Choose Ohio First

CHOOSE OHIO FIRST SCHOLARSHIPS

Choose Ohio First is a state program that provides scholarships and educational opportunities to students who pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-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
  • Support services, such as built-in academic and career advising, mentoring, seminars and events
  • A required work-based learning experience, such as an internship, co-op, research or other work experience

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 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?”


Information for Engineering and Environmental Science Programs

Improving Retention and Student Success in Computing (IMPRESS-C)
Available for Students in These Programs: 

    • Computer Science and Engineering
    • Computer Science and Engineering Technology
    • Information Technology

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
February 23, 2024

Choose Ohio for Data, Environment, Energy, Entrepreneurialism and Sustainability (COD3ES)
Available for Students in These Programs: 

    • Biochemistry 
    • Bioengineering 
    • Biology  
    • Chemical Engineering  
    • Chemistry 
    • Civil Engineering 
    • Computer Science and Engineering 
    • Data Analytics
  • Data Science 
  • Environmental Engineering 
  • Environmental Science  
  • Environmental Studies 
  • Mathematics 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Physics 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 17, 2024

Choose Ohio First - Academic Success through Corporate Engagement, Networking and Training (COF-ASCENT)
Available for Students in These Programs: 

    • Bioengineering 
    • Chemical Engineering 
    • Civil Engineering 
    • Computer Science and Engineering 
    • Computer Science and Engineering Technology 
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Electrical Engineering Technology 
  • Environmental Engineering 
  • Mechanical Engineering  
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 17, 2024 at 5:00 pm EST 

Information for Other STEM Discliplines

COF-Technical Workforce in STEM Education (TechWISE)
Available for Students in These 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 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
February 15, 2024

Scholarship Terms and Conditions

  • This award may be applied to only 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.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

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

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

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Melissa Oddo

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

 

Last Updated: 1/2/24