2016 CCAA Scholars Recipients

The CCAA honored four outstanding Columbia College students with a scholarship of $1,000 each for the 2016-2017 academic year. Students were awarded scholarships based on their academic merit and notable affinity for Columbia College. The CCAA Scholars Program is made possible through the generous support of our alumni. Meet these inspiring CC students.

Kayla D. Little

Kayla Little does not take education lightly. While working a full-time job and attending Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks, she has made her academic achievement a high priority. She currently has a 3.39 grade point average and was selected to join the Sigma Beta Delta, an international honor society for business management and administration majors who are in the top 15 percent of their class. Kayla says she views her college education as a foundation for her future and a strong base on which to build.

Michaela Horstman

Michaela Horstman says she would not be where she is today without the assistance from the Writing Center, Math Center and Student Success Office. As a Day Campus student, she maintains a 3.76 grade point average and is majoring in accounting.

Haley L. Skyles

After transferring from two other colleges, Haley Skyles finally feels the saying “third time’s a charm” could not be more true. She says she has found her academic home at Columbia College. As an online student majoring in marketing, Haley believes her instructors take a personal interest in her education and are open to her questions. Her grandmother, Shirley Wright, graduated from Columbia College-Rolla in 2004.

Brian Smith

Columbia College has taught Brian Smith to cherish education and take it seriously, a lesson he will enthusiastically impart on his four children. “Columbia College has allowed me another chance to ‘do education right,’” Brian says. “This second trip through the collegiate doors isn’t just because I’m ‘supposed to’ or to solely prove my excellence through grades, but to truly learn and appreciate the knowledge that I can apply towards becoming a clinically and academically excellent, passionate nurse.” Brian believes this education will be the catalyst for a long, successful career in health care. A nursing major at the Evening Campus, he maintains a 3.71 grade point average. His wife, Emily, graduated from Columbia College in 2008.