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IMProving REtention and Student Success in Computing - COF-IMPRESS-C


 Project duration: January 2020 – December 2024
Application Deadline: March 25, 2022


The College of Engineering at The University of Toledo has received a grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education to begin addressing the need in the State of Ohio for a highly-trained computing workforce with baccalaureate degrees. The five-year Choose Ohio First– IMProving Retention and Student Success in Computing (COF-IMPRESS-C) 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 $5,562 per funded year. 

In year 2, a total of up to 9 first-time students and community college transfer students in computer science and related fields will be supported with scholarships for up to four years contingent upon continued funding from the State of Ohio.  The project brings together the University of Toledo’s programs in computing offered through its College of Engineering and UToledo’s Jesup Scott Honors College, an inclusive college designed around high-impact educational practices.

The College of Engineering targeted computing majors are:

  • Computer Science and Engineering Technology (CSET)

  • Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)

  • Information Technology (ITCE)

Acceptance to the COF-IMPRESS-C program includes admission to The University of Toledo, Jesup Scott Honors College, an innovative and inclusive honors program designed around high-impact educational practices.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Citizenship: Each applicant must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident alien, and a resident of Ohio.

  • Academic Test Scores or GPA:  First-year students applying for admission must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher, an ACT Composite score of 25 or greater for CSET and ITCE, OR a high school GPA of 3.75 or higher, an ACT Composite score of 28 or greater for CSE program, community college transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

  • Both first-year and transfer students will be required to submit: 
    1. a personal statement (up to 2,500, approximately 200 words) to describe their career goals and why they should be considered for the Choose Ohio First scholarship    
    2. have a teacher provide a letter of recommendation
           a. letter for first-year applicants must come from a high school math or science teacher
           b. letter for transfer applicants must come from a professor within a respective department/program of your major 

Apply Online

COF-IMPRESS-C scholarship applications can be submitted online. The online application is designed for both first-year and transfer students. Please see COF-IMPRESS-C Scholarship Application for the link to apply.  The  COF-IMPRESS-C page Scholarship Committee will select the  COF-IMPRESS-C page Scholars from the pool of students who submit their applications before the deadline.  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 COF-IMPRESS-C 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 COF-IMPRESS-C scholarship program, please contact:

Dr. Nasser Alaraje
Professor and Chair
Department of Engineering Technology

University of Toledo College of Engineering
1600 North Engineering MS 402
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo OH 43606-3390
(419) 530-3129
(419) 530-3068 (fax) 

Last Updated: 11/29/21