Career Pathways in STEM-Life Sciences: Advancing the human condition with technology

Choose Ohio FIrst

Our program provides scholarships for students in the Biotechnology, Medical Technology, and Environmental and Conservation Biology majors.

Now available for transfer students (as well as incoming freshmen)!

We are now accepting applications for Choose Ohio First Scholarships for 2020 – 2021.  Scholarships will range between $1500 and $7000 annually.  Students selected to receive a scholarship are obligated to attend monthly activities each semester and travel to Columbus for the Choose Ohio First Showcase each Spring Semester (date to be announced annually).  Renewal is subject to continued eligibility, satisfactory progress towards degree completion, and full participation in Choose Ohio First Scholar activities.  Scholars must maintain a 3.0 GPA and remain registered for one of the supported major concentrations.

Review of applications will begin March 16, 2020.  Please direct any questions to Dr. Edgar E. Kooijman,


Choose Ohio First scholarship recipients must be Ohio residents. This scholarship may be awarded to Kent State University students registering for at least 12 credit hours per semester on the Kent Campus. Only incoming freshmen (2020-2021 academic year) and transfer students may apply. Incoming freshmen must be admitted to KSU and have a high-school GPA exceeding 3.0. Eligible students must have a declared major in Biotechnology, Medical Technology, or Environmental and Conservation Biology.

The scholarships are student-centered awards from the State of Ohio. All Choose Ohio First Scholarship awards are contingent upon funding provided by the Ohio Board of Regents to Kent State University.