Choose Ohio First

Choose Ohio First: Pre-Professional Programs

Choose Ohio FirstIncoming freshman and sophomores are encouraged to apply; however, preference is given to juniors and seniors in the Urban Health Partnership.

Cleveland State University has a long history of preparing outstanding students for a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinarian studies, and other medical fields. This state-funded scholarship program is designed to attract and retain the best and the brightest students in these areas.  

The program will award scholarships in the amount of $1,500 to $5,200 per year to students involved in pre-professional studies, especially those students who choose to dedicate themselves to urban health.  Although the program cannot guarantee acceptance into a pre-professional program for an advanced degree, components of the program are designed to maximize your chances.

Who Can Apply?

  • Cleveland State University student, enrolled Fall 2015 
  • Ohio resident
  • Pre-professional student actively earning an undergraduate degree. (Note that “pre-professional” is not itself a major, but usually a designed track within a degree program.)
  • Preference will be given to students admitted to the NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health.
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Commitment to Choose Ohio First program requirements
  • Current FAFSA on file with Financial Aid

What are the Program Requirements?

  • Monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series—a lunch-time opportunity to get together with the entire student cohort and participate in activities or hear speakers with topics of interest.
  • Journal Club—a monthly gathering to discuss emerging research focused on evidence-based practice in urban primary care.
  • Career Guidance/Advice—regular interactions with career counselors to explore your future in or out of medicine.
  • Mentoring Program—interactions with secondary and early-matriculation students who are also interested in the medical professions.
  • Other programs as they are developed to enhance your success.

How do I apply? (Note: Applications currently unavailable)

  • Applications will be posted when availability of state funding is confirmed
  • Include copy of transcripts to date (unofficial is OK!)
  • Submit to Dr. David W. Ball, Department of Chemistry, CSU, Room SR 397
  • For more information, call 216-687-2451 or email