Columbus State Community College hosted the 2015 Choose Ohio First Scholar Showcase on Monday, April 20. The annual event featured nearly 200 science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine (STEMM) scholars from colleges and universities around the state.
Attendees heard remarks from Secretary of State Jon Husted, who created the Choose Ohio First scholarship while serving in the Ohio House of Representatives, and Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey, who commended the Choose Ohio First program and said an additional $750,000 has been proposed in the state budget to keep the program going. The Chancellor and Secretary of State took time before and after the program to speak with students about their Choose Ohio First experience and current projects within their fields.
Choose Ohio First supports the increased success of students in the STEMM fields, and makes substantive improvements to the pipeline of STEMM students and STEMM educators. It is one component of the Ohio Innovation Partnership designed to strengthen and reconstruct Ohio’s economy in industry sectors critical to Ohio’s economic success.