Bright fifth graders from impoverished, single parent families are selected with the help of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Mentors are provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters to mentor them from the fifth grade through college. Funds are set aside in a Columbus Scholars Fund at the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. to provide supplemental funding to help meet their college needs.
Using existing groups and resources, Columbus Scholars does not have an administrative staff. Mandatory monthly enrichment sessions provide additional education and other cultural opportunities. A mandatory summer program teaches additional skills.