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Future Scientists Scholarship Program – Full Tuition for CSCC STEM Students


If you are a graduating senior interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math or medicine, you may be able to attend Columbus State tuition-free with the Future Scientists of Ohio Scholarship and complete the first two years of your bachelor's degree with no college debt!

Who it's for: Students who plan to get an Associate of Science degree in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medical fields and who plan to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in science, mathematics or engineering at any four-year university.

2014 High School Graduates

Deadline extended to May 15

Applications received by April 1 will receive priority consideration and award recipients will be notified by April 30, 2014. Applications received April 2-May 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis and awarded as remaining scholarship funds allow. No applications will be accepted after May 15, 2014.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

  • Be accepted to Columbus State Community College (Continue to Application).
  • Students must plan to attend the STEM Summer Bridge program in order to be eligible to receive the scholarship. Summer Bridge Program info
  • Take the Compass Placement Test and successfully place into Math 1148 and English 1100. (or equivalent placement by ACT scores)
  • Have a high school GPA of at least a B for all academic courses.
  • Demonstrate successful completion of academically rigorous high school science courses, including two of the following three: (1) a two-semester sequence in biology,  (2) a two-semester sequence in chemistry,  (3) a two-semester sequence in physics.
  • Demonstrate successful completion of academically rigorous courses in mathematics, including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
  • Have a composite ACT score of 23 or higher, with scores of at least 19 for English and 22 for mathematics, or an SAT score of 1200 or higher.
  • Write an essay that explains (a) why the student wants to be part of this program, (b) why the student should be chosen for this program, (c) how the student’s future goals would be enhanced by participation in this program.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a science or mathematics teacher that refers to the student’s abilities in science and a science laboratory, the likelihood of success in completing an academic degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, the willingness to work both independently and cooperatively in team projects, and the willingness to accept personal responsibility for his or her academic success. The letter must be on a school's letterhead and include contact information for the letter-writer (phone and e-mail).
  • Candidates must be incoming students. This scholarship is not open to people who already have a college degree. It is not open to current students with 20 hours of college credit or more, unless they earned the credits through a Postsecondary Education Opportunities (PSEO) program.
  • Be an Ohio resident.
  • Applications must be complete, with all information received before the deadline.
  • Please submit transcripts and letter of recommendation to Laura Shady either via email ( or by mailing it to Nestor Hall, room 432.  550 East Spring St. Columbus OH 43215

Application for New Students

Current Students

Deadline extended to May 1

This scholarship will pay for one year of tuition for Autumn '14 and Spring '15 semesters only.

  • Current (within the academic year) CSCC student
  • Associate of Science Degree student with plans to transfer to a four year college/university and major in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine
  • Completion of 30 semester credit hours by the end of the Spring 2014 semester.
  • Successful completion of Engl. 1100 (or the quarter equivalent)
  • Credit for any two of the following:
    Bio 1113
    Bio 2000 level and above
    Chem 1171
    Physics 1200 or 1250
  • Eligibility to take Math 1151
  • A cumulative CSCC grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Must provide letter of recommendation from a CSCC science or mathematics instructor that refers to the student's abilities in science and/or math
  • Must provide a copy of CSCC transcripts (can be printed from Cougarweb)
  • Please submit transcripts and letter of recommendation to Laura Shady either via email ( or by mailing it to Nestor Hall, room 432.  550 East Spring St. Columbus OH 43215

For more information, you can contact Laura Shady at

Application for Current Students