Choose Ohio First Scholarship

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program (COFSP) is a state-funded program for Ohio Residents pursuing a major in a STEMM field. The program comprises two components: A Summer Math Bridge for high school sophomores and juniors and a scholarship program for YSU STEMM Majors.

The COFSP Summer Math Bridge is a free 4-week on-campus program intended to support and enhance the math skills of high school students who are interested in pursuing a STEMM major in college. Particularly, the program addresses the gap in knowledge that often occurs between Algebra II and Pre-Calculus/Calculus. Eligible participants must be currently enrolled in (or have already completed) algebra II and must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Eligible students who participate in the summer bridge program receive priority consideration for a COF scholarship if they attend YSU and major in STEMM.

Choose Ohio First Scholars receive scholarship support in addition to structured academic support. Scholars are required to attend monthly cohort meetings and yearly faculty-led research resulting in a professional research poster and presentation. Eligible applicants must be an Ohio Resident, be majoring in a STEMM field, and place into the appropriate math level for their intended major (see application for details and eligible majors). Twenty-five scholarships valued at approximately $4,000 are awarded per year. This scholarship is renewable up to 4 years if recipients maintain a 3.0 GPA and active participation in program activities.

More information about Choose Ohio First*

Application for Incoming STEM Students*

Application to the Summer Math Bridge Program*

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship program is funded by the State of Ohio. At this time, funding for 2021 has not been granted. However, we will accept applications to keep on file in the event that the program is funded. We will stay in contact with anyone who submits an application as to the status of the program.
The 2021 Summer Bridge program is also tentative at this time.


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