Scholarships

Cleveland State Community College strives to make college affordable to everyone interested in higher education.  We provide scholarships to new high school graduates, transfer students, non-traditional students, low-income students, and minority students.  Below you will find some information on the different scholarship programs that we offer as well as the link to apply for these scholarships.

How to Apply

All of our scholarships are available through our online scholarship application.  Applicants can complete the general application for most scholarship opportunities, although some scholarships require students to answer additional questions to qualify for those funds. Students must be accepted to Cleveland State and have access to their CougarNet to apply for scholarships. 

Please click the links below to view the various available scholarships and application requirements in our online scholarship application.

Available Scholarships 
Online Scholarship Application

Scholarship Opportunities:

Foundation Scholarships

Each year, the Cleveland State Community College Foundation provides a number of scholarships based on academic achievement and need.  Students can browse all available Foundation Scholarship awards and requirements by clicking on the "Available Scholarships" link above. Award amounts vary. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • 2.5 high school or college GPA
  • Must enroll in at least 6 credit hours each semester
  • Recipients must submit a Thank-You Letter to their scholarship donor

 

Presidential Honors Scholarship

The Presidential Honors Scholarship will award academic excellence while fostering leadership skills to prepare students for the future. Recipients of the scholarship will join the academic Honors program. Applicants must have at least a 3.5 GPA and 24 composite ACT score. The Presidential Honors scholarship is designed to assist students with books and other educational expenses, such as non-mandatory fees. Award amount: $1,000 per semester for up to 4 semesters. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3.5 High School GPA or 24 minimum ACT score (or comparable SAT scores)
  • Must enroll in at least 12 credit hours each semester
  • Must be accepted into the Honors Program

 

Principal's Academic Service Scholarship

The Cleveland State Principal's Scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors from each high school in our 5-county service area. Scholarship recipients are selected by their high school principal and required to work 75 academic service hours per semester in an assigned office on campus. Award amount: $$750 per semester for up to 4 semesters. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3.0 high school GPA
  • 19 composite ACT score
  • Must enroll in at least 15 credit hours each semester
  • Must complete 75 service hours each semester

 

Ambassadors Scholarship

The Cleveland State Ambassadors Scholarship is available to students who are accepted as part of the Ambassadors Program. Cleveland State Ambassadors serve the Office of Admissions and Recruiting as college representatives for tours, special events, school visits, and other campus functions. Students interested in this scholarship must complete an Ambassadors Program Application. Award amount: $500 per semester for up to 4 semesters. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • 2.5 high school or college GPA
  • Must enroll in at least 12 credit hours per semester

 

Access & Diversity Grant

The purpose of the Access and Diversity Grant Program is to enhance the rate of participation, progression, and completion in higher education by a diverse population of students. In general, applicants must fall into at least two of the following subpopulations to qualify: 24 years or older; low income; African-American; Hispanic; veteran; majoring in a STEM field; or a resident of either Polk, Meigs, or Monroe counties.  Award amounts: $1,000 per semester of full-time enrollment. $500 per semester of part-time enrollment. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • 2.0 high school or college GPA
  • Must enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester

 

Contact Information

If you have questions or need to turn in scholarship documents to the Financial Aid Office, please visit the Enrollment Services Center in the Student Center or contact us via e-mail at scholarships@clevelandstatecc.edu

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