Choose Ohio First Scholarship

Choose Ohio First (COF) scholarships are available to selected undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in pursuing a major in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, or Medicine (STEMM). The COF scholarships are competitive scholarships, varying in amounts from $1,500 to $5,200 annually.

Hands-on Experience

STEMM scholars are expected to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and to participate in designated "learning-by-doing" experiences (internships and co-opsservice learning/civic engagement, undergraduate research, etc.). It is the goal of the WSU Choose Ohio First program to provide experiences linked to the Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops (OMIC). 




Interested Students must be one of the following:

  • Current Wright State undergraduate or graduate students
  • Admitted high school students entering Wright State as undergraduate students in the fall
  • Admitted transfer students entering in fall semester

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Be an Ohio Resident
  • Intend to enroll or be currently enrolled in a STEMM program (view list of eligible majors)
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA (current college GPA for Wright State or transfer students, or cumulative high school GPA for admitted high school students)
  • Admitted high school students entering Wright State as undergraduate students this fall MUST have successfully completed the Ohio college-preparatory curriculum; and minimum Math ACT score of 27 or Math SAT score of 620

2017-18 Application is now Closed


The deadline for the 2017-18 application was January 3, 2017.


Eligible Majors


Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Aerospace Physiology and Medicine
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
Agricultural Engineering
Algebra and Number Theory
Analysis and Functional Analysis
Analytical Chemistry
Animal Behavior and Ethology
Animal Genetics
Animal Physiology
Applied Mathematics, General
Applied Mathematics, Other
Aquatic Biology/Limnology
Architectural Engineering
Artificial Intelligence
Atomic/Molecular Physics
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology Teacher Education
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other
Biomedical Sciences, General
Blood Bank Technology Specialist
Botany/Plant Biology
Botany/Plant Biology, Other
Business Statistics
Cardiovascular Science
Cell Biology and Anatomy
Cell Physiology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Ceramic Sciences and Engineering
Chemical Physics
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Clinical Nurse Leader
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Computational Biology
Computational Mathematics
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences,  Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Engineering, Other
Computer Graphics
Computer Hardware Engineering
Computer Programming, Other
Computer Programming, Specific Applications
Computer Programming, Vendor/Product Certification
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
Computer Software Engineering
Computer Support Specialist
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer Teacher Education
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other
Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Conservation Biology
Critical Care Nursing
Cytogenetics/Genetics/Clinical Genetics Technology/Technologist
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, Other
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
Developmental Biology and Embryology
Earth Science Teacher Education
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Other
Elementary Particle Physics
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
Engineering Science
Engineering, General
Environmental Biology
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Education
Environmental Health
Environmental Toxicology
Evolutionary Biology
Exercise Physiology
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
Financial Mathematics
Forensic Chemistry
Genetics, General
Genetics, Other
Genome Sciences/Genomics
Geochemistry and Petrology
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geometry/Geometric Analysis
Geophysics and Seismology
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
Hematology Technology/Technician
Histologic Technician
Histologic Technology/Histotechnologist
Human/Medical Genetics
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Industrial Engineering
Information Resources Management
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology
Information Technology Project Management
Inorganic Chemistry
Knowledge Management
Laser and Optical Engineering
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Management Information Systems and Services, Other
Management Information Systems, General
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Materials Engineering
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing
Mathematical Biology
Mathematical Statistics and Probability
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General
Mathematics, Other
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Microbial and Eukaryotic Genetics
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other
Microbiology and Immunology
Microbiology, General
Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation
Molecular Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
Molecular Biophysics
Molecular Genetics
Molecular Medicine
Molecular Pharmacology
Molecular Physiology
Molecular Toxicology
Network and System Administration/Administrator
Neurobiology and Anatomy
Neurobiology and Behavior
Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Other
Nuclear Physics
Nurse Anesthetist
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery
Nursing Administration
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide
Nursing Education
Nursing Practice
Nursing Science
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing
Oncology and Cancer Biology
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technology/Technician
Optics/Optical Sciences
Organic Chemistry
Palliative Care Nursing
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Pharmacology and Toxicology, Other
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist
Physical Chemistry
Physics Teacher Education
Physics, General
Physics, Other
Physiology, General
Physiology, Pathology, and Related Sciences, Other
Plant Genetics
Plant Molecular Biology
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Plant Physiology
Plasma and High-Temperature Physics
Polymer Chemistry
Population Biology
Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants, Other
Pre-Chiropractic Studies
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Nursing Studies
Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies
Pre-Optometry Studies
Pre-Pharmacy Studies
Pre-Physical Therapy Studies
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing
Psychology Teacher Education
Public Health, General
Public Health, Other
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing
Radiation Biology/Radiobiology
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Renal/Dialysis Technologist/Technician
Reproductive Biology
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Statistics, General
Statistics, Other
Sterile Processing Technology/Technician
Structural Biology
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
Systematic Biology/Biological Systematics
Telecommunications Engineering
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Theoretical Chemistry
Topology and Foundations
Vision Science/Physiological Optics
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster
Wildlife Biology
Women's Health Nurse/Nursing
Word Processing
Zoology/Animal Biology
Zoology/Animal Biology, Other

Current Students

Academic Component

  • A COF Scholar must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (overall AND in major). The first term a student's cumulative GPA drops below 3.0, a warning is issued. The scholarship may be terminated if the student's GPA falls below 3.0 for a second term.

  • The COF Scholar meet with their assigned university advisor regarding progress, problems, etc.  Written progress reports must be submitted by each COF Scholar to at the end of each enrolled term by the deadline provided. 

Learning by doing activity Component

The COF Scholar must participate in designated “learning by doing” activities which include internships, co-op opportuntiesservice learning/civic engagement, undergraduate/graduate research, etc.


Choose Ohio First Workshops

More information coming soon


OBR on Twitter

The Ohio Board of Regents recently established a Twitter account to provide information to students about internship opportunities on our Ohio Means Internships website. We will be tweeting links to great internship opportunities for students. Please encourage your friends to visit the website and to follow @Ohiointernships on Twitter. This website and twitter feed can be a valuable tool.

Below is a short summary about the Ohio Means Internships website. Helps Ohio Businesses and Students Connect

Finding quality internships and experiential learning opportunities can be an important part of an Ohio student's career development as well as an important component of a company's business plan. can help students connect with interested businesses.

Students who register with will be sought out by employers who also register with to search for student talent. Students will be able to search internship positions that have been posted.

Our goal is to educate students and move them from the classroom to the quality jobs in the workforce as quickly as possible, Chancellor Petro said. This website will help students find internships that they can use to gain experience and hone their skills as well as help them identify career pathways.

The website is more than a listing of internships; it serves as a comprehensive solution that will provide information useful during the students educational planning stages. One of the features is a portal page specific to students looking at internships. The portal includes analytics to identify career pathways and smarter career choices that work for all segments of the student job seeker population.

For information contact Becky Traxler