Columbia Southern University Awards Scholarship to Military Spouse

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California student wins online school's Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship to help earn degree in occupational safety and health.

Jeffery Ramey was recently presented with a Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship from Columbia Southern University. Behind him is Director of Military Outreach for Yuba College Susan Downing.

For Columbia Southern University (CSU) occupational safety and health student Jeffrey Ramey, winning the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship allows him a chance to pay it forward.

“Receiving this gift may be a scholarship for my master’s program, but this scholarship will be helping more than just as a student paying for school. This scholarship will allow me to graduate so that I may help, inspire, and motivate others to use the key of education to unlock any door that stands before them,” said Ramey of Folsom, Calif.

He plans to use his CSU Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship to fund the remainder of his education with the online university. The award honors the spouses and children of active-duty public safety personnel (firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMTs and dispatchers) and National Guard and military men and women, and covers tuition for up to 24 months for one specific online degree program with CSU. The scholarship is awarded six times a year.

Ramey, who is married to Air National Guard Technical Sgt. Tabatha Ramey, hopes to earn his master’s degree in OSH to become a safety management consultant and a safety instructor at California’s Safety Center in Sacramento.

Jeffrey Ramey, who has 22 years of civilian military experience and training, previously worked at a Naval air station in Mississippi.

“The military, OSHA, EPA, state and company rules and regulations were always respected and followed by me. I gave instructions on proper use of protective equipment such as respirators, hearing protection, and chemical protective suites to new employees,” he explained. “The objective was to provide a safe environment for everyone and safe aircraft for the different instructors and the thousands of students that were trained in the T-2, TA-4, and the T-45 jet aircraft for the U.S. Navy and Marines.”

However, in 2010, a motorcycle accident “created some injuries that would not allow me to perform some of the duties that were involved. This event changed my life by depleting our savings, and eliminated my retirement pension plan.”

Ramey and his wife relocated and he focused on getting an education in OSH through CSU by earning his associate and bachelor’s degrees from the university.

As he pursues his master’s degree now, Ramey is hopeful this will allow him to return to his beloved profession of keeping the public and workers safe.

CSU offers online associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in various fields including criminal justice, fire administration, occupational safety and health and business administration.

To learn more about the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship, please call 888-785-3006 or send an email to hero(at)columbiasouthern(dot)edu. If you would like learn more about CSU, please visit

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