More than $1.3 million in scholarships available annually.


A scholarship is financial aid that assists students with paying for their education that does not have to be repaid. COTC scholarships are available to recent high school graduates and new, current and returning students.

Most scholarships are awarded based on the information you provide when you apply to COTC, but some scholarships require a student to submit a separate application each year. Our scholarship directory makes it easy to find which scholarships require a separate application to be considered. The scholarship directory also showcases the generosity of our donors and all the scholarships COTC offers.

browse and apply for scholarships

Generally, scholarships are automatically offered to students with special qualifications such as academic success, specified majors, county/city of residence and financial need. Interested applicants should complete the current academic year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have an admissions application on file with the college. Students new to COTC should submit their high school transcripts and/or previous college transcripts as soon as possible.

Other scholarships are set up to support specific criteria such as community service or leadership qualities. These scholarships require the student to submit separate applications, which become available in January each year with a due date of March 15.


Office of Student Financial Services 
Phone: 740.366.943


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. 


College Credit Plus Scholarship

This scholarship was established by COTC as an opportunity for College Credit Plus (CCP) students to continue taking classes at COTC after high school graduation. Students can be awarded $1,500 for two semesters each academic year for a total annual award of $3,000. 


Additional Scholarship Opportunities

If you receive an award from any outside sources, you or your donor should notify Student Financial Services. Federal regulations require that external scholarships be considered part of a student’s overall financial aid package, which cannot exceed the cost of attendance. Once payment from an external scholarship is applied, your financial aid package may be revised to include the amount of the scholarship.

External Scholarship Opportunities

The Columbus Foundation

Apply for more than 100 scholarships listed in The Columbus Foundation’s online scholarship directory.

The Coshocton Foundation

Scholarships are available to seniors graduating from Coshocton, River View, Ridgewood, Career Center, Coshocton Christian and Tri-Valley high schools as well as home-schooled students.

COTC Promise: COTC offers the COTC Promise to residents of Coshocton County in partnership with The Coshocton County Foundation’s Clarence and Grace Miller Scholarship endowment.

The Knox County Community Foundation

Career and Technical Education Scholarship: Scholarships are provided to students who are attending, or will attend, an occupational training program of two-years or less at an accredited vocational school, technical school, community college or junior college.

Universal Scholarship: Scholarships are provided to students attending or planning to attend a fully accredited two-year or four-year postsecondary institution, or those enrolled in medical school. Students must be enrolled full time to receive a scholarship.

The Licking County Foundation

The Licking County Foundation offers more than 100 different scholarship funds for students seeking to continue their education through two- or four-year college degree programs; graduate degree programs; or occupational, technical or general education certificate programs.

Knox Community Hospital Auxiliary

The Auxiliary has established healthcare scholarships available to Knox County residents with a high school or equivalent diploma, or current high school seniors of a Knox County school, who are pursuing or plan to pursue an undergraduate degree in the healthcare field.

Licking/Knox Goodwill

Licking/Knox Goodwill employees in good standing and residents of Licking or Knox County with a disability or a barrier to higher education are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted during two scholarship application cycles annually. Applicants must create an account to complete the application online.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Many churches, professional, civic, or service organizations, private foundations, the military and others offer scholarships. COTC does not post individual external scholarship opportunities but here are a few free scholarship search engines to get you started. COTC does not endorse, control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of this information.