The M. Troy Woods Scholarship is renewable for up to four years. The size and number of future awards will be determined on an annual basis based on the size of the Fund and the Community Foundation’s recommended spendable amount. Because there is currently an active recipient in the scholarship program, an application cycle will not be available during 2024.


The scholarship is named for M. Troy Woods, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of TSYS at the time of its merger with Global Payments in 2019 and subsequently chairman of the board of Global Payments.

Mr. Woods received his bachelor’s degree from Columbus State University and later served on its board of trustees. In 2006 he was recognized as a recipient of Columbus State University’s Thomas Y. Whitley Distinguished Alumnus Award, named for the institution’s first president and presented annually to the graduate who has most lived up to the high standards set by the award's namesake.


The M. Troy Woods Scholarship is intended to help entering first-year undergraduate students attending Columbus State University who are pursuing a degree in cybersecurity through the Turner College of Business.