Phoenix Scholarship
The mission of Columbus Rotary in providing our Phoenix Scholarship is to support positive and enduring change in the lives of lifelong learners. As symbolized by the mythical creature who rises from the ashes, the Phoenix Scholarship is intended to support learners who are on a journey to reinvent their lives. 

Our Phoenix Scholarships range from $2,500 for full-time students to $1,250 for part- time students, with opportunities to support students seeking other certificate/license programs, as well. Note: Students applying will NOT graduate
before the next academic year begins in fall of 2023.

Are You a Phoenix Scholar?
  • Are you a Franklin County resident?
  • Will you graduate after the next academic year begins in fall of 2023?
  • Are you a US citizen or do you have documentation of permanent residency?
  • Are you a high school graduate who is persevering in spite of life's challenges that have prevented you from taking a "typical" route to a degree or certification?
  • Are you using education to reinvent yourself?
  • Are you seeking a bachelor's or associate's degree or other post-high school certificate or license?
  • Can you demonstrate a commitment to education and the ability to succeed, as shown by your grades, work history, and plans for your future?
  • Then yes… you're a Phoenix, and we're happy you found Columbus Rotary!
"Getting my degree isn't just about me, it’s about providing a stable life for my children, breaking the cycle of poverty I was born into and about the impact I plan on making in the nursing field. I have a heart for the community, especially the undeserved of Linden. I plan on pursuing a Master’s of Public Health within the next 5 years as well.”
Neva Ryan, Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing


The following information will be needed to complete the online application.

  • Schools (and dates) of coursework you have completed since high school.
  • Recent employment history
  • A 300 - 500 word essay of what makes you as Phoenix - someone who is
    rising above life's challenges and achieve success.  Please also include
    comments on: your background personal and family, education achievement and
    goals; any experience as a community volunteer; your desired future
The submission deadline is midnight on March 1, 2023.