Applications for Fall 2022-Spring 2023 open February 1st, 2022 and will be reviewed on a first-come basis for a limited number of scholarships.

What is Choose Ohio First?

Choose Ohio First at Kent State University is a scholarship opportunity for Ohio residents offered to new Kent State students with motivation for STEM education and engaging in work-based learning experiences.

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  • Internships and Research

    Internships and Research

    We aim for all students to participate in work-based learning experiences like internships and research lab experiences to connect them to full-time employment opportunities.

  • Speaker Events

    Speaker Events

    Recent alumni, industry speakers or faculty highlight various STEM careers, present their own research and/or promote potential internship opportunities while sharing their own experiences.

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Contact Us

All new students who have been admitted for the upcoming semester and are interested in a Choose Ohio First scholarship are encouraged to contact our Program Director (Dr. Lique Coolen) with any inquiries.

Please send all general questions regarding COF scholarships to

Program Director

Dr. Lique Coolen (Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Professor, Department of Biological Sciences)