About Choose Ohio First

Developing Our Future Innovators

Advancing STEMM and STEMM Education

According to a recent report by the Center on Education and the Workforce, eight million new jobs will be available in STEMM-related fields by 2018. The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program is part of the state's strategic effort to significantly strengthen Ohio's position in world markets such as aerospace, medicine, computer technology and alternative energy.

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program awards Ohio colleges, universities and their business partners that have developed innovative academic programs to recruit and retain more Ohio students into STEMM fields. The funding that they receive is used to offer scholarships for those programs to current and potential students.

To date, Choose Ohio First scholarships have been awarded to more than 4,000 students in 28 programs involving 41 Ohio public and private institutions. Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $5,200 per student, per academic year. The scholarships have leveraged more than $32 million in matching funds from Ohio colleges and universities, and their business partners.