Columbia College offers annual scholarship to Missouri students

The Col. Charles E. McGee scholarship will help a qualified student veteran achieve their education goals

Colonel McGee
Columbia College is proud to announce the Col. Charles E. McGee Scholarship, an annual scholarship granted by funds endowed to Columbia College, is now available to a qualified Missouri student veteran to help achieve their education goals. After the inaugural award, the scholarship will be available to student veterans institution-wide.

The $1,000 award for the 2010-11 academic year was established in 2010 to honor Col. Charles McGee ’78 USAF (retired), a Tuskegee Airman. The Airmen were the first African Americans to fly fighter planes in combat in World War II. Their courage and heroism helped shatter stereotypes and were in part responsible for full integration in the military. In 2007, President Bush awarded McGee the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, the nation's highest civilian award.

“We are honored to be able to offer financial aid to a student veteran with funds set forth by Col. McGee and many other generous contributors,” said Ramona McAfee, assistant dean for military. “This scholarship not only recognizes the efforts of a student veteran but it embodies the spirit and courage of Col. McGee and all he persevered.”

Undergraduate and graduate Columbia College student veterans are encouraged to log onto for an application and more information.

In his extraordinarily long career, Col. McGee also commanded a fighter squadron in the Philippines, a reconnaissance squadron at now-defunct Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base just south of Kansas City and held the Air Force fighter combat record of 409 missions and 1151 combat hours, while serving in three wars.

Learn more about Col. McGee’s amazing journey.