Leadership

Columbia Southern University Awards Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship

Columbia Southern University (CSU), one of the nation’s top online schools, is proud to announce the winner of the CSU Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship, which honors the spouses and children of active-duty public safety personnel (firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMTs and dispatchers) and military men and women.

Holly Stanley, a credit union branch manager in Alabaster, Ala., was awarded an online scholarship based on her entry in the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship essay contest sponsored by CSU.  CSU is an online university that offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in various fields including criminal justice, fire science, occupational safety and health, and business administration.

Stanley, who is married to Andrew Stanley of the Alabaster Police Department, was excited to win the scholarship which covers tuition for up to 24 months for one specific degree program.

She said winning the scholarship was like having “a great weight lifted off of my shoulders. I have wanted to go back to school for a long time, but I have dreaded the time and expense. My husband convinced me that neither mattered as long as I accomplished my goals. This will help me do just that and not stress about the cost.”

Regarding her quest to obtain a bachelor’s in business administration, Stanley stated in her essay, “I want to get my degree so that I can provide for my family the same way my husband has and show him that his support along the way was well-founded. I want to show my daughter that a woman can run a company; she can go to college and make it pay huge dividends.”

To learn more about the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship, please call 888-785-3006 or send an e-mail to [email protected]. If you would like learn more about CSU, please visit www.ColumbiaSouthern.edu.