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Choose Ohio First Scholarships

Get a great career with no debt. We're offering a full-tuition scholarship for students entering four in-demand fields. The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program is available to incoming students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in:

Information Systems Technology

Information Systems Technology

Information Systems Technology

Engineering Technologies

Information Systems Technology

Nursing & Allied Health

Information Systems Technology

Skilled Trades

Scroll down to "Eligible Degrees" for a list of associate degrees that qualify for this scholarship.

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Future Scientists | STEM Scholarship

For the Choose Ohio First scholarship for Science, Techology, Engineering & Math, see our Future Scientists Scholarship.


The deadline to apply for the Autumn 2022 cohort is July 15. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated throughout the application window, so applying early is encouraged.

Check below for detailed instructions, eligibility requirements, and a list of the specific associate degree programs that qualify for the scholarship. Then, apply for the scholarship using our standard scholarship system:

Apply for the Scholarship

For more information, contact: Alli Kurzawa, akurzawa@cscc.edu.

In addition to scholarship money, Choose Ohio First recipients will learn together as a cohort as they complete their degree at Columbus State. Choose Ohio First recipients are a part of the STEM Experiential Learning Scholarship Community. Students will also have access to a specialized orientation, tutoring, research projects, and special events.

We'll help with career placement through direct one-on-one student support - including the application and interview process - as well as connecting accepted students with resources such as career services, academic advising, and faculty mentors.

Eligibility & Application Steps

The following associate degree programs are eligible for Choose Ohio First scholarships. When you apply to Columbus State, make sure you declare one of these majors.

Information Systems Technology

  • Cybersecurity
  • Software Development
  • Network Administration
  • Web Development

Nursing & Allied Health

  • Nurse Aide (STNA)
  • Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
  • Registered Nurse (RN) AAS
  • Health Information Management Tech 
  • Medical Assisting 
  • Massage Therapy 
  • Phlebotomy 
  • Surgical Tech 

Engineering Technologies

  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Electromechanical Engineering Technology
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Logistics Engineering Technology

Skilled Trades

  • Welding

STEM Majors

For the Choose Ohio First scholarship for Science, Techology, Engineering & Math, see our Future Scientists Scholarship.

To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must:

a. Be an Ohio resident

b. Be accepted and enrolled as a Columbus State student and declared within one of the four target programs (see Eligible Degrees, above):

c. Be new to the academic program listed above in autumn 2022 (students must be starting program in this semester to be eligible)

d. Complete the 2022-23 FAFSA.

e. Possess:

  •  A 3.0+ high school GPA
  • College readiness in Math, Reading & English (show college readiness through ACT sub-scores English: 18, Reading 22, Math 20 or SAT Writing 480, Math 510 OR placement into college-level English and mathematics courses as indicated by the college’s intake assessment) - Two letters of reference (references will be collected within application)

f. Write a brief essay outlining college and career aspirations (on application)

Columbus State recognizes that many community college students are non-traditional, and a high school GPA may not be sufficient to demonstrate academic promise. Therefore, the team will consider students whose grade-point averages rose significantly during their last two years of high school, and those who have done particularly well in mathematics and science courses and in AP or other advanced courses, participated in computer science-based clubs or competitions, or have been strongly recommended by faculty and teachers. Non-traditional adult students can be evaluated based on other criteria, such as work history, military service, and volunteer activities.

  • Complete 2022-23 FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov listing Columbus State as a receiver (federal code: 006867)
  • Visit Columbus State’s scholarship application portal to complete the General Application: https://cscc.academicworks.com/
  • Select the Choose Ohio First opportunity following your General Application, and apply to the program specifically.
  • Email Alli Kurzawa at akurzawa@cscc.edu to ensure your application was received

Once your application is reviewed, you may receive an email from Alli Kurzawa with clarifying questions. If you are determined to be an eligible candidate, you will be invited to interview with the team before your award is determined.

The COF contract includes:

  • Scholarship criteria
  • Performance thresholds (including maintenance of a cumulative 3.0 GPA)
  • Active participation in co-curricular programming as a cohort including STEM Club, COF Colloquium, the Technology Speaker Series, and other career exploratory activities.
  • Agreement to submit responses to the evaluation surveys
  • All other requirements and expectations of COF Scholars, including their academic and professional conduct.