For more than 20 years, Columbia Capital Rotary has supported the educational aspirations of high school graduates in the Richland District One area by awarding continuing four-year college scholarships. Scholarships are based on a combination of academic performance, extracurricular activity and economic need. Applicants must provide information via their school guidance counselors, take part in a personal interview and cannot have a parent or grandparent with any ties to Rotary.
The club provides up to $20,000 in scholarships annually, equating to $5,000 in assistance for four students each year, enrolled in the college of their choice. Recipients have attended schools including the University of South Carolina, College of Charleston, Anderson University and Cornell University. The sale of Christmas holiday wreaths provides scholarship funding along with an endowment for future awards.