Choose Ohio First Scholarship


The Choose Ohio First (COF) Scholarship is a State of Ohio initiative designed to strengthen Ohio’s competitiveness within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. 

Students applying to COTC’s nursing and allied health programs may apply to receive a $1,500 COF scholarship per semester, which is renewable until program completion. Scholarships are limited and awarded based on academic achievement. COF scholarships may be used in addition to other scholarships and grants to pay for tuition, fees and college expenses. 

Who Can Apply

    To be eligible for a scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

    • You are an Ohio resident.
    • You are accepted and enrolled as a COTC student in one of the eligible programs listed below.
    • You are beginning your first term in the eligible program.
    • You are new to the program of study at COTC (this this includes students currently enrolled in a non-STEM program who decide to transfer/change majors into a STEM program).

    If you are awarded a scholarship, you must agree to the following requirements:

    • Maintain at least part-time status (six credit hours).
    • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
    • Participate in education and mentoring meetings.
    • Meet regularly with your academic advisor.

    Eligible Programs

    Scholarships are available to eligible degree-seeking students enrolled in the college’s nursing and allied healthcare programs. Eligible programs include:

    How to Apply

    Eligible programs are selective, competitive programs. To be admitted, you must submit a free application for admission and a healthcare program application (see program webpage for details or contact The Gateway Enrollment Center). 

    The COF Scholarship is included on your healthcare program application. Select the box next to “Click here if interested in being considered for the Choose Ohio First Scholarship.” There is no separate scholarship application, and recipients will be selected based on information submitted with your program application. 


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    phone: 740.366.9435

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