Applications open in February 2024.

How Do I Apply?

Eligible admitted students to four-year undergraduate degrees will receive an email with application instructions.

You will apply for the Choose Ohio First Scholarship in your applicant portal.

We encourage you to apply soon as funds are limited, and the selection process is competitive.


New Award Starting Fall 2024

We were recently awarded a new Choose Ohio First program for Associate Degrees offered on the Regional Campuses. Information for eligible students starting in Fall 2024 will soon be updated on this page.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Ohio resident and U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Major in one of Kent State’s eligible STEM majors (see here for a complete list of majors
  • First year students, transfer students (first time degree-seeking at Kent State University) or students declaring an eligible major for the first time
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (high school or undergraduate)
  • Former College Credit Plus students are welcome to apply
  • Undergraduate or graduate Ohio residents or Ohio residents returning to Ohio for graduate school after completing undergraduate studies in other states or countries are eligible to apply
  • First-generation and underrepresented students are strongly encouraged to apply

Application Information

  • Scholarships are limited and competitive and applications will be reviewed on a first-come basis
  • Application requires completion of one short essay questions describing motivation for major and internship or research experiences
  •  Acceptance of scholarship commits the student to:
    • Engaging in at least one work-based learning experience (research, co-op, internship)
    • Participating in monthly career preparation workshops and Choose Ohio First group social events
    • Meeting regularly with faculty leaders in their majors for additional advising and mentoring
    • Completing progress reports each semester