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.

COVID-19 Scholarship
This need-based scholarship is provided to students who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and need assistance with college-related expenses as a result.   Applications must be submitted EACH semester.  If awarded, students are given the option to allow Cleveland State Community College to apply these funds to outstanding balances owed to the college.  Once the General Online Application for the applicable aid year is completed, the COVID-19 Scholarship Application can be located in the "My Opportunities" section of the scholarship portal.

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:

  • 2.0 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 academically motivated students by assisting with the cost of books and other educational expenses, such as non-mandatory fees. Interested students should complete the supplemental application, which includes short essay questions and requires a letter of recommendation. Recipients of the scholarship will join the Honors College at Cleveland State. Award amount: $1,000 per semester for up to four semesters. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3.5 High School GPA required to apply
  • Maintain a 3.25 college GPA
  • Commit to joining the Honors College
  • Enroll in at least 15 hours each semester (as needed to maintain timely progress towards

           completion of degree)


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: 25 years or older; low income; Academically Underprepared; African-American; Hispanic majoring in a High-Need Program; or a resident of either McMinn, 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


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