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

Local Scholarship Opportunities

  • 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. Applications are due March 27, 2023.

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.

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