Scholarships

Scholarships are financial awards that do not require repayment and can be based on financial need, grades, or other criteria.

Cincinnati State offers Institutional Scholarships and Honors Scholarships. Students also can apply for a variety of scholarship opportunities available from organizations outside of the College.

Institutional Scholarships

The Cincinnati State Scholarship Program awards scholarships to new, incoming students and to current students. The amount of the scholarship and the eligibility criteria vary, and can be based on a student’s academic program, financial need, grade point average, minority status, or other criteria set by the donor who established the scholarship.

Eligibility for Institutional Scholarships

How to Apply for Institutional Scholarships - New Application Process for 2017-18

2017-2018 Cincinnati State Institutional Scholarships (criteria and uses)

All scholarship applications must use the new online Scholarship Application form (link below). You will be considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible. 

Deadline for 2017-18 scholarship applications: March 1, 2017
 
  • Complete a Cincinnati State application and receive your MyServices login (for new students).
  • Log into MyServices and select the Cincinnati State Scholarship Application link in the "Financial Aid" section.
     
  • Selecting Scholarship References
    • In the online Scholarship Application, you'll provide names and email addresses for at least two professional references.
      • References should not be your family members.
      • References should be people such as your current or former teachers, or supervisors from your work or volunteer activities.
    • Your references will get an email message telling them how to submit their recommendation online.
    • You'll be able to track when your reference letters arrive (and remind them of the March 1 deadline, if needed).
       
  • Complete your 2017-2018 FAFSA form by March 1, 2017, to qualify for institutional need-based scholarships. Use school code 010345 for Cincinnati State.

Honors Scholarships

Special scholarships are available for students who are accepted into Cincinnati State’s Honors Program. Honors Scholarships are based on academic achievement and financial need and cover tuition, fees, and books.

Eligibility for Honors Scholarships

In addition to Cincinnati State’s General Eligibility Requirements for financial aid, criteria include:

  • Be admitted to a Cincinnati State degree program and to the Honors Program.
  • For a new student entering Cincinnati State directly from high school, have appropriate scores on the College placement test, and at least one of the following:
    • high school GPA of 3.25 or higher
    • high school rank in the top 20 percent
    • ACT score of 26
  • For a new student entering Cincinnati State five or more years after high school, have appropriate scores on the College placement test
  • For a current student or a student transferring to Cincinnati State, have a college GPA of 3.25 or higher, after completing at least 12 semester credits

How to Apply for Honors Scholarships

  • Complete the Cincinnati State Honors Program Application, which automatically put you in consideration for Honors Scholarships. 
    • Submit your application by March 1, 2017, to be considered for a scholarship for the next school year (starting in Fall Semester 2017). Applications to be admitted to the Honors Program are reviewed as they are received; there is not a specific deadline.
  • The Honors Program Chair notifies applicants about acceptance to the Honors Program and eligibility to receive an Honors Scholarship.

Choose Ohio First Scholarship

Choose Ohio First is a state-sponsored scholarship program that offers scholarships to students majoring in programs related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine (referred to as STEMM fields).

Eligibility for Choose Ohio First Scholarships

In addition to Cincinnati State’s General Eligibility Requirements for financial aid, you must:

  • Be an Ohio resident.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 (high school or most recent college) or a GED average of 640.
  • Have applied to an eligible STEMM program.

How to Apply for Choose Ohio First Scholarships

  • Complete the FAFSA form. Use school code 10345 for Cincinnati State.
  • When you are admitted to an eligible STEMM program you will receive an email from the STEMM coordinator with a link to an online scholarship application.
  • Note: Cincinnati State is not accepting new applicants for this scholarship program at this time. However, we may reopen applications in the future.

Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program

Active-duty members of the Ohio National Guard can apply to the Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program (ONGSP), which covers up to 100 percent of tuition and general fees for eligible participants.

Eligibility for Ohio National Guard Scholarships

In addition to Cincinnati State’s General Eligibility Requirements for financial aid, you must:

  • Be currently serving and in good standing with the Ohio National Guard, with qualifying years in Ohio.
  • Have not already earned an bachelor's degree.
  • Be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours in an associate’s degree program (some nursing certificate programs may qualify as well).

How to Apply for Ohio National Guard Scholarships

Ohio War Orphans Scholarship

The Ohio War Orphans Scholarship program awards tuition assistance to the children of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans who served in the armed forces during a period of declared war or conflict.

Eligibility for Ohio War Orphans Scholarship

In addition to Cincinnati State’s General Eligibility Requirements for financial aid, you must:

  • Be an Ohio resident.
  • Be under the age of 25.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student pursuing an associate’s degree.

How to Apply for Ohio War Orphans Scholarship

  • Print, complete, and submit a Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Application by the deadline (July 1 each year).
  • The application must include copies of military service record (DD-214) and VA disability rating (if applicable).

Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund

The Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund provides tuition assistance to the children and spouses of peace officers, firefighters, and certain other safety officers who are killed in the line of duty, anywhere in the United States.

In certain cases the fund also provides assistance to the children and spouses of a member of the armed services who was killed in the line of duty.

Eligibility for Ohio Safety Officers Scholarship

In addition to Cincinnati State’s General Eligibility Requirements for financial aid, you must:

  • Be an Ohio resident.
  • Be pursuing an associate's degree.

How to Apply for Ohio Safety Officers Scholarship

  • Interested students should contact the Ohio Department of Higher Education at 1-(800) 233-6734.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Students can also apply to external (or "outside") scholarship programs, not affiliated with Cincinnati State, to help cover the cost of their education.

Outside scholarships programs vary widely in eligibility requirements and award amounts. Many programs are available and some are very competitive.

We recommended that you spend time reviewing possible scholarship opportunities, and then apply for several different scholarships.

Resources for Outside Scholarships

  • View list of selected external scholarship opportunities
  • You can search for other scholarship opportunities at these scholarship database sites:
  • Many organizations, such as churches and religious organizations, civic and community groups, and fraternities and sororities, provide scholarships to support college education. Ask for more information from organizations you (or your family members) are part of.
     
  • In some cases, employers may provide financial assistance to employees or their family members who are pursuing a college education. Check with your supervisor or the Human Resources department in your workplace to learn if educational assistance is available.

Financial Aid Tips

Learn more about financial aid applications and eligibility in our Financial Aid Tips.

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