BAC Scholarship Fund

  118 gifts received toward our goal of 350!

BAC Scholarship Fund

The BAC Scholarship Fund campaign has a 350 donor matching gift challenge!


 A generous Black alumnus has pledged a $10,000 gift to the BAC scholarship if BAC, as a group, is able to reach the mark of 350 individual donors by June 30, 2019! 


The BAC works with the Columbia College Fund to raise money for the Black Alumni Council Scholarship Fund (BACSF) to annually provide five or more $10,000 undergraduate scholarships for students enrolled in Columbia College or the School of Engineering and the Applied Sciences.

Please read about the impact that the BAC scholarship had on one of our 2018 recipients here.


Each summer, Columbia College will use gifts to the Fund, received during the previous year, to provide scholarships to undergraduate students of Columbia College who have demonstrated financial need.  The scholarships from the Fund are intended to support Columbia's goal of promoting a diverse student body, which is a cornerstone of Columbia's educational mission. As part of the process, the BAC desires that consideration shall be given to the following factors, among others, in choosing the recipients of the BAC Scholarships, so long as these factors are in keeping with Columbia's goal of obtaining the educational benefits of diversity.

The applicants status as a member of an underrepresented group

  • Demonstrated leadership in and support for the African-American community
  • Demonstrated commitment to bringing diverse people together with a commitment to Columbia College and the University
  • It is expected that, when possible, recipients of the BAC Scholarship will receive it for more than one year to provide support for rising juniors and rising seniors.

If, at any time, the selection criteria of the scholarship become contrary to law or University Policy, as determined at the discretion of Columbia's Trustees, Columbia may modify these criteria as necessary, while keeping them as closely aligned as possible with the selection criteria described above.

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