Choose Ohio First (COF) Scholarship for IT Majors 

The Scholarship Deadline for Choose Ohio First Scholarship is July 1st.

Please the deadline has passed please check back next year.

Scholarships up to $1,500 for Information Technology Majors 

What is Choose Ohio First?

Choose Ohio First (COF) is an initiative put forth by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to bolster support for the next generation of Ohio STEMM scholars and industry leaders.

COF awards competitive scholarship funding to Ohio’s colleges and universities to support undergraduate and qualifying graduate students in innovative academic programs.

Who is eligible?

  • Undergraduate Ohio residents or Ohio residents returning to Ohio for graduate school after completing undergraduate studies in other states or countries.
  • Scholars enrolled in full-time study.
  • First-year students only (first-time degree-seeking at MTC) at the date of initial COF cohort awards (subsequent years of funding are possible, provided scholars maintain compliance with program requirements and funding continues through Marion Technical College).
  • Students must major in one of MTC’s eligible major COF programs of study: Software Development, Networking, and Cyber Security.
  • Former College Credit Plus (CCP) students are welcome to apply.

COF Scholarship Awards

All recipients who maintain eligibility will receive:

  1. Up to $1,500 per year.
  2. A first dollar scholarship covering the cost of tuition and fees.
  3. Support from all areas of the college including career services, tutoring, advising, the Sherpa Program, and special meetings for the cohort.

What are the requirements?

To maintain eligibility, students must:

  1. Be a full-time student.
  2. Maintain a GPA of 3.0
  3. Be enrolled in an IT-specific major (Software Development, Networking, and Cyber Security).
  4. Complete the FAFSA.
  5. Meet with an advisor and complete your schedule.
  6. Meet once per term as a cohort of COF recipients to learn about services available to them at MTC.

Choose Ohio First Essay Requirements

All applicants must submit a 150-500 word essay addressing the question:

“What’s next for you and the world of Information Technology?”

Explain the impact you believe the Choose Ohio First Program would have on you during your path to degree completion, and where an earned degree from MTC may take you next.


You must also complete and meet the requirements listed above. The deadline has passed please check back next year.


You must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Results must be received by MTC prior to July 1.


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