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CIU Ranked #6 for Best Value

Columbia International University is ranked #6 in the Southeast for the best value for

your money.

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

public relations.

“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.



Keli Bradley

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



CIU Today

Summer 2015