Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program at UT

Choose Ohio for Data, Environment, Energy, Entrepreneurialism and Sustainability (COD3ES)

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Project duration:
 August 2021 – July 2026
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022


The University of Toledo is excited to announce that we received a grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education to increase the number of graduates equipped with the entrepreneurial training needed to translate innovative ideas in the solar, water quality, and sustainable technology sectors into economic growth for the State of Ohio. The five-year Choose Ohio for Data, Environment, Energy, Entrepreneurialism and Sustainability (COD3ES) scholarship program project provides financial support and an ecosystem of high-impact curricular and co-curricular activities to increase the success of academically talented students. Each scholarship amounts up to $5,700 per year for up to four years. 

A total of 14 students per year will be awarded the scholarship each year and they will gain work experience or research opportunities in the solar energy, water quality, and sustainable technologies fields.  The students will also be given advanced training in entrepreneurial minded learning (EML), equity training, leadership training, and participate in design challenges to make our world more sustainable. 

This program is a collaboration between the College of Engineering, The College of Natural Science and Mathematics, and the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Toledo.  Majors that can have a positive impact in the areas, such as solar energy, water quality, and sustainable technologies fields are encouraged to apply to the program.  These targeted majors are:

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


  • Citizenship: Each applicant must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident alien and a resident of Ohio.
  • Major: First-year and transfer students must be accepted into one or more of the majors listed above.
  • Academic GPA:  First-year students applying for admission must have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher.  Transfer students must have a higher education GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Both first-year and transfer students will be required to submit: 
    1. An online application form
    2. A personal statement (up to 500 words) on your interest in Data, Environment, Energy, Entrepreneurialism or Sustainability, and how this program can enhance your chosen career.     


COD3ES scholarship applications can be submitted online. The online application is designed for both first-year and transfer students. Please see COD3ES Scholarship Application for the link to apply.  The COD3ES Scholarship Committee will select the COD3ES Scholars from the pool of students who submit their application before the deadline, which is Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 5 pm.  Although selections are made on merit and not financial need, applicants must also submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before awards are made.

Note that funding for the COD3ES Scholarship is provided by the State of Ohio. If the State of Ohio discontinues funding, this scholarship program will end immediately.  For questions about the COD3ES scholarship program, please contact:

Dr. Matthew Franchetti
Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
University of Toledo College of Engineering
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo OH 43606-3390
(419) 530-8040 


Last Updated: 11/1/21