2018 Scholarship Application

GiveBack365 is pleased to offer a limited number of $500 academic scholarships to aid students currently pursuing a degree in the field of Medical Laboratory Science or Technology within an accredited educational program. This scholarship fund was established in 2012 by COLA, Inc. to increase the awareness of careers in laboratory medicine and to support those individuals who will become the future of the industry.

In 2018, the COLAcares Scholarship was renamed the GiveBack365 Scholarship. Industry partners are now welcome to sponsor additional scholarships for deserving students by completing the scholarship sponsorship application.

Applicants must meet the following criteria

  • Be actively enrolled and in good standing within a Medical Laboratory Science or Technology program at an accredited institution
  • Have successfully completed at least one semester in their program
  • Intend to seek a Baccalaureate or Associates degree
  • Have a minimum program GPA of 3.0
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0

Please submit the completed application and all supporting materials by June 30, 2018 using one of the following:

Download the Scholarship Packet

You can download the Scholarship Packet here, fill out the forms and then mail it to the address below:

COLA, Inc.
Attn: GiveBack365
9881 Brokenland Parkway
Columbia, MD 21406

Email the Scholarship Packet

You can download the Scholarship Packet here, fill out the forms and then email it to the address below:

scholarships@giveback365.org

ABOUT COLA:

COLA is a physician-directed organization whose purpose is to promote excellence in laboratory medicine and patient care through a program of voluntary education, consultation, and accreditation. The organization is an independent, non-profit accreditor whose education program and standards enable clinical laboratories and staff to meet U.S. CLIA and other regulatory requirements. COLA accredits over 7,000 medical laboratories and provides the clinical laboratory with a program of education, consultation, and accreditation.

The scholarship will be awarded on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis based on the information received from the candidate as well as the requested letter of recommendation.  All scholarship funds must be used for educational expenses for students actively enrolled and in good standing in a Medical Laboratory Science or Medical Laboratory Technology Program at an accredited university or an accredited institution of higher learning.  Recipients are selected on the basis of academic merit and potential contribution to the field of laboratory medicine.  Scholarships may not be awarded to any Director, Officer or employee of COLA, Inc. or its subsidiaries, members of the Selection Committee, certain government employees, donors or their respective family members.