College of Engineering Office of Undergraduate Studies

Choose Ohio First For Engineering Entrepreneurship (COFFEE) Scholarship

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The University of Toledo College of Engineering has been awarded a major grant from the State of Ohio to sponsor up to fifty (50) Choose Ohio First for Engineering Entrepreneurship (COFFEE) Scholarships for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 academic year.  Awards of up to $7,000 per year ($3,500 per semester) will be made to cover the cost of tuition and fees for Ohio residents.  Students must live on campus to receive the full $7,000.  Other scholarship funds in excess of tuition and fees can then be applied to the cost of on-campus housing and meal plans.  COFFEE scholars that do not live on campus will receive an amount less than $7,000 that covers only the cost of tuition and fees when combined with other scholarship awards.

COFFEE Scholarships are being used to recruit and support engineering students who will receive an excellent technical education, supplemented by completion of one of two minors offered by the University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation. These minors include a Minor in Entrepreneurship, Family and Small Business, or a Minor in Professional Sales. Students will apply their new knowledge immediately through co-op experiences in growing Ohio businesses. Our Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program is funded by the State of Ohio with the objective of increasing the number of engineering graduates, and retaining them in the state, equipped with the entrepreneurial and sales training needed to support economic growth for Ohio.

The COFFEE team is led by the University of Toledo and includes Lorain County Community College. Key agency partners include the Launchpad Incubation center, Toledo Public Schools and the Believe in Ohio program. In addition, a host of public and private employers will provide advice, entrepreneur-mentors and co-op employment to scholarship recipients.

More than 200 students have participated in the COFFEE program since the first class of COFFEE scholars was recruited to the University of Toledo College of Engineering in Fall 2009.  Over 90 COFFEE scholars have completed their Engineering degrees with entrepreneurial training; 70% of these graduates pursuing STEM careers or advanced STEM degrees in Ohio.  Another 90 COFFEE scholars are currently enrolled and pursuing their Engineering degrees with training in entrepreneurship or professional sales.

The COFFEE Scholarship program encompasses diverse fields across the breadth of engineering that are important to Ohio's economy. The students receive both educational and experiential elements throughout their degree programs. They receive mentoring and encouragement to commercialize their innovations. Scholarship recipients develop a personal entrepreneurship professional development plan in their first year, under the direction of an experienced entrepreneur-mentor. The students' plans have milestones that include educational elements embedded in the curricula, a timeline for courses and/or work experiences to meet program criteria, and participation in curricular and extracurricular activities related to entrepreneurship and commercialization.

To receive a COFFEE scholarship, those students who are selected must: be an Ohio resident and have graduated from an Ohio high school; maintain full-time enrollment (12 - 18 credit hours) in an Engineering Science (ES) or Engineering Technology (ET) major at the University of Toledo; complete the Entrepreneurship, Family and Small Business Minor (EFSB) or Professional Sales (PSLS) minor with the College of Business and Innovation; and complete a minimum of three semesters in the Engineering Co-op program.

Contingent upon continued funding from the State of Ohio, these scholarships are renewable for a total of 8 semesters with continued full-time enrollment in an approved ES or ET major and subject to progress toward the benchmarks listed in the table below. The scholarship will be revoked if a student fails to maintain their full-time enrollment with the University of Toledo College of Engineering, or fails to meet the benchmarks outlined below.

1st year
  • Complete BIOE, CHEE, CIVE, EECS, ENGT or MIME 1000
  • Participate in Design Club and/or 1st Year Design poster presentation
  • Declare EFSB or PSLS minor with the College of Business & Innovation
  • Declare participation in co-op program (ET majors only)
  • Complete Professional Development course (CHEE, CIVE, EECS or MIME majors only)
  • Complete 1st year with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
2nd year
  • Complete Professional Development course (BIOE or ENGT majors only)
  • Actively search for and/or complete 1st co-op
  • Complete (ACTG 1040 or BUAD 2040) and EFSB 3500 (EFSB minors)
  • Complete (ECON 1150, ECON 1200 or MIME 2600) and PSLS 3440 (PSLS minors)
  • Complete 2nd year with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
3rd year
  • Complete 1st co-op; actively search for and/or complete 2nd co-op
  • Complete EFSB 3480 and EFSB 4010 (EFSB minors only)
  • Complete BUAD 3010 and PSLS 3450 (PSLS minors only)
  • Complete 3rd year with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
4th year
  • Complete 2nd co-op; actively search for and/or complete 3rd co-op
  • Complete EFSB 4590 and EFSB elective (EFSB minors only)
  • Complete PSLS 4740 and PSLS elective (PSLS minors only)
  • Complete 4th year with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Complete three semesters of co-op
  • Complete Engineering degree program
  • Complete EFSB or PSLS minor
  • Graduate with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

Recipients are selected from highly qualified candidates admitted to selected engineering programs at the University of Toledo. Please see COFFEE Scholarship Application for the link to apply.  The COFFEE Scholarship Committee will select the COFFEE Scholars from the pool of students who submit their application before the deadline, which is Friday February 28, 2020 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.

The COFFEE scholarship program is intended to attract and retain the brightest graduates from Ohio high schools as they become engaged in the commercialization of new innovations in Ohio. The improved collaboration between Ohio technology companies and university students and researchers will enhance the climate of innovation and commercialization needed for economic growth and attract an entrepreneurial technical workforce back to Ohio. At the conclusion of the scholarship program, a new, lasting program and culture of entrepreneurship will remain to benefit future graduates of engineering and the sciences from Ohio institutions.

Note that funding for the COFFEE 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 COFFEE scholarship program, please contact:

Dr. Scott Molitor
Professor of Bioengineering
Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

The University of Toledo College of Engineering
Office of the Dean
2801 W. Bancroft St. - MS 310
Nitschke Hall 5012F
Toledo, OH 43606-3390
(419) 530-8000


Last Updated: 6/25/20