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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.

Owens Community College Scholarships

Start Here Scholarship


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 covers instructional fees for eligible students and is renewable if criteria are met.  Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Required Qualifications

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
    • Spring 2022 high school graduates: Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023
  • Be continuously enrolled each semester, except for summer, which is optional.
Semester Enrollment Required
First Fall 15
First Spring 12
First Summer 12
Second Fall 9
Second Spring 9
Second Summer 9
Third Fall 9
Third Spring 9
Third Summer 9

For example, a Spring 2021 high school graduate would enroll in 15 credits for Fall 2021, 12 credits for Spring 2022, 12 credits for Summer 2022 (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.

Special Features

  • 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, Student Financial Services Advisors, 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. The due date for nomination forms is July 15.

  • 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.

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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.

The scholarship application for the 2021-2022 academic year is closed.  Please look for the 2022-2023 application to open in early 2022.

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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 an associate degree, for transfer to another college or 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, contact the Student Service Center at (567) 661-2387.

Scholarships by School

Ohio Scholarships

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’ Children Scholarship

Children (up to age 25) of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans may apply for the Ohio War Orphan and Severely Disabled Veterans’ Children Scholarship. To qualify, 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 84% of instructional and general fees for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students must attend full-time (12 credit hours or more). Applications are available online at the Ohio Department of Higher Education website.

Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund

This program provides undergraduate tuition assistance to the children, spouses, and qualified former spouses, of peace officers, fire fighters and certain other safety officers who are killed in the line of duty. It also provides undergraduate or certificate tuition assistance to qualifying children and spouses of members of the U.S. armed services who were killed in the line of duty. This includes such operations as Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or some other combat zone designated by the President of the United States. 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.

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Choose Ohio First Scholarship

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship is a program funded by the State of Ohio for students studying in certain Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine programs, including skilled trades.  Visit the State of Ohio’s Choose Ohio First website for more information.

Eligibility requirements
To be eligible for the scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Submit a Choose Ohio First Scholarship application and be selected as a recipient.
  • Be enrolled in an eligible program (see Eligible programs below)
  • Show your intent on the admission application as one of the following:
    • to obtain an associate degree for transfer to another college
    • to obtain an associate degree for the job market
    • to obtain a certificate
  • Be a first-time student OR a prior student who was previously enrolled in a program which was not in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Medicine. Additionally, former College Credit Plus (CCP) students are considered first-time students during the first semester they attend after high school graduation. However, in the event that a scholarship recipient leaves the program, a student at the same academic level as the prior recipient may be awarded the scholarship.
  • Be an Ohio resident.
  • Be registered for Selective Service if required to register by law.
  • Participate in an internship, unless the College agrees to replace this with another work-based learning experience.
  • Participate in at least one Career Services activity per semester, unless the College agrees to waive this requirement.
  • Be enrolled in the following as of the financial aid freeze date for each semester:
    • Certificate students: 6 or more credits
    • Associate degree students: 9 or more credits
  • Maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher to continue eligibility.


  • Awards are for fall and spring semesters for up to three years.
  • The scholarship can only be used for instructional and general fees which are not being paid by other sources. To qualify, students must have unpaid instructional and general fees of at least $500 per semester for certificate programs, or $1,500 per semester for associate degree programs. The maximum award is $1,500 per semester ($3,000 per academic year).
  • There is limited funding available for each academic year.
  • Continued funding is contingent on the availability of state funds and the College’s performance and participation in the Choose Ohio First Scholarship program.

To apply, log in to Locate the Scholarships card and click on Apply under the Choose Ohio First Scholarship.

Eligible programs
The Choose Ohio First Scholarship may be used for the following programs of study.

  • Applied Engineering Technology (Owens Code: APET)
  • ATS Applied Engineering Technology (Owens Code: 1APE)
  • ATS Auto Service Management (Owens Code: 1ASM)
  • ATS Automotive Technology (Owens Code: 1AUT)
  • ATS CAD Technology (Owens Code: 1CAD)
  • ATS Computer Programming Technology (Owens Code: 1CPT)
  • ATS Computer Science Major (Owens Code: 1CSC)
  • ATS Diesel Technology (Owens Code: 1DSL)
  • ATS Electrical/Electronics Technology (Owens Code: 1EET)
  • ATS Information Systems (Owens Code: 1INF)
  • ATS Information Systems (Owens Code: 1SYS)
  • ATS Network and Information Systems Support (Owens Code: 1NIS)
  • ATS Skilled Trades Building Maintenance (Owens Code: 1STB)
  • ATS Skilled Trades Construction (Owens Code: 1SKC)
  • ATS Skilled Trades Electrical (Owens Code: 1SKE)
  • ATS Skilled Trades Mechanical (Owens Code: 1SKM)
  • ATS Welding (Owens Code: 1WLD)
  • ATS Wide-Area Networking Technology (Owens Code: 1WAN)
  • Automotive Service Certificate (Owens Code: ZSER)
  • Automotive Technology, AAS (Owens Code: AUTO)
  • Avionics Major, AAS (Owens Code: AVMJ)
  • Biomedical Electronics Major (Owens Code: BIOM)
  • Building Maintenance Certificate (Owens Code: ZBLD)
  • Building Maintenance Major, AAS (Owens Code: SKTB)
  • CAD Certificate (Owens Code: ZCDC)
  • CAD Technology (Owens Code: CADT)
  • Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician, AAS (Owens Code: CATP)
  • CISCO Academy Certificate (Owens Code: ZCCO)
  • Computer Programming Technology, AAB (Owens Code: CPPT)
  • Computer Science Major, AAS (Owens Code: CSCI)
  • Diesel Service Certificate (Owens Code: ZDSL)
  • Diesel Technology (Owens Code: DSLT)
  • Electrical Certificate (Owens Code: ZECT)
  • Electrical Major, AAS (Owens Code: SKTE)
  • Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology (Owens Code: EETT)
  • Engineering Concentration, AS (Owens Code: EGRC)
  • Environmental Science Concentration, AS (Owens Code: ENST)
  • General Motors Corporation Automotive Service Education Program, AAS (Owens Code: ASEP)
  • GMAW Welding Certificate (Owens Code: ZGMW)
  • GTAW Welding Certificate (Owens Code: ZGTW)
  • HVAC Certificate (Owens Code: ZVCC)
  • Industrial Mechanic Certificate (Owens Code: ZINM)
  • Information Systems Technology (Owens Code: INFO)
  • Machining Certificate (Owens Code: ZMCC)
  • Manufacturing Foundations Certificate (Owens Code: ZMFC)
  • Mechanical Major, AAS (Owens Code: SKTM)
  • Network Administration Certificate (Owens Code: ZNEC)
  • Networking and Information Systems Support, AAB (Owens Code: NIST)
  • Pipe Welding Certificate (Owens Code: ZPWL)
  • Pipefitting/Plumbing Certificate (Owens Code: ZPPC)
  • Plate Welding Certificate (Owens Code: ZPLW)
  • SMAW Welding Certificate (Owens Code: ZSMW)
  • Tool and Die/Mold Maker Certificate (Owens Code: ZTLD)
  • Web Design Certificate (Owens Code: ZWDS)
  • Welding Major (Owens Code: WELD)
  • Wide-Area Networking Technology, AAS (Owens Code: WANT)

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Ohio Second Chance Grant

The State of Ohio Second Chance Grant provides financial assistance to students who would like an opportunity to earn a college degree. A college degree provides many lifetime benefits, including increased access to job opportunities, increased earning potential and a pathway to advancement; plus more.

A limited number of grants up to $2,000 are available to students who meet the following eligibility requirements:

Eligibility requirements:

  • Current Ohio resident
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply for any federal and state need-based grants and/or scholarships
  • Did not obtain a bachelor’s degree from any accredited institution of higher education
  • “Stopped out” from a state institution in Ohio and did not transfer to another in the three semesters immediately following.
  • Be in good academic standing with no record of disciplinary at the time of withdrawal
  • Enrolled at Owens within five years of disenrollment
  • Re-enrollment is on or after January 1, 2022
  • Pursuing an associate degree or certificate, but may not already possess a degree (bachelor or associate) or certificate.
  • Cannot be enrolled in the College Credit Plus program
  • Cannot be a recipient of the following – Choose Ohio First Scholarship, Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund, War Orphans and Severely Disabled Veterans’ Children Scholarship Program or Ohio National Guard Scholarship.

For students interested in this grant, please contact Admissions at (567) 661-7777 or

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. In addition, young adults who are enrolled in the ETV program, and reach their 21st birthday, may continue receiving vouchers until their 23rd birthday. Though this only happens if enrollment into the program is progressing toward a satisfactory completion of that program.

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Additional Scholarships

Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation Scholarships for local students.

Greater Toledo Community Foundation Scholarships for local students pursing higher education. Most deadlines are in early February for the upcoming academic year.  Scholarships currently available include the following:

  • Harold W. Wott-IEEE Toledo Section Scholarship for full-time students pursuing a degree in electrical/electronic engineering, electric engineering technology, computer science or related field. Application deadline: February 11, 2022
  • Janet L. Coyle Memorial Scholarship for Special Education Teachers for students in at least their second year pursuing a degree in education to become a licensed, special education teacher or intervention specialist. Application deadline: February 11, 2022
  • John H. & Carol Luscombe Scholarship for adult and non-traditional students residing in the greater Toledo area pursuing a certificate or associate degree. Application deadline: June 8, 2022
  • Nena J. Wagner Scholarship for residents of Lucas or Wood Country pursuing an undergraduate degree in Accounting, Business, Education or Health Science. Application deadline: February 11, 2022

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at 4-year colleges or universities. The application is available beginning in early fall of each year.

Sylvania Area Community Improvement Corporation Public Safety Services Scholarship for a local high school senior residing in the City of Sylvania or Sylvania Township, pursuing a career in criminal justice, fire science, police officer, emergency medical technician, or paramedic/firefighter. Application deadline: May 20, 2022

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