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- Owens Community College Scholarships
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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 covers 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scholarships by School
- School of Business, Hospitality Management and Public Safety
- 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 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 during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or a 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.
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.
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. Former College Credit Plus (CCP) students are considered first-time students during the first semester they attend after high school graduation. 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 ozone.owens.edu. Locate the Scholarships card and click on Apply under the Choose Ohio First Scholarship.
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 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.
Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation Scholarships for local students.
Toledo Community Foundation Scholarships for local students pursing higher education. Most deadlines are in early February for the upcoming academic year.
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Disability Scholarship for students with a disability who are enrolled in 2021. Application deadline: October 1, 2021
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.
Scholarship Search engines
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