Success Grants | Shelter Insurance®

Your hometown should be a place where you feel safe and welcomed. In a perfect world, it would be a place where good vibes and positivity can be found more than the negativity that is all too often seen and felt. The City of Columbia and the Shelter Insurance Foundation would like to help make those positive changes while helping high school students in Columbia afford the cost of going to college, so together we created the Success Grants program. Through this program, students who are juniors or seniors attending a Columbia public high school and meet the criteria can apply. A Review Committee will review the applications and choose which students to interview before selecting three recipients. The chosen recipients will complete a Neighborhood Service Project and will each be awarded a Success Grant in the amount of $1,000 to continue their education. To qualify, candidates must:
  • Attend a Columbia public high school and have primary residence in Columbia, Missouri
  • Have financial need
  • Be of excellent character
  • Be a U.S. citizen 
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher at the time of high school graduation
  • Have an interest in making their neighborhoods safer and more vibrant
  • Be interested in creating a project for the neighborhood that initiates positive interaction while being mentored by a City staff member
  • Be planning to start post-secondary education in the Fall of 2022 (if currently a senior) or in the Fall of 2023 (if currently a junior)
  • Must not be a child or relative of a City of Columbia employee

Funds from the Success Grants will be paid to the two- or four-year accredited college, university or technical school of the student's choice and can be used for tuition, fees, books and housing. 

About the Neighborhood Service Project

How can you decide what would make a good neighborhood project? Think about the needs of your neighborhood and what you think would make it better. Would your neighborhood enjoy block parties, clean-ups or activities for kids? Could it be safer? Would it benefit from home repairs?

Mekhia Thompson, a Battle High graduate and winner of the first Success Grant in 2017, hosted a block party in the East Neighborhood last summer. Here's what she had to say about her project: “My proposal to get the community in my neighborhood more involved with one another is to have a block party. I know there’s a variety of kids in the Rice Road area and I want to do something that would involve their interests. If we had law enforcement or city officials out being involved then I believe that would break down assumptions and stereotypes of authority figures in our society.”

If you are interested in applying for a Success Grant and meet the criteria, please complete the application, prepare a project proposal for how to improve your neighborhood, and a copy of your current high school transcript and submit it all to Stacye Smith at Shelter Insurance. You may submit this information to her by email at or by regular mail to the following address by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 21, 2022:

Shelter Grant Review Committee
c/o Macie Peterman
Shelter Insurance Corporate Office
1817 W. Broadway
Columbia, MO 65218

In early March, the review committee will discuss the applications and select at least one applicant per neighborhood to invite for a personal interview. In mid-March, applicants will meet their mentors. Applicants will carry out their projects in June and July, and submit a final project report in August.

Are you ready to make your neighborhood—and your future—brighter? Apply Today!

Success Grants Application Packet 2022-2023

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