Choose Ohio First

Choose Ohio First: Pre-Professional Programs


Choose Ohio FirstCleveland 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 $7,500 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?  

​You must:

  • Be a transfer student to Cleveland State University enrolling for the first time Fall 2019 or be a continuing student presently participating in a Choose Ohio First program
  • Be an Ohio resident
  • Be a 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.)
  • Have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher
  • Make a commitment to Choose Ohio First program requirements
  • Have a current FAFSA on file with Financial Aid (
  • Not already be receiving a full scholarship

*Please note that preference will be given to students admitted to the NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health.

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

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?

  • Continuing Choose Ohio First Scholars who are interested in the pre-professional track should contact Ronnette Johnson. 


For More Information Contact:

Ronnette Johnson
Office: IM343