Choose Ohio First

Choose Ohio First

  • COF_ STEM Fellows 3
  • COF_ STEM Fellows


APPLY Now!

Application for new freshman students beginning Spring or Fall 2023:

https://www.csuohio.edu/choose-ohio/choose-ohio-first-scholarship-program-application-cofsp

 

Application for new transfer students beginning Spring or Fall 2023:

https://www.csuohio.edu/choose-ohio/choose-ohio-first-scholarship-program-transfer-application
 
*Scholarship availabilty based on continued state funding

Choose Ohio First

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program is a state-funded program aimed at graduating more students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM). The State of Ohio recognizes that a workforce trained in these areas is essential for strengthening our economy.

At CSU, Choose Ohio First scholars are pursing degrees in biology, chemistry, engineering, math, medicine, nursing, physics, technology and related fields. Students interested in teaching a STEMM discipline at the high school level also qualify for the scholarship program.

Scholarship awards for a typical COF Scholar range from $2,000 to $5,000 per academic year, towards the cost of tuition.  The actual amount awarded is based on financial need, with all eligible students awarded at least $2,000 per academic year. Scholarships may be awarded even if a student is already receiving scholarship support from other programs (Scholars, Athletics, etc.).  Scholarships are renewable to cover all four years of an undergraduate degree, contingent on continued eligibility and state funding.  

Choose Ohio First Scholars are provided various forms of support and enrichment as they work towards completing their undergraduate degree.  A faculty advisor is assigned to lead each cohort and will serve as a mentor for scholars.  Engagement offerings vary by track, but may include advising, tutoring, peer mentoring, support for undergraduate research, and exposure to community service opportunities. There are also social activities to strengthen the cohort connection.  All COF Scholars are expected to participate in a work-based experience (internship, co-op, research).

 

Who Can Apply?

To be considered you must:

  • Be a new entering freshman student or a transfer student 
  • Be an Ohio resident
  • Have an undergraduate degree plan for an eligible STEMM major
  • Have a high school grade point average of 3.25 or higher, or ACT score of 27 or higher, or SAT score of 1300 or higher
  • Have a commitment to COF program requirements
  • Have a current FAFSA on file with Financial Aid
  • Not already be receiving a full tuition scholarship

*The Choose Ohio First program is only for students pursuing a first time undergraduate degree. Post-baccalaureate students are ineligible for this program.

**Please note that programs designated as "Upper Level" are only open to incoming transfer undergraduate students or current Choose Ohio First Scholars already participating in another program.

This file contains a list of the eligible majors for new program applicants starting Fall 2022 and later:
PDF icon '22-'23 Eligible Majors.pdf

 

General Program Requirements:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate student in a STEMM major (Typically 15 credit hours per semester)
  • Participate in required cohort activities (i.e.- meetings, poster sessions, etc.)  
  • Meet with assigned advisor at least once a semester   
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher  
  • Make progress toward a STEMM degree  
  • Participate in a work-based experience (internship, co-op, research) as a COF Scholar
  • Have a 4-year graduation plan approved by your major advisor (Exceptions may be made for dual majors, students participating in a co-op, etc.) 
*Scholarship recipients must file their FAFSA by June 15th of each year
 

How Do I Apply?

Application for new freshman students beginning Spring or Fall 2023:
https://www.csuohio.edu/choose-ohio/choose-ohio-first-scholarship-progra...

Application for new transfer students beginning Spring or Fall 2023:
https://www.csuohio.edu/choose-ohio/choose-ohio-first-scholarship-program-transfer-application



Available Tracks & Eligible Majors:

CSU Choose Ohio First Programs Academic Areas
Life Science Pipeline
(LOWER DIVISION)
Biology, Chemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Environmental Science, Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pre-professional
Student Success in Mathematics
(LOWER DIVISION)
Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Pre-STEMM Education

Engineering Co-op
(UPPER DIVISION)

Computer Science, Engineering
Grand Challenges
(UPPER DIVISION)
Biology, Chemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physics, Pre-professional
Research/Science Outreach
(UPPER DIVISION)
Biology, Chemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physics, Pre-professional
Internship/Service
(UPPER DIVISION)
Biology, Chemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Environmental Science, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physics, Pre-professional