Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program at UT

Previous Programs


 BOSEF: Building Ohio's Sustainable Energy Future

Building Ohio’s Sustainable Energy Future (BOSEF) supports undergraduate and graduate students preparing for careers in renewable energy and environmental sciences fields. Organized on a learning community model, BOSEF seeks to foster the COF goal of preparing Ohio’s future workforce by engaging students in group research projects focused on the environmental and energy issues facing our region. BOSEF is a joint program with Bowling Green State University and collaborative gatherings of students from both campuses are held on a monthly basis.


 Geoffrey Martin, Ph.D.
 Assoc. Prof. Mathematics
 Natural Sciences and Mathematics

 COFFEE: Choose Ohio First for Engineering Entrepreneurship

The primary objective of COFFEE is to increase the number of Ohio engineering and science graduates, equipped with the entrepreneurial training and co-op experiences needed to translate their innovative ideas into economic growth for Ohio companies in high-tech industries that are important to the State’s future.


 Scott Molitor, Ph.D.
 Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
 College of Engineering


 PSM in Photovoltaics

The COF scholarships are designed for Ohio students. We are offering 3 scholarships for students joining in fall 2014. For a bright future in developing Ohio’s renewable energy future through solar photovoltaic (PV) energy, consider this premier program. You will learn the theory and experimental techniques of PV, take classes in physics and business, receive training in laboratories exploring PV technology and learn to make technical professional presentations. A 24 week internship in a company setting will be a capstone experience. We welcome applicants with degrees in all physical sciences and engineering fields. We have a strong placement record for our graduates.


 Sanjay Khare, Ph.D.

 Professor and Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
 College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

 BS in Biology/MS in Bioinformatics Pipeline 

Bioinformatics is the use of computer-based methods to make sense of biological data, such as the increasing flood of human genome sequences. This program combines the required biology background and advanced training in bioinformatics from the usual ~6 to ~5 years total for the two degrees, and Choose Ohio First funds cover the full tuition costs of junior, senior, and graduate terms for awardees. The program goal is to help ensure that Ohio students are available to fill the rapidly-growing demand for bioinformatics expertise.


 Robert Blumenthal, PhD. 
 Distinguished University Professor, Director, Bioinformatics  -Proteomics/Genomics Program
 Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
 College of Medicine & Life Sciences

 Ohio Consortium for Bioinformatics (MS or PSM in Bioinformatics)

Bioinformatics is the use of computer-based methods to make sense of biological data, such as the increasing flood of human genome sequences. The program goal is to help ensure that Ohio students are available to fill the rapidly-growing demand for bioinformatics expertise. Choose Ohio First funds cover the full graduate tuition costs for awardees, who can enter either of two tracks. One, leading to the MS degree, is for those going into research or further graduate training and includes a research project. The second, leading to the PSM (professional science masters), is for those planning on careers in the biotechnology sector of industry, and includes an internship and some business courses. Either degree is appropriate for those planning further professional training.


 Robert Blumenthal, Ph.D. 

 Distinguished University Professor, Director, Bioformatics - Proteomics/Genomics Program
 Department of Medical Microbiology
 College of Medicine & Life Sciences

 Primary Care Scholarships - Nursing (PCMH)

Designed for students in the family nurse practitioner or pediatric nurse practitioner primary care tracks. Recipients of the scholarship will be awarded $10,000 to be split between two semesters to be used for tuition and fees. There have been 11 scholarships awarded in academic year 2012-2014. The students have priority placements in PCMH when possible. The curriculum for COF students has been developed and implemented in the Spring semester 2014. The curriculum centers on the Patient Centered Medical Home content.


 Linda Lewandowski
 Professor and Dean
 College of Nursing

 Primary Care Scholarships - Medicine (PCMH)

In 2013 the initial scholarship was developed with requirements that College of Medicine students must go into a primary care residency (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics), remain in Ohio upon completion of residency and have Medicare patients in practice. 4 students were selected by the College of Medicine Scholarship Committee; 1 graduated June 2013 – Family Medicine Residency Toledo, Ohio. The 2014 scholarship round garnered 14 applications. 4 students were selected by the College of Medicine Scholarship Committee. 2 students scheduled to graduate May 2014 – both Pediatric residency, Akron and Toledo, Ohio.


 Paul Schafer, M.D., Ph.D.

 Associate Dean, Student Affairs and Admission
 Family Medicine
 College of Medicine & Life Sciences

 Dawn Durivage
 Assistant Director
 Student Affairs

 Actuarial Sciences

Zhiwei Chen

Associate Lecturer
College of Natural Sciences

 Pharma BS

James Slama
Professor and Director of BSPS
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

 WWF: Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to transition into teaching careers in Ohio's high-need secondary schools. Those students receiving the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship will be accepted into the Accelerated Licensure And Master's Program (LAMP) starting in August, providing the candidate has a received a passing score on the appropriate content exam as specified by the Ohio Department of Education in the content area for which they are seeking licensure.


 Virginia Keil, Ph.D.
 Executive Associate Dean/Associate Professor
 Judith Herb College of Education

 UT3: UToledo.UTeach.UTouch the Future 

 UT3 is the only program in Northwest Ohio that recruits, prepares, and supports science and mathematics  teachers to teach specifically in high need schools, where there is a nationwide shortage of qualified  teachers. UT3 offers students’ academic, financial, and professional support, which provides them with the  foundation to become exemplary teachers. UT3 Ended on Sept 30, 2010


 Virginia Keil, Ph.D. 
 Executive Associate Dean
 Judith Herb College of Education



Last Updated: 1/25/21