Choose Ohio First


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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  • 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


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 Systems

"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?”


Choose Ohio First Scholarships Are Available For Students In These Programs:

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering Technology
  • Construction Engineering Technology
  • Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
  • Health Care Administration and Compliance
  • Health Information Administration
  • Health Sciences
    Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • 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

Information for Other STEM Disciplines

Scholarship Details

  • 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.
  • Scholarship recipients will engage in a variety of activities based on their major.

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.

Application Deadline

Feb. 15, 2024

How to Apply

Applicants must submit:

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.


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

Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Melissa Oddo

Program Manager for Student Success
University Hall 5120C
Phone: 419.530.2745


Last Updated: 11/20/23