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Sharon Palermo Memorial Scholarship


The Sharon Palermo Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to full-time seniors majoring in Television who have demonstrated outstanding achievements. The scholarship funds help off-set the cost of their tuition.

In 2006, Luke Palermo founded the scholarship to honor Sharon, his late wife and love of 30 years. Luke contributed to Columbia College Chicago, the National Academy of Television, and the Chicago community in many ways, and Sharon was integral to these activities. Sharon worked in education and was committed to the development of young people far beyond her day job. She lived life with extraordinary joy, whether absorbed in a mystery novel, playing a rousing game of Scrabble, or cooking with Luke. Now, Luke is an Associate Professor Emeritus at Columbia. After he graduated from Columbia, he served as a beloved faculty member for more than 30 years, including time as the Chair of Television.

Your gift to this scholarship honors the legacy of a beautiful person and supports students working hard to pursue their passion for the television industry.

Please contact Development and Alumni Relations if you have questions about your gift or would like to make a contribution over the phone. You may also make your gift by check payable to “Columbia College Chicago.” Designate “Sharon Palermo Memorial Scholarship Fund” on the check and mail to the below address. 

Development and Alumni Relations 
Columbia College Chicago 
600 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 400 
Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: 312.369.7287 
Fax: 312.369.8039 
Email: giving@colum.edu

Columbia College Chicago is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, charitable and educational organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.