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During this three-day event, the R.C. McQuilkin Scholarship (named for our first president) will be awarded. This weekend awards one winner for full-tuition at CIU for four years and two additional winners for $2,500 per year for four years.

This exciting weekend will include faculty interviews, group discussions, interaction with current students and staff, and opportunities to fellowship with potential classmates. To qualify, students must:

  • be a high school senior (planning to start classes at CIU in the fall term after their high school graduation);
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0; and
  • have either an SAT score of 1000 or above (total of math &critical reading sections, excluding writing section) or an ACT composite score of 21 or above.

Interested participants must first complete an online registration form available June 1 - October 30, 2015.

The following items are required to complete your registration:

1. CIU Undergraduate Admissions Application
2. Application Essay (Click here for instructions)
4. One-page leadership resume, highlighting your school, church, and community involvement 
5. Unofficial high school transcript (minimum 3.0 GPA)
6. SAT or ACT scores (minimum 1000 total of math and critical reading on SAT; minimum 21 on ACT)
7. Recent digital headshot photo of yourself (.jpg format)

The deadline to register and submit all the necessary paperwork is Friday, October 30, 2015.

CIU will only accept the first 60 participants who complete the entire registration process.

Transcripts and test scores may be mailed to Columbia International University, Undergraduate Admissions, 7435 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203.

If you still have questions please visit our FAQ.

Accepting CIU Scholarships

Students awarded the R.C. McQuilkin Scholarship will be asked if they accept when called by our President, Dr. Bill Jones. To secure the scholarship, the student must submit a $200 deposit ($100 enrollment and $100 housing). This amount will be credited to the student's account.

Award Details and Restrictions

The student recieving the R.C. McQuilkin Scholarship is not eligible for any other CIU scholarships. All students receiving scholarships must complete a FAFSA.

The McQuilkin full scholarship is applied after any eligible state and federal aid are awarded. The two additional $10,000 scholarships are awarded at $2,500 every year over a four year period. Each of the three scholarships are renewable only if the student maintains a GPA of 3.0 or greater and is not on academic or character probation. This scholarship excludes CIU and Ben Lippen School employee dependents.

Travel and Accomodations

Travel to CIU is at the student's expense. If the student is traveling by air to Columbia, please notify CIU so that a CIU representative can transport the student from the Columbia airport to campus.

Area Accomodations

About Columbia, SC