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Scholarships available for adults impacted by COVID-19

Update | Tuesday, August 11, 2020

As the job market continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Columbus State has retooled a scholarship program directed toward adults who have had their income affected by a number of COVID related events, have been in foster care, suffered a job loss or furlough or meet requirements related to income. The program provides $2,000 in individual scholarship funds that can be used to take a variety of short-term certificates in fields where there are career paths with well-paying jobs.

Certificates range across several areas with programs in occupational fields such as information technology, healthcare, childcare, construction, bioscience, and manufacturing, to name a few. The College partners with employers in the region and collects industry trend data to determine ongoing talent needs that will fill local jobs and/or add skill sets that make candidates attractive for hire or promotion. 

“Now is the time to begin to explore what’s next,” says Cheryl Hay, executive director of Columbus State’s Office of Talent Strategy. “With the expiration of enhanced unemployment benefits, individuals are now starting to seek out education programs that can move them toward a career path and/or prepare them for a larger role with their current employer.” 

The $2,000 in scholarship funding can be used for tuition, school supplies, lab supplies, documentation, and certifications. Funding is provided by the Ohio Department of Education’s Short-Term Certificate Program. 

More information is available at

Columbus Business First covered the story. Read it here. 

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