Choose Ohio First Scholarships
Tri-C is a partner with the Ohio Department of Higher Education in supporting students who are committed to majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, or Medical/Health Career (STEMM) related majors. Choose Ohio First (COF) Program scholarships are awarded at Tri-C on a competitive application basis, and may be renewed until graduation. Scholarship recipients are required to participate in a variety of activities that promote creativity, collaboration, self-confidence and degree completion; a COF student’s specific activities are determined in collaboration with her/his faculty mentor. All Tri-C students meeting the COF eligibility requirements may apply for a COF scholarship, but students in underrepresented populations are especially encouraged to apply. COF program admission is limited to the Fall semester; program rules do not permit Spring semester admissions.
For consideration in this program, an applicant must be entering Cuyahoga Community College for the first time (see College Credit Plus exception below) and meet all of the following criteria:
- An Ohio resident with the current legal status to remain permanently in the United States;
- New Tri-C Student status as of the first term in the COF program (for College Credit Plus (CCP) students, first term at Tri-C since graduating from high school);
- Cumulative 3.00 grade point average (GPA) or higher on a 4.00 GPA scale, based on either high school or transfer transcript (Tri-C transcript for former Tri-C CCP students);
- Enrolled in at least 6 credits of college-level (1000-level or higher) classes relevant to the student’s academic plan for degree attainment during each semester of participation;
- Declared major in an approved STEMM discipline – questions about eligible majors may be directed to Mr. Herbert Mausser, (216) 987-4660 or Herbert.Mausser@tri-c.edu.
- Available to attend and participate in Choose Ohio First activities.
Interested students must complete the Tri-C General Scholarship application, as well as submit the following to a COF program coordinator listed below:
- Applicable high school and/or transfer transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable);
- A personal statement (no more than 250 words) describing (1) What do you hope to gain from participating in the program; (2) why have you chosen your particular major; and (3) how might the COF experience and scholarship help you in your field of study or future career?;
- One letter of endorsement from a college or high school instructor, preferably in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medical (STEMM) discipline.
For more information about the Choose Ohio First program, contact the program coordinator at the location nearest you:
Mr. Bassem Al-Kaimari
Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Pamela Ellison
Associate Dean of Business and Math
Metropolitan Campus / College Pathway Programs
Mr. Kenneth Hale
Director of Access and Community Engagement - Early College & Outreach Programs
Dr. Geza Varhegyi
Assistant Professor of Biology
Mr. Robert Searson
Dean of Learning & Engagement