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Career Services

Choose Ohio First Scholarship

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About Choose Ohio First Scholarships

Choose Ohio First (COF) scholarships are available to selected undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a major in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine (STEMM). The COF scholarships are competitive, varying in amounts from $1,500 to $5,200 annually.

Students who receive a Choose Ohio First Scholarship become immersed in a cohort model with wrap-around student support services, such as built-in advising, mentoring, co-op and internship opportunities, cohort seminars and events, and research events.

The Choose Ohio First Ohio Scholarship is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Eligible Majors


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

How to Apply

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 above)
  • 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 achieved 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.

Scholarship Requirements

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 meets 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.

Career Readiness Experiences Component

The COF scholar must participate in designated Career Readiness Experience activities including internships, co-op opportunities, service-learning/civic engagement, or undergraduate/graduate research.

Choose Ohio First Workshops

The COF Scholar must participate in workshops, some designed specifically for COF Scholars. Information is available on the Pilot sites for COF Scholars.

Contact Information

Wright State University’s Choose Ohio First scholarship program staff advisor is Lisa Duke.

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