Workforce Training for Ohio’s STEMM Industries

Choose Ohio First

Our program provides scholarships for students in the new applied STEMM degree concentrations of Industrial Chemistry and Liquid Crystal Engineering, as well as closely related Chemistry and Physics major concentrations.

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. Michael Tubergen, If you are interested in a Choose Ohio First Scholarship for the Master’s program in Liquid Crystal Engineering, please contact Dr. Robin Selinger (


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) or new graduate students in the Liquid Crystal Engineering Master's program 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 Industrial Chemistry, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Physics, or be an entering graduate student in the Liquid Crystal Engineering Master's program.

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.

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