Choose Ohio First | Overview

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Click here to watch the video overview of the 2020 Choose Ohio First Scholar Showcase 


Click here for the Fiscal Year 2021 Choose Ohio First Request for Proposals (RFP) information.  


The Choose Ohio First Scholarship is designed to significantly strengthen Ohio’s competitiveness within STEMM disciplines and STEMM education. 

Choose Ohio First awards competitive scholarship funding to Ohio’s colleges and universities to support undergraduate and qualifying graduate students in innovative academic programs. Designated Choose Ohio First programs are:

  • Integrated with regional economies
  • Meeting statewide educational needs
  • Facilitating the completion of baccalaureate degrees in cost effective manners
  • Recruiting underrepresented STEMM student groups including women and students of color

Choose Ohio First funds higher education and business collaborations that will have the most impact on Ohio’s position in world markets such as aerospace, medicine, computer technology and alternative energy. These collaborations will ultimately produce substantive improvements to the pipeline of STEMM graduates and STEMM educators in Ohio. Choose Ohio First is part of a strategic effort to bolster Ohio’s economic strength by ensuring a ready workforce for STEMM-Related industries.


Corey Dixon
Project Manager, Ohio Department of Higher Education
(614) 644-5704