A scholarship is financial aid that assists students with paying for their education that does not have to be repaid.

Thanks to the generosity of our many donors, Central Ohio Technical can offer more than 80 different scholarships totaling over $1 million dollars each year. COTC scholarships are available to recent high school graduates, new, current, and returning students.  Students new to COTC should submit their high school transcripts and/or previous college transcripts as soon as possible.

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 institution.

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


Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) Scholarship Opportunities

COTC offers over $1 million in scholarships annually.

The scholarship directory lists all institutional scholarships currently offered by COTC.

Scholarships that call for students to demonstrate financial need require the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  

Some COTC scholarships require a separate application (in addition to FAFSA). A list of these opportunities can be found in the scholarship directory. 

Contact the office of Student Financial Services with questions or for assistance:


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. 

Local Scholarship Opportunities

The Columbus Foundation

Nursing Scholarships Information

The Coshocton Foundation

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

The Knox County Community Foundation

  • The Knox County Foundation is offering a Career and Technical Education Scholarship for Knox County residents to pursue career preparation. Current and prospective COTC students who are Knox County residents should consider applying for the Career and Technical Education Scholarship. Scholarships are available to both high school seniors and adults wishing to complete a certification program of two years or less through an accredited vocational school, technical school, community college or junior college institution.
  • The Knox County Foundation also offers a Universal Scholarship for students attending or planning to attend a two or four year college. 

The Licking County Foundation

Knox Community Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Opportunity

  • Healthcare scholarships are available to Knox County residents with a high school (or equivalent) diploma or current high school seniors 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.