Choose Ohio First

Choose Ohio First

Led and funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), the Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program is part of Ohio's strategic effort to bolster the state in the global marketplace of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM). Choose Ohio First awards competitive scholarship funding to Ohio's colleges and universities to support undergraduate and qualifying graduate students in innovative academic programs.

Designated Choose Ohio First programs are:

  • Integrated with regional economies
  • Meeting statewide educational needs
  • Facilitating the completion of baccalaureate degrees in cost effective manners
  • Recruiting underrepresented STEMM student groups including women and students of color

Ohio's economic future relies on a well-trained and economically competitive workforce. Maintaining America's scientific and technological leadership is essential not only to Ohio's economic growth, but also to our national security and a productive future for the country as a whole. STEMM disciplines will help create the talent needed to make Ohio's businesses competitive in the 21st century knowledge economy.

Through Choose Ohio First, The Ohio State University offers the following programs:

  • Engineering and Science Innovators
  • Future Scientists of Ohio (transfer students from Columbus State Community College in STEMM only)
  • Nursing

For more information regarding student financial aid and Choose Ohio First Scholarship, visit Ohio State's Student Financial Aid website and the ODHE Choose Ohio First webpage.