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2024 Scholarship Application

GiveBack365 is pleased to offer a limited number of $1,200 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 2017, the COLAcares Scholarship was renamed the GiveBack365 Scholarship.

Applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Be actively enrolled and in good standing within a Medical Laboratory Science, Cytology, or Histotechnology program at an accredited institution within the US or US territories
  • Have successfully completed at least one semester in their program
  • Intend to seek a master, baccalaureate or associates degree
  • Candidates will be evaluated on the letter of recommendation in addition to their essay

Please submit the completed application and all supporting materials by December 29, 2023.

Email the Scholarship Packet

You can download the Scholarship Packet here, fill out the application form with your letter of recommendation and then email it to


About COLA

COLA, Inc. is a physician-directed organization whose purpose is to promote health and safety through accreditation and educational programs. In 1993, COLA was granted deemed status by CMS to provide laboratory accreditation. As a leading laboratory accreditor in the United States, COLA operates its laboratory accreditation program in accordance with a quality management system certified to ISO 9001. This means we offer our customers a unique, standardized program and staff dedicated to satisfaction and laboratory quality. Our Surveyors and Technical Advisors are guided by a coaching approach and uncomplicated quality engineered processes. Laboratories of all types and sizes are evaluated and mentored to produce the highest quality laboratory services and meet CLIA regulations.

COLA’s Board of Directors consists of representatives from three founding member organizations: the American Medical Association (AMA), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American College of Physicians (ACP).

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.