Ohio Student Community College Scholarships

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Diploma to Work

A new scholarship launches next year specially designed for Ohio students. The James A. Rhodes Leadership Foundation has developed an innovative new scholarship-to-work program. Slated to launch Fall 2008, the program is designed to offer a two-year community college tuition scholarship to one student from every high school—that’s a few hundred—in the state of Ohio. The program, officially called the “Diploma to Work” Scholarship program, has multi-pronged goals:

  • Offer more students an affordable and practical Associates or certificate degree.
  • Put those graduates together with good jobs and the right business and industry connections.
  • Jettison the Ohio economy with a more self-sustaining and well-educated work force.

Eligible applicants must be:

  • Graduating Ohio high school seniors.
  • Enrolled in one of the state community or technical colleges.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate academic motivation.
  • Able to support their commitment to the Diploma to Work program through a concise and well-written essay; and participate in a final panel interview.
  • Able to maintain a C+ in academic studies.
  • Commitment to work within the state for at least four years following graduation in a field related to their major.

The Rhodes Foundation is going full-speed-ahead with the project following the recent announcement that the state of Ohio granted it $10 million to get the project off the ground. Over the next 7 or 8 years the organization will solicit for major contributions to reach a final endowment of $65 million. Bookmark the foundation’s site to stay abreast of scholarship updates. Don’t miss this one.

This entry was posted 16 years, 9 months ago in Community College, Foundations, High School.