Choose Ohio First

CHOOSE OHIO FIRST SCHOLARSHIPS

Choose Ohio First is a state program that provides scholarships and educational opportunities for students who pursue science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health (STEM-H) related degrees at public colleges and universities in Ohio.

UToledo has facilitated Choose Ohio First scholarships for more than 750 undergraduate and graduate students since 2009.

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WHAT DOES SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDE?

  • A four-year, renewable tuition scholarship.
  • Built-in academic and career advising and mentoring to support your success.
  • Built-in work-based learning through an internship, co-op, research opportunity, or other career-related work experience.
  • Access to valuable professional development engagements through events, seminars, and workshops.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Incoming first-year and incoming transfer students who are:

  • Ohio residents.
  • U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent resident aliens.
  • Accepted into one of UToledo's eligible STEM-H undergraduate degree, graduate degree or certificate programs. 
 

Meet Jake Varner

'24, Information Technology

"I was so excited when I found out that I’d gotten the IMPRESS-C Scholarship, because it came out to almost full tuition when I combined it with a merit scholarship I had already received. That was a huge deal because that was something that was stressing me out. How am I going to pay for college? Am I going to have to take on debt?”

 

Awarded choose ohio first scholarships

The window to apply for a Choose Ohio First (COF) is currently closed as students have been selected for the 2024-2025 academic year. First year and transfer students accepted into select STEM-H programs at UToledo can apply for the 2025-2026 academic year during the fall 2024 semester. To receive an email when the applications for COF scholarships become available, please fill out this notification form.

Please note, the names used to identify the different COF scholarships (e.g., IMPRESS-C, TechWise, etc.) will be phased out over the next few years. Moving forward, all scholarships will be referred to as Choose Ohio First.

IMPROVING RETENTION AND STUDENT SUCCESS IN COMPUTING (IMPRESS-C)

Who is eligible for the COF IMPRESS-C scholarship?

First-time freshmen and transfer students who have:

  • Been accepted into one of the following UToledo programs:
    • Computer Science and Engineering
    • Computer Science and Engineering Technology
    • Information Technology
  • GPA or test scores
    • First-year applicants in Computer Science and Engineering Technology or Information Technology: Minimum high school GPA of 3.5 AND minimum ACT composite score of 25
    • First-year applicants in Computer Science and Engineering: Minimum high school GPA of 3.75 AND minimum ACT composite score of 28
    • Transfer students: Minimum higher education GPA of 3.0

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

  • 9 scholarships available each year
  • Up to $5,562 a year awarded for up to four years (eight semesters of full-time coursework)
  • This scholarship can be combined with UToledo merit scholarships. This means that some Choose Ohio First scholars will have full coverage of all tuition and student general fees.

The College of Engineering and UToledo's Jesup Scott Honors College are partners in this scholarship program. Scholarship recipients will be admitted to the Honors College, and will be able to take advantage of all the academic opportunities offered by the Honors College.

Note: Funding for the Choose Ohio First scholarships is provided by the State of Ohio. If the State of Ohio discontinues funding, this scholarship program will end immediately. 

HAVE QUESTIONS about impress-c?

Dr. Nasser Alaraje

Dr. Nasser Alaraje

Professor and Chair, Department of Engineering Technology
University of Toledo College of Engineering
419.530.3129
abdulnasser.alaraje@utoledo.edu

CHOOSE OHIO FOR DATA, ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY, entrepreneurialism AND SUSTAINABILITY (COD3ES)

Who is eligible for the COD3ES scholarship?

First-time freshmen and transfer students who have:

  • Been accepted into one of the following UToledo programs:
    • Biochemistry
    • Bioengineering
    • Biology
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Science and Engineering
    • Data Analytics
    • Data Science
    • Environmental Science
    • Environmental Studies
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Physics
  • GPA
    • First-year applicants: High school GPA of 2.5 or higher
    • Transfer students: Higher education GPA of 2.75 or higher

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

  • 14 scholarships available each year
  • Up to $5,700 a year awarded for up to four years (eight semesters of full-time coursework)
  • This scholarship can be combined with UToledo merit scholarships. This means that some Choose Ohio First scholars will have full coverage of all tuition and student general fees.

We want our scholarship recipients to make a positive impact in areas such as solar energy, water quality and sustainable technologies. They will have opportunities to:

  • Work or conduct research in the solar energy, water quality and sustainable technologies fields.
  • Complete advanced training in entrepreneurial-minded learning, equity training and leadership training.
  • Participation in design challenges to make our world more sustainable.

Note: Funding for the Choose Ohio First scholarships is provided by the State of Ohio. If the State of Ohio discontinues funding, this scholarship program will end immediately. 

HAVE QUESTIONS about cod3es?

Dr. Matthew Franchetti

Dr. Matthew Franchetti

Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
University of Toledo College of Engineering
419.530.8040
matthew.franchetti@utoledo.edu 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS THROUGH CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT, NETWORKING AND TRAINING (ASCENT)

Who is eligible for the ASCENT scholarship?

First-time freshmen and transfer students who have:

  • Been accepted into one of the following UToledo engineering programs:
    • Bioengineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Science and Engineering
    • Computer Science and Engineering Technology
    • Construction Engineering Technology
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering Technology
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.75 or higher

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

  • 8 scholarships available each year
  • Up to $7,000 a year awarded for up to four years (eight semesters of full-time coursework)
  • This scholarship can be combined with UToledo merit scholarships. This means that some Choose Ohio First ASCENT scholars will have full coverage of all tuition and student general fees.

Employers that we interact with express a desire to diversify their workforces to remain globally competitive. They are especially interested in engaging with talented underrepresented minority students and those from other marginalized populations.

The College of Engineering also understands the importance of diversity in engineering and technology.

We encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM — including women and first-generation students — to apply for the Choose Ohio First scholarship.

Note: Funding for the Choose Ohio First scholarships is provided by the State of Ohio. If the State of Ohio discontinues funding, this scholarship program will end immediately. 

HAVE QUESTIONS about ascent?

Bryan Bosch, Diversity Manager

Bryan Bosch

Manager of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement
College of Engineering
419. 530.8038

bryan.bosch@utoledo.edu

 

Dr. Lesley Berhan, associate professor and associate dean of diversity

Lesley Berhan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement
College of Engineering
419.530.8200

lesley.berhan@utoledo.edu 

CHOOSE OHIO FOR Technical Workforce in STEM Education (Techwise)

Who is eligible For the TechWise scholarship?

First-time freshmen and transfer students who have:

  • Been accepted into one of the following UToledo programs:
    • Construction Engineering Technology 
    • Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design 
    • Data Analytics 
    • Data Science 
    • Electrical Engineering Technology 
    • Geography 
    • Health Care Administration and Compliance 
    • Health Information Administration 
    • Health Sciences 
    • Information Systems 
    • Mathematics 
    • Mechanical Engineering Technology 
    • Medicinal and Biological Chemistry 
    • Neuroscience 
    • Operations & Supply Chain Management 
    • Pharmaceutics 
    • Pharmacology-Toxicology 
    • Pharmacy (Doctor of Pharmacy)* 
    • Pharmacy Administration 
    • Physics 
    • Public Health 
    • Radiation Therapy 
    • Recreational Therapy 
    • Respiratory Care 
    • Speech Language Pathology 
  • GPA
    • First-year applicants: High school GPA of 2.5 or higher
    • Transfer students: Higher education GPA of 2.75 or higher

*Scholarships applies only through the P2 year, not at the graduate level.

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

  • 33 scholarships available each year
  • A minimum of $4,000 a year awarded for up to four years or eight semesters of full-time coursework
  • This scholarship can be combined with UToledo merit scholarships. This means that some Choose Ohio First scholars will have full coverage of all tuition and student general fees.

The goal of this program is to attract highly qualified students to specialized STEM degree programs that have high employer demand. Graduates of these disciplines have expertise that supports the technical requirements of Ohio’s growing employer base.  

We encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM — including women and first-generation students — to apply for the Choose Ohio First scholarship.

Note: Funding for the Choose Ohio First scholarships is provided by the State of Ohio. If the State of Ohio discontinues funding, this scholarship program will end immediately. 

Scholarship Terms and Conditions

  • This award may only be applied to undergraduate tuition and fees.
  • If a recipient decides to change their major to a program that’s not eligible under their Choose Ohio First scholarship program, funding will be discontinued immediately.
  • Funding for the Choose Ohio First Program is provided by the State of Ohio.  If the State of Ohio discontinues funding, this scholarship program will end immediately.
  • There may be additional requirements based on the program. You should refer to your original award letter or contact the program coordinator with questions.
choose ohio first professional development

Choose Ohio First scholarship recipients will engage in an array of professional development activities and events throughout the year. As scholars pursue their academic degrees they can build relationships with other COF scholars, provide peer-mentorship, and engage with faculty, staff, and other members of the COF community through these events.

Learn more about cOF professional development


HAVE QUESTIONS?

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Scott Molitor, Ph.D. (he/him/his)

Choose Ohio First Director

 

Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
419.530.2738
scott.molitor@utoledo.edu

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Melissa Oddo

Choose Ohio First Project Manager

 

Program Manager for Student Success
Rocket Hall 1332
419.530.2745
melissa.oddo@utoledo.edu

 

Last Updated: 6/10/24