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A number of scholarships are available to Owens Community College students through the Board of Trustees Academic Excellence Scholarship Fund, the Academic Achievement Scholarship Program, the College's Foundation, and from outside contributors. Application procedures and deadlines vary. Many scholarship applications require students to write an essay. Tips for writing a scholarship essay are available from the Writing Center.

Owens Scholarships

Academic Achievement Scholarship Program
This scholarship is offered to qualifying students graduating from public and parochial high schools, as well as career centers, within the Owens legal district, which encompasses Lucas, Wood and Hancock counties and parts of Ottawa (Genoa High School, Benton-Carroll-Salem High School) and Sandusky (Woodmore High School) counties. Student eligibility is determined by the following:

Students who are in the top 5% of his/her graduating class, or students who earned a 3.7 GPA or higher from his/her Career Center School, and test info college level courses:

  • The Student Receives: 100% tuition (general and instructional fees) covered by the Academic Achievement Scholarship. The Scholarship does not apply to tuition paid by federal or state grants.

Students who are in the top 10% of his/her graduating class or students who earned a 3.5 GPA from his/her Career Center School, and test into college level courses:

  • The Student Receives: 50% tuition (general and instructional fees) covered by the Academic Achievement Scholarship. The Scholarship does not apply to tuition paid by federal or state grants.

Also, in order to receive the scholarship, all students are required to:

  • Have their official high school transcripts showing their rank sent to the Records Office
  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form ( with Owens School Code 005753
  • Be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) at Owens
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA at Owens
  • Select a program of study and intent which are eligible for financial aid.

This scholarship is renewable for one year as long as all criteria are met.

The criteria are subject to change without notice.

For more information, please contact Oserve at (567) 661-7378 or

Academic Excellence Scholarship
One recipient from each local high school is nominated for the Academic Excellence Scholarship. The scholarship provides $500 per semester for 4 consecutive semesters as long as the student has a 3.0 CGPA or higher and is enrolled in 12 credit hours for each semester. This scholarship is only available for the Fall and Spring semesters. To apply for this scholarship, students should contact their high school guidance counselor or contact the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment Management, Student Services, and Marketing at (567) 661-7253.

College Foundation Scholarships
The Owens Community College Foundation offers a variety of scholarships through the generosity of businesses and individuals in the community. Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available and are due February 16, 2015. Scholarship award notification begins in May and will continue until all awards have been made. Students will only be contacted if they are selected as a Foundation Scholarship recipient. For more information on Foundation Scholarships, contact the Foundation Office at (567) 661-7603 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7603.
Click here for College Foundation Scholarships details and the scholarship application.

Owens Athletic Scholarships
Owens Community College offers athletic scholarships for men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's golf, women's softball, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball. Eligibility for athletic scholarships is determined by the Athletic Director.
For more information regarding athletics, click here.

Student Leader Scholarship Program
The Student Leader Scholarship is provided to the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer of Student Government; and to the Editor and Assistant Editor of The Owens Outlook. Annual award amounts range from $375 - $1000, depending on position, and can be used for instructional expenses.

Success Tuition Assistance Program
The Success Tuition Assistance Program covers institutional and general charges not covered by other financial aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant, for students who are recent graduates of one of the following:

  • A high school in the Toledo Public School District
  • Arcadia High School
  • Arlington High School
  • Cory Rawson High School
  • Findlay Digital Academy
  • Findlay High School
  • Lake High School
  • Liberty Benton High School
  • McComb High School
  • Van Buren High School
  • Vanlue High School
  • Whitmer High School

The grant is available for fall and spring semesters and is renewable for three years after the date of high school graduation as long as:

  • The student begins full-time attendance at Owens in the fall semester immediately after high school graduation,
  • Qualifies for the Federal Pell Grant in the fall semester immediately after high school graduation and in subsequent semesters,
  • Maintains an Owens cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher, and
  • Continues full-time enrollment.

Students must submit a final official high school transcript showing high school graduation with a high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), be charged in-state tuition rates, and meet financial aid and other eligibility criteria to qualify. Student must also meet or exceed the following English test scores: (a.) ACT Writing 18, plus ACT Reading 21, or (b.) Compass Writing 69, plus Compass Reading 69, or (c.) Asset Writing 41, plus Asset Reading 39. The College and the Foundation reserve the right to change the program's requirements at any time.

Tech Prep Scholarship
Owens Community College offers Tech Prep scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have participated in a Tech Prep career pathway within the Greater Northwest Ohio Tech Prep Consortium. The maximum award is $2,000 total ($1,000 per year) or $500 per semester for four semesters to cover tuition and fees that are not covered by other financial aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant, as long as the student maintains eligibility. This scholarship does not pay for books and supplies, lab fees, course fees, and other institutional fees.

Students must obtain the Tech Prep Scholarship Application and complete it in order to be considered. The 2015-2016 deadline for the application and all documentation is June 30, 2015.

To qualify for the Owens Community College Tech Prep Scholarship, students:

  • Must have earned a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 grading scale by the end of their 7th high school semester;
  • Enroll at Owens Community College for the fall semester immediately following high school graduation;
  • Enroll in at least 12 graded credit hours each semester (continuous full-time student enrollment in fall and spring semesters is required in order to continue receiving the scholarship);
  • Declare an associate degree program related to the chosen high school Tech Prep career pathway;
  • Indicate the intent to obtain a certificate, or to obtain an associate degree for transfer to another college or for the job market;
  • Have instructional and general fee charges which are not being paid by other financial aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant.

Scholarships by School

Ohio Scholarships

Choose Ohio First Scholarship
The Choose Ohio First Scholarship is available for selected students in certain science and math programs in conjunction with Bowling Green State University, Miami University, and the University of Toledo. The scholarship can be used for instructional and general fees, but not books, supplies, or other institutional fees. Annual amounts vary based on the student's program of study. Students must be Ohio residents, have a 3.0 college or high school GPA, and meet the designated minimum ACT or SAT scores. For more information, contact the Owens Office of Student Development at 1-800-GO-OWENS, extension 7777 (Toledo-area Campus) or extension 3509 (Findlay-area Campus).

Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program
The Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program provides tuition assistance to qualifying members of the Ohio National Guard who are enrolled in at least three credit hours per semester. Additional information is available online.

Ohio War Orphans Scholarship
Children (up to age 25) of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans may apply for the Ohio War Orphans scholarship. Veterans must have served a minimum period of active duty in the armed services during a declared conflict or war, as designated on the scholarship application. The scholarship provides payment of 93% tuition. Students must attend full-time (12 credit hours or more). Applications are available through high school guidance counselors and the Ohio Board of Regents. The application deadline is July 1 for the upcoming school year.
Forms are available online at the Ohio Board of Regents website.

Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund
This program provides tuition assistance to the children and spouses of peace officers, fire fighters and certain other safety officers who are killed in the line of duty. It also provides assistance to qualifying children and spouses of members of the U.S. armed services who were killed in the line of duty. Students must be Ohio residents and be enrolled full or part-time at a participating Ohio college. Students should contact the Ohio Board of Regents to apply.
Click here for additional details.

Additional Scholarships

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly-selective scholarship for the nationís top community college students seeking to complete their bachelorís degrees at 4-year colleges or universities. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year, making it the largest private scholarship for community college transfer students in the country. The Foundation will select up to 85 applicants nationwide for this highly-selective scholarship. As minimum criteria, students must:

  • Have sophomore status at an accredited U.S. community college or 2-year institution or a recent graduate (within the last 5 years)
  • Have a cumulative unweighted college GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Plan to transfer to a 4-year college or university to begin full-time studies in the coming fall
  • Demonstrate significant unmet financial need
  • Have not previously been nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
  • Have not previously attended a four-year institution

More information, including how to apply for this scholarship, can be found on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship online at

The first phase of the application process must be completed by 4 p.m. on December 2, 2014.

The application is available beginning in early October each year.

Toledo Community Foundation Scholarships
Through the generosity of many individuals, families and businesses, scholarships are awarded on an annual basis from philanthropic funds which have been established with Toledo Community Foundation. These awards assist local students in their pursuit of higher education.

The following Toledo Community Foundation Scholarships that are available to Owens Community College Students include:

  • John H. and Carol Luscombe Scholarship (specific to Owens Community College students)
  • Bollinger/Szymanski Scholarship
  • Cathy Yvonne Moore Scholarship
  • Bob and Lorena Porter Scholarship
  • United Muslims Association of Toledo Scholarship
  • Harold W. Wott-IEEE Toledo Section Scholarship

For more information, including how to apply can be found at, click on Scholarships. Most deadlines are February 15, 2015. Questions regarding these scholarships may be directed to Joanne Olnhausen at (419) 241-5049 or

Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation Scholarships

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation has an extensive scholarship program for area seniors. The online scholarship application and instructions are now available on the Foundationís website. The initial application must be completed online by 12 p.m. on March 25, 2015.

The Community Foundation currently has more than 125 scholarships that are available online. Information about each scholarship and the standards for determining eligibility of students can be found through the Community Foundationís website. The Community Foundation also has several scholarships available to current college students. For more information on these scholarships, visit the Current College Students section of the Community Foundationís website.

Students have the opportunity to start an application, save it and finish it at a later time but the application must be completed by March 25. The student will only need to submit one application to be considered for online scholarships at the Community Foundation. No paper applications will be accepted through this process.

Visit to apply or learn more about the scholarships available at the Community Foundation. For more information or questions, contact Shelly Joseph at 419-425-1100.

Scholarship Resources

Information on outside scholarship opportunities, including a listing of scholarships for individuals with disabilities, is available in Oserve. Eligibility, application procedures and deadlines vary.

Disabled Students
National Federation of the Blind Scholarships

Female Student Scholarships
Talbots Women's Scholarship
Women in Defense - HORIZONS Foundation
Zonta Club of Bowling Green Scholarship

International Student Scholarships
International Education Financial Aid
The Study Abroad Information Source
International Student Scholarships

Military Scholarships
National Resources Directory - scholarships for military spouses and dependents

Minority Scholarships
African American Scholarships
American Indian College Fund
Information regarding aid for Native American Students
National Italian American Foundation
The Gates Millennium Scholarship for Minorities
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
United Negro College Fund Scholarships for African-American students

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