Choose Ohio First Scholarship

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 bioscience related areas, including chemistry. These scholarships support academically strong students who plan to pursue careers in graduate school, health related professional programs or through direct employment in bioscience and chemistry industries after completion of the Bachelors Degree.  The goal of this State-funded program is to encourage Ohio residents to enter STEM disciplines and join the Ohio workforce. There are currently 26 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.

We are currently awaiting final approval from the State of Ohio to make new awards for students entering in Fall of 2017

Requirements of COF Scholars:

  1. Minimum requirements to receive award:
    ACT 25 or greater
    High school GPA 3.5 or greater
  2. Must maintain a major in Biochemistry, Biology (including Forensic Biology), Chemistry, Environmental Science or Toxicology
  3. Minimum GPA to maintain scholarship:
    3.0 by the end of the 1st year
  4. Ashland University hosts a number of bioscience 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 laboratories such as Charles River Laboratories and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center are active partners with our program and host COF scholars as interns.
  7. Recipients will take part in the annual Believe in Ohio event, a program for high school students to learn about entrepreneurship opportunities in science and engineering in the State of Ohio. You will have the opportunity to help mentor high school students at that event, and participate in mentoring high school teams taking part in a science business plan competition. This is also an excellent opportunity to network with the bioscience research and entrepreneurial community of Northeast Ohio.
  8. The program provides additional career training and advice.  Attendance at bioscience related career fairs/social events is encouraged.

Contact the COF Program Director

Mason Posner

Chair, Department of Biology & Toxicology

Building: Kettering Science Building
Room: 320
Phone: 419.289.5691