About Us

Our Purpose

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The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program provides support to Ohio residents who wish to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine (STEM). The state of Ohio, recognizing that a workforce trained in these areas is essential for strengthening our economy, has created this program to provide tuition support to Ohio residents pursuing STEM degrees. One key aspect of the academic programs included in the COF program is the requirement for experiential learning through work-based learning experiences to prepare the students for their future career and/or advanced study.

Our Vision

Our overall vision is to be a community of change agents whose collective commitment to learning sparks epic thinking, meaningful voice and invaluable outcomes to better our society. This vision is supported by our core values to provide life-changing educational experiences for students with wide-ranging talents and aspirations issued through a distinctive blend of teaching, research and creative excellence.

Our Mission

In support of Kent State University's "Student First" approach, the Choose Ohio First program strives to provide an inclusive and engaged living-learning environment where all students thrive, and graduate as informed citizens committed to a life of impact. We have implemented numerous initiatives to support student achievement and continue to enhance diversity and cultural competence of our students.