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:

  • 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:

  • Be an Ohio Resident
  • Intend to enroll or be currently enrolled in a STEMM program (see Eligible Majors tab)
  • 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

Eligible new students will be considered for Choose Ohio First whether or not they complete the online scholarship application.


Eligible Majors


  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business, Management Information Systems
  • Business, Supply Chain Management
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Systems Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nursing

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 through Pilot 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 opportunitiesservice learning/civic engagement, undergraduate/graduate research, etc.


Choose Ohio First Workshops

The COF Scholar must particiapate in workshops, some designed specifically for COF Scholars.

Information is available on the Pilot sites for COF Scholars.


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