Columbia College Student Receives CIC/UPS Scholarship

Columbia, SC – (January 27, 2021) – Columbia College student Andrea Choice, a Biochemistry major from Moncks Corner, SC., has been selected to receive a Council for Independent College (CIC)/UPS Scholarship provided by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc. and its national partner, the CIC in Washington, D.C.

“I congratulate Andrea on this well-deserved award. It is always exciting to see our students recognized for their hard work. We are a community of scholars and are grateful for CIC and UPS for their efforts to award outstanding students across the country,” said Dr. Tom Bogart, Columbia College President. “Scholarships and opportunities like these make a lasting impact on students, preparing them to make a positive difference in the world.”

Nationally, CIC, through the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment, provided more than $1.5 million in student scholarships to support student success at private colleges and universities. This year, the SC Independent Colleges & Universities (SCICU) awarded $60,000 in CIC/UPS Scholarships to 20 low-income, first generation, minority, and new American students at private institutions across South Carolina.

“The UPS Foundation has been a long-time and generous supporter of independent college higher education, not only in South Carolina, but nationwide,” said Jeff Perez, President & CEO of SCICU. “We are very appreciative of their support and recognize that the lives of many worthy students have been changed for the better.”


About Columbia College

Columbia College was founded in 1854 as Columbia Female College by the Methodist Conference of South Carolina. Columbia College continues to serve as an institution for higher education with approximately 1,200 male and female students in both undergraduate and graduate courses.

About the Council of Independent Colleges

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of nonprofit independent colleges and universities, state-based councils, and other higher education affiliates, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges and universities and state-based councils. CIC offers conferences, seminars, publications, and other programs and services that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, student outcomes, and institutional visibility. It conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. Founded in 1956, CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

About The UPS Foundation

Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2019, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $123.8 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found at and @UPS_Foundation on Twitter.

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