Choose Ohio First Scholarship

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Contact the COF Program Director

Mason Posner
Professor, Department of Biology & Toxicology
mposner@ashland.edu
Building: Kettering
Science Building
Room: 320
Phone: 419.289.5691

Contact Us

Contact Us

Contact the COF Program Director

Mason Posner
Professor, Department of Biology & Toxicology
mposner@ashland.edu
Building: Kettering
Science Building
Room: 320
Phone: 419.289.5691

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Purpose of the scholarship: Ashland University has been awarded a grant from the State of Ohio to provide Choose Ohio First (COF) Scholarships to outstanding students with interests in the natural sciences, computer science, cybersecurity and mathematics. These scholarships support academically strong students who plan to pursue careers in graduate school, health related professional programs or through direct employment in STEMM industries after completion of the Bachelors Degree.  The goal of this State-funded program is to encourage Ohio residents to enter STEMM disciplines and join the Ohio workforce. There are currently 30 students in this program at Ashland University.

Amount of award: $3,000 per academic year for four years in addition to any other University awards.  Total award of up to $12,000.

Email Ashland University’s COF Director, Mason Posner (mposner@ashland.edu) to express interest in the scholarship and start the application process.

Requirements of COF Scholars:

  1. Minimum requirements to receive award:
    ACT 24 or greater or SAT equivalent (we will consider students who have not taken either exam)
    High school GPA 3.5 or greater
  2. Must maintain a major in Biochemistry, Biology (including Forensic Biology and Medical Laboratory Science concentrations), Chemistry, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Environmental Science, Forensic Chemistry, Mathematics or Toxicology
  3. Minimum GPA to maintain scholarship:
    3.0 by the end of the 1st year
  4. Ashland University hosts a number of STEMM related guest speakers each year. COF Scholars must attend at least three of these guest lectures or events per semester.
  5. COF scholars participate in a peer-mentoring program that partners incoming students with junior and senior scholars.  This support is in addition to your regular academic advising from faculty.
  6. While independent research projects and/or professional internships are not required of COF scholars, opportunities to do these will be available and will be encouraged. Ashland University science faculty members actively involve undergraduate students in their research programs. Local research, medical and industry partners such as Charles River Laboratories, Lubrizol, Seidman Cancer Center, Findley, JM Smucker and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center are active partners with our program and host COF scholars as interns.
  7. The program provides additional career training and advice.  Attendance at STEMM related career fairs/social events is encouraged.