The Columbia High School Scholarship Fund’s mission is to provide need-based scholarships to Columbia High School graduates to help them further their education after high school.

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The Columbia High School Scholarship Fund (CHSSF) was established in 1923 by the CHS Home and School Association to help Columbia graduates needing financial assistance with their post-secondary education.

An endowment was established in the early years through the foresight of Miss Ida Grace Alexander, a CHS teacher, and her family.

Read The History Written in 1980


Our endowment has continued to grow over the years through the generosity of families, individuals and organizations in our community. Almost 100 years later, we are the largest provider of need-based scholarships in South Orange and Maplewood.

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Many of the recipients are the first in their families to attend college and the scholarships they receive are an integral part of helping them to achieve their goals. The grants can be used for any kind of post-secondary education, including graduate school.
List of Recipients’ Schools Recipient Testimonials

The Fund is governed by an independent board of community volunteers.

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CHSSF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is exempt from federal and state taxes.



  • Development Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Selection Committee
  • Nominating Committee

Active Trustees

  • Carl Adrien – Treasurer
  • Carol Barry-Austin
  • Patricia Canning
  • Brigid Casey – Vice President
  • Carol Gallo – Corresponding Secretary
  • Liz Herring – Recording Secretary
  • Candice Iheme
  • John Jasey
  • Jonathan Kohn
  • Patrick Lynch
  • Moses Oliva
  • Doreen Oliver
  • Katie Simpson
  • Madeline Tugentman – President
  • Will Vaughan

Emeritus Trustees

  • Brenda Amarant
  • Rowland Bennett
  • Jackie Cusack
  • Mila Jasey
  • Lillian Nash
  • George Robinson
  • Joan Rosenbaum