Choose Ohio First

Choose Ohio First: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)


Advancing Excellence in Nursing Professionals

Choose Ohio FirstThe undergraduate curriculum is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  There is a nationwide shortage of RNs, especially those prepared at baccalaureate and higher levels. CSU BSN graduates are helping to meet this critical need in Ohio.

Choose Ohio First is an initiative focused on creating a more competitive economy and stronger workforce in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM fields) in Ohio. Choose Ohio First provides scholarships to students pursuing a career in these fields. Awards range from $1,500 - $5,200 per academic year and must be renewed each year. The School of Nursing is pleased to have received COF funds to support the preparation of professional nurses. Please visit the Ohio Board of Regents' website for more information about the Choose Ohio First Program at

Who Can Apply?

​You must:

  • Be a Cleveland State University student new to the University in Spring 2018 or Fall 2018
  • Be admitted into a pre-licensure Nursing program at Cleveland State University
  • Be an Ohio resident
  • Have a grade point average of 3.3 or higher
  • Make a commitment to the Choose Ohio First program requirements
  • Be enrolled in all required Nursing courses
  • Not already be receiving a full scholarship
  • Have a current FAFSA on file with Financial Aid (


What are the Program Requirements?

  • Provide ten (10) hours of service to the School of Nursing each semester during which an COF award is received
  • Maintain a 3.25 GPA each semester
  • Participate in mentoring/lecture sessions in the School of Nursing that provide opportunities to discuss pertinent issues with colleagues as well as hear professional presentations by nursing experts.


How Do I Apply?  

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are closed at this time.  Please check back for more information about the 2018-2019 academic year application. 


For More Information Contact:

Mary Leanza