carolina who would like to be a
recording artist, is the winner of the $20,000 89.7 WMHK Scholarship competition
to attend Columbia International University. The scholarship is awarded to a high
school senior who has demonstrated a desire to make Christ known and will use a CIU
degree to make an impact for Christ in the marketplace.
Keli says she “loves to sing, especially
praise and worship music,” and leads
worship at Sandhurst Church in Florence
where she attends. She also says she will
major in Communication because she
has a secondary goal to be involved in
“I would have a lot of face time with
clients and begin to build relationships
with them because I have this really big
passion for people,” Keli said.
The 89.7 WMHK Scholarship is open to
South Carolina and North Carolina high
school seniors who have a 2.5 GPA or
greater and a marketplace career focus. The candidates must also submit a three-
minute video describing how they have made Christ known in their community, what
their dream job would be, and how they would make Christ known in the workplace.
The competition also offers two additional $10,000 scholarships. The runners-up
include Ashton Collum of Warrenville, South Carolina who plans on majoring in
Psychology and become a counselor to at-risk youth. The other runner-up is Vlad
Hruntkovskyi who currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. He desires to major in
Business & Organizational Leadership and return to his home country of Ukraine after
graduation to be involved in government.
The scholarship is named for Columbia Christian radio station WMHK, launched by
CIU in 1976 and now operated by the K-LOVE radio network.
CIU Board Member
A member of the Columbia International
University Board of Trustees has
received one of South Carolina’s highest
honors. The Order of the Palmetto was
presented to Dr. Marshall (Sonny) White
Jr. by South Carolina Governor Nikki
Haley. The award is the state’s highest
civilian honor given to those exhibiting
extraordinary lifetime achievement and
service to the state.
White was recognized for his work as
president of Midlands Technical College,
a position he held for nearly nine years
before retiring in early 2015. White has
also served as chair of the South Carolina
Technical Education System’s Presidents’
Council. A native of South Carolina,
White’s extensive background includes
work in business and industry, and a
commitment to community service.
A Special Thanks
CIU President Emeritus Robertson
McQuilkin joined faculty, staff and
students at a reception honoring CIU
Board of Trustees member Marvin
Schuster. Schuster retired from the Board
in May after 28 years of service. The
Schuster Building on the CIU campus is
named for Mr. Schuster and his wife