A number of scholarships are available to you through the Board of Trustees, the College’s Foundation, and from outside contributors. Application procedures and deadlines vary. Many scholarship applications require you to write an essay. Tips for writing a scholarship essay are available from the Writing Center.
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Start Here Scholarship
Owens College Credit Plus (CCP) students have the unique opportunity to continue on the academic path they have started at Owens Community College to earn their associate degree or certificate and enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year college or university. The Start Here Scholarship will cover instructional fees for eligible students and is renewable if criteria are met. Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
To qualify for the Start Here Scholarship, students must:
- Be an Ohio resident for the duration of the scholarship.
- Be a high school senior graduating in spring (class of 2019 or later) who has earned at least nine credits at Owens through the CCP or Early Admit programs.
- Apply to Owens Community College, have an Owens cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher.
- Have a high school GPA of 2.75 or higher with an official transcript on file on or after January 1 of senior year.
- Submit a complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Owens for each academic year.
- Enroll in 15 credits for the fall semester immediately after high school graduation.
- Be a regular, admitted student with the intent to obtain a certificate or an associate degree for the duration of the scholarship.
- Students who qualify will automatically receive the scholarship to pay for instructional fees not covered by other aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant or other scholarships.
In addition to the requirements above, students must also meet the following to receive the scholarship in future semesters.
- Maintain an Owens cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.
- Earn a total of 27 credits at Owens during the semesters listed below.
- Spring 2019 high school graduates: Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020.
- Spring 2020 high school graduates: Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021.
- Spring 2021 high school graduates: Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022.
- Be continuously enrolled each semester, except for summer, which is optional.
For example, a Spring 2020 high school graduate would enroll in 15 credits for Fall 2020, 12 credits for Spring 2021, 12 credits for Summer 2021 (optional), and 9 or more credits for the remaining semesters.
Students whose academic program does not allow for the required hours of enrollment should contact their Advisor for assistance. In some cases, exceptions to eligibility criteria may be made. A request for an exception may be submitted by a student or by college staff.
- The scholarship ends after three years, or once the student has earned 64 credits at Owens.
- Start Here Scholars will receive priority registration for future semesters.
- Start Here Scholars will receive VIP access to Owens academic and student support services including special meeting times with advisors, Oserve representatives, tutoring mentors, and more.
The Start Here Scholarship covers instructional fees only. Students will be responsible for books, general fees and any additional fees depending on the chosen program of study.
Board of Trustees Scholarship
The Board of Trustees Scholarship is $1,000 per semester for up to four consecutive semesters. The scholarship begins in fall semester; summer enrollment is optional. All awards are based upon available funding.
Students who will be enrolling at Owens in the fall semester immediately after graduating from a high school in the Owens legal district, and who have a high school GPA of 3.7 or above, must submit official high school transcripts on or after January 1 of their senior year to be considered.
In addition, students who meet one of the following qualifications may apply for the scholarship by submitting the Board of Trustees Scholarship — Nomination Form.
- A high school senior attending a high school located in the Owens legal district, who has a high school GPA of 3.0 – 3.69, demonstrates student motivation, and enrolls in the fall semester immediately following high school graduation. The Owens legal district includes schools in Lucas, Wood, Hancock counties, as well as Benton-Carroll-Salem, Genoa, and Woodmore school districts.
- A high school graduate, who has not been in high school for at least one year, or a GED recipient (applicants may not have attended Owens for at least one year); resides in the Owens legal district (the Owens legal district includes Lucas, Wood, Hancock, and parts of Ottawa and Sandusky counties); demonstrates motivation through exceptional work or public/community service (including military service), academic performance, other demonstrated leadership, or other experience as related to a career path; and enrolls for the fall semester immediately following the award of the scholarship.
All recipients must meet the following criteria:
- Apply for admission to Owens as a regular student
- Pursue a degree or certificate with the intent to complete at Owens Community College
- Maintain full-time enrollment at a minimum of twelve credit hours each semester
- Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average to continue eligibility for each semester at Owens, for a maximum of four total consecutive semesters (summer optional)
College Foundation Scholarships
The Owens Community College Foundation offers a variety of scholarships through the generosity of businesses and individuals in the community.
Scholarship award notifications are generally made from mid-April to mid-May. Students who have not been awarded a scholarship by mid-May will be considered if additional funds become available at a later date. For more information on Foundation Scholarships, contact the Foundation Office at (567) 661-7603.
Class of 2020 Spring Start Scholarship
Owens Community College is offering members of the Class of 2020 the unique opportunity to continue their academic path at Owens with the Class of 2020 Spring Start Scholarship. View the details.
Student Leader Scholarship Program
The Student Leader Scholarship is provided to the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer of Student Government; and to the Editor and Assistant Editor of The Owens Outlook, unless these positions are held through student employment. Annual award amounts range from $1000 – $2000, depending on position, and can be used for instructional expenses.
Tech Prep Scholarship
Owens Community College offers Tech Prep scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have participated in a Tech Prep career pathway within the Greater Northwest Ohio Tech Prep Consortium. The maximum award is $500 per semester for four semesters to cover tuition, fees, and an allotment for books that are not covered by other financial aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant, as long as the student maintains eligibility. This scholarship does not pay for supplies, lab fees, course fees, and other institutional fees. The scholarship is only for fall and spring semesters.
Students must obtain the Tech Prep Scholarship Application and complete it in order to be considered. The application and all documentation must be submitted during the academic year.
To qualify for the Owens Community College Tech Prep Scholarship, students:
- Must have earned a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 grading scale by the end of their 7th high school semester;
- Enroll at Owens Community College for the fall semester immediately following high school graduation;
- Enroll in at least 12 graded credit hours each semester (continuous full-time student enrollment in fall and spring semesters is required in order to continue receiving the scholarship);
- Declare an associate degree program related to the chosen high school Tech Prep career pathway;
- Indicate the intent to obtain a certificate, or to obtain an associate degree for transfer to another college or for the job market;
- Have instructional and general fee charges which are not being paid by other financial aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for each academic year and complete the verification process, if selected.
- Maintain a college cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better to continue receiving the scholarship.
Success Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Completion Scholarship
The Success TAP Completion Scholarship is a scholarship for those students who experience unforeseen financial need in their final semester before graduation.
The scholarship can be used to cover education-related expenses, including tuition and fees, and textbooks. Students receiving other Owens scholarships will be considered for this program if they have an outstanding balance.
To be eligible, students must:
- Be an Ohio resident
- Be enrolled in their final semester for their academic program of record
- Submit a degree audit showing that the in progress classes are the only remaining courses
- Have an Owens GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Have a completed FAFSA on file
- Have an outstanding balance
- Have financial need, as verified by college staff
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org from your Owens email address or contact the Student Service Center.
- School of Business, Information, and Public Service
- School of Liberal Arts
- School of Nursing and Health Professions
- School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program
The Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program provides tuition assistance to qualifying members of the Ohio National Guard who are enrolled in at least three credit hours per semester. Additional information is available online. The scholarship covers 100% of instructional and general fees.
Ohio War Orphan and Severely Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship
Children (up to age 25) of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans may apply for the Ohio War Orphan and Severely Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship. Veterans must have served a minimum period of active duty in the armed services during a declared conflict or war, as designated on the scholarship application. The scholarship provides payment of 100% of instructional and general fees for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students must attend full-time (12 credit hours or more). Applications are available through high school guidance counselors and the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The application deadline is July 1 for the upcoming school year.
Forms are available online at the Ohio Department of Higher Education website.
Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund
This program provides tuition assistance to the children and spouses of peace officers, fire fighters and certain other safety officers who are killed in the line of duty. It also provides assistance to qualifying children and spouses of members of the U.S. armed services who were killed in the line of duty. Students must be Ohio residents and be enrolled full or part-time at a participating Ohio college. Interested students should contact the Department of Higher Education.
Ohio Education and Training Voucher Program for Foster Youth
The Education Training Voucher (ETV) provides assistance to youth who have emancipated from foster care or were adopted at the age of 16 or older and who are enrolled in post- secondary educational programs. The young adult must have a high school diploma or GED to be eligible.
Funding can be used to assist with tuition, books, computers, school supplies, living expenses, rent, childcare, health insurance, groceries and transportation. Young adults enrolled in the ETV program and reach their 21st birthday may continue receiving vouchers until their 23rd birthday as long as enrollment into the program is progressing toward a satisfactory completion of that program.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at 4-year colleges or universities. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year towards educational costs. As minimum criteria, students must:
- Have sophomore status at an accredited U.S. community college or 2-year institution or a recent graduate (within the last 5 years)
- Have a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or above
- Plan to transfer to a 4-year college or university to begin full-time studies in the coming fall
- Demonstrate unmet financial need
- Have not previously attended a four-year institution
More information, including how to apply for this scholarship, can be found on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship online at https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/undergraduate-transfer-scholarship/.
The application is available beginning in early fall of each year.
Toledo Community Foundation Scholarships
Through the generosity of many individuals, families and businesses, scholarships are awarded on an annual basis from philanthropic funds which have been established with Toledo Community Foundation. These awards assist local students in their pursuit of higher education.
For more information, including how to apply, visit www.toledocf.org and click on Scholarships. Most deadlines are in early February for the upcoming academic year.
Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation Scholarships
The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation has an extensive scholarship program for area students. The online scholarship application, instructions and deadlines are available on their website at www.community-foundation.com.
Information on outside scholarship opportunities is available in the Student Service Center. Eligibility, application procedures and deadlines vary.
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