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Choose Ohio First: Success in Mathematics

Choose Ohio FirstChoose Ohio First: Success in Mathematics is a state-funded scholarship and academic program for undergraduate students in STEMM Computer Science, Health Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) majors. It is designed to recruit and retain more Ohio students into STEMM fields. The name Success in Mathematics comes from the fact that a sound mathematical background is important for each of the STEMM fields.

Eligible majors include all engineering disciplines, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, health sciences and nursing. Those who plan on a career as a high school math or science teacher will have eligible majors since they will major in mathematics or one of the science disciplines. Note that a math major is not a requirement for this program.

Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $5,200 per student, per academic year, toward the cost of instruction (tuition, books, room and board). The actual amount awarded is based on financial need. Scholarships are renewable to cover all four years of an undergraduate degree, contingent on continued eligibility and state funding.

In addition to financial awards, students in the program participate in weekly cohort meetings on a variety of topics, including STEMM speakers from industry and academia and academic skill workshops. There are also social activities to strengthen the cohort connection and occasional field trips.

Students work in groups each year to complete a research poster and develop technical communication skills by presenting it at the annual poster conference sponsored jointly by the Choose Ohio First Success in Math programs at Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Cuyahoga Community College, Kent State University, University of Akron and Youngstown State University. Posters from the 2012 Poster Conference can be found here.

Students also receive intensive academic advising through the University Scholars program.

Who can apply?

You must:

  • Be an entering freshmen student or have entered the program as a freshman
  • Be an Ohio resident
  • Have an undergraduate degree plan for a STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine) major
  • Have a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Have a commitment to COF Success in Math program requirements
  • Have a current FAFSA on file with Financial Aid

What are the program requirements?

  • Be a full-time undergraduate student in a STEMM major
  • Attend at least 5 cohort meetings per semester (Tuesdays, 12-12:50 p.m.)
  • Complete a group research poster each spring and present it at our annual Research Poster Conference
  • Meet with assigned advisor at least once a semester
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Make progress toward a STEMM degree

How do I apply?

  • Download and complete an application form.
  • Include copy of high school/transfer transcripts (unofficial transcript is okay)
  • DEADLINE for Fall 2015: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
  • Applications after the deadline will be considered if funds are still available

Mail to:
Honors Program
ATTN: Choose Ohio First
Cleveland State University,
2121 Euclid Avenue MC 412,
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Fax to: 216-687-5552

Email to: with subject line "Choose Ohio First"

For more information about admissions, please contact:
Jami R. Derry
Academic Program Specialist
Phone: 216.687.5559
Campus location: Main Classroom Building, room 412

For more information about the program, please contact:
Dr. Leah Gold
Associate Professor
Phone: 216.687.4565
Campus location: Rhodes Tower, room 1506