Department of Physics and Astronomy

Choose Ohio First for Physics & Astronomy (COFPA)

Choose Ohio FirstChoose Ohio First Scholarship Program

Participating Institution: Physics and Astronomy at The University of Toledo

The COFPA scholarship is a match only scholarship where a student can receive a maximum award of about $7000 per year. The COFPA award amount has to be matched with some other scholarship that the awardee has already received from the University of Toledo. It is therefore important that information about your scholarship be accurate and only the amount for the 2020-2021 academic year be considered. The match could be a fellowship, stipend, tuition scholarship or other forms. It could be need-based or merit-based.

Any undergraduate student enrolled full time at the University of Toledo (UT) in Fall 2020 semester may apply for the COFPA scholarship provided all the following additional eligibility criteria are met:

  1. The applicant must be a US citizen and a resident of Ohio.
  2. Fall 2020 must be the first semester of the applicant as a full-time student at UT. Applicants may include incoming freshmen or transfer students.
  3. Transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the earlier institution from where they transferred.
  4. For students straight from high school, a minimum GPA of 3.0 in high school is needed.
  5. Students must have a declared major of BS or BA in Physics or Astronomy at the time of receiving the scholarship. Dual majors may apply provided one of the majors is Physics or Astronomy.


If you meet all of the eligibility criteria, please fill out this form (Word, PDF). Once your application is complete save it as a single PDF file and send it to The subject line of your email should be “Student first and last name: COFPA application”. The application deadline is the 8th of August 2020.

To complete your application, please request a letter of recommendation from a person familiar with your abilities, as a student, to be sent separately to the The subject line of the letter of recommendation should be “Student first and last name: COFPA scholarship letter”.

The application deadline is the 8th of August 2020. Applications received by the deadline will receive full consideration. Late applications will be considered if there are un-awarded funds.

Grant Administration

Principal Investigator
Prof. Sanjay Khare
Office: MH 2025
Phone: 419.530.4906
Fax: 419.530.2723
Mail Stop: 111

Co-Principal Investigator
Research Prof. Richard Irving
Office: MH 2010
Phone: 419.530.2589
Fax: 419.530.2723
Mail Stop: 111

Last Updated: 8/1/20