Choose Ohio First Scholarship

Cincinnati State is a partner with the Ohio Department of Higher Education to support students committed to college majors that lead to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, or Medical/Health (STEMM) fields. 

Cincinnati State awards Choose Ohio First (COF) scholarships on an application basis to first-time students in one of the eligible programs in the Fall of 2024.

Students must complete the application form to be considered for a COF scholarship.

  • The application will be available December 1, 2023 for the Fall 2024-25 academic year. Priority deadline to apply is February 15, 2024 and final deadline is August 1, 2024. (Notifications of awards will be made as soon as possible.)
  • Apply early as scholarship funds are limited.

COF Scholarship Information


Applicants for a Choose Ohio First (COF) scholarship must be enrolled (or in process of enrolling) in a STEMM program at Cincinnati State (see list below) starting in Fall Semester 2024 and must meet the following criteria:

  • Must complete the Choose Ohio First Scholarship Application
  • Must be a first-time Cincinnati State student in one of the eligible programs in Fall 2024
  • Must be an Ohio resident with the current legal status to remain permanently in the United States
  • During the first semester, must complete the College’s online “New Student Orientation”
  • Must check in with academic advisor all semesters enrolled in COF program, and periodic contact with Cincinnati State COF representatives
  • Must enroll for a minimum 9 credit hours per semester
  • Must have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher to apply, and maintain a 3.0 GPA to continue receiving the scholarship. (Students with a GPA below 3.0 will be required to work with Cincinnati State support staff)
  • During academic program, must complete a “Work Based Learning Experience” such as a Co-op, clinical, or practicum, and provide documentation required for the COF scholarship (please talk with your academic advisor to determine how these fit into your academic curriculum and pathway)

Choose Ohio First scholarship funds are limited, and will be awarded to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Scholarship Amount

The scholarship award amount can vary, based on course enrollment, up to a maximum award of $3,000 per year (two semesters). Students must enroll for a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to maintain COF eligibility.

May be renewable for the 2025-26 academic year.

Cincinnati State Programs Eligible for COF

  • Associate of Science (concentration biology, chemistry, math, physics)
  • Audio/Video Production
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Chemical Technology
  • CPDM – Computer Information Systems Major
  • CPDM – Computer Software Development Major
  • CPDM – Software Engineering Technology Major
  • Computer Network Administration
  • Computer Network Administration – Computer Support Major
  • Computer Network Engineering Technology
  • Computer Network Engineering Tech – Cyber Security Major
  • Civil Engineering Technology – Architectural Major
  • Civil Engineering Technology – Construction Major
  • Culinary & Food Science (applied bachelor’s degree)
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography – Cardiovascular
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography – General Imaging
  • Dietetic Technician
  • Electrical Engineering Technology – Biomedical Equipment Major
  • Electrical Engineering Tech – Electronics Systems Major
  • Electrical Engineering Tech – Power Systems Major
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineering Tech – Energy Major
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineering Tech – Laser Major
  • Environmental Engineering Technology
  • Environmental Engineering Tech – Stormwater Management Major
  • Environmental Engineering Tech – Water & Wastewater Major
  • Health Information Management Technology
  • Human and Social Services
  • Land Surveying Technician (associate’s degree)
  • Land Surveying (applied bachelor’s degree)
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology – Design
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology – Manufacturing Option
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Nursing
  • Nursing (LPN to RN Progression)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Pre-Nutrition Science
  • Respiratory Care Technology
  • Supply Chain Management Technology
  • Surgical Technology
  • Web and Multimedia Design
  • Welding

Scholarship Required Activities

During the first semester you are enrolled, COF students must complete

  • Cincinnati State New Student Orientation (online activity, completed via MyCState)

Each semester

  • Meet with academic advisor


  • Contact with Cincinnati State representatives for Choose Ohio First
  • Participation in State of Ohio requirements for Choose Ohio First

Work-Based Learning

  • Please consult your academic advisor about the appropriate time to complete this requirement as part of your academic program at Cincinnati State

Scholarship Obligations

When you submit the scholarship application, you are agreeing to meet the following requirements if selected for a Choose Ohio First Scholarship at Cincinnati State:

1.  Show continued progress toward completion of a STEMM program.

2.  Understand that changes to your academic program may result in a loss of scholarship funds.

3.  Maintain a 3.0 GPA, and if your GPA falls below 3.0, agree to work with and provide documentation of academic support plan.  This plan will be developed with either an academic advisor or program chair.  A final copy of the support plan will be given to the Choose Ohio First representative at Cincinnati State.

4.  Understand that the Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program is not based on financial need and is not refundable. Amounts of awards are based on the student meeting eligibility criteria and availability of funds. Scholarship funds are to be used to defray tuition, fees, and required books not covered by other financial aid (Pell Grant or SEOG), and will be applied before any Cincinnati State scholarship.

5.  Participate in surveys regarding the Choose Ohio First Scholarship program with an understanding that these surveys will not identify the student and cannot be used against the student.

6.  Maintain Ohio residency.

7.  Participate in educational and mentoring meetings, peer tutoring, mandatory academic advising, learning communities, and any other Choose Ohio First cohort activities.

8.  Participate in Work-Based Learning opportunities as part of my degree completion.

Choose Ohio First Application

Apply Now for the 2024-25 academic year.


For more information about the Choose Ohio First Scholarship program contact:
Office of Financial Aid
(513) 569-1530


For more information about scholarships and the scholarship application process visit our Scholarships page.