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A number of scholarships are available to you 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 you 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 a public or parochial high school or career center in the Owens legal service 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. This scholarship is renewable for one year as long as all criteria are met.

Students in the top 5% of their graduating class or who have earned a 3.7 GPA or higher can receive a scholarship which covers 100% of their tuition (general and instructional fees) not covered by state and federal grants. Students in the top 10% of their graduating class or who have earned a 3.5 GPA or higher can receive a scholarship which covers 50% of their tuition (general and instructional fees) not covered by state and federal grants.

In order to receive the scholarship, all students are required to:

  • Submit an official high school transcript with GPA to the Records Office
  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form ( with Owens School Code 005753
  • Have ACT or COMPASS test scores which place the student into college-level courses
  • Enroll full-time (12 credit hours) at Owens
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA at Owens
  • Be enrolled in a financial aid eligible program of study with the intent to obtain an associate's degree or certificate.

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 cumulative GPA or higher and is enrolled in 12 or more 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 2016-2017 academic year are no longer being accepted. Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be available in September, 2016.

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.

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, unless these positions are held through student employment. 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:

  • Aradia High School
  • Arlington High School
  • Bowsher High School
  • Cory Rawson High School
  • Findlay Digital Academy
  • Findlay High School
  • Lake High School
  • McComb High School
  • Rogers High School
  • Scott High School
  • Start High School
  • Toledo Early College High School
  • Toledo Technology Academy
  • Van Buren High School
  • Vanlue High School
  • Waite High School
  • Whitmer High School
  • Woodward High School

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

  • The student begins full-time attendance at Owens in the fall semester immediately after Spring high school graduation,
  • Qualifies for the Federal Pell Grant in the fall semester immediately after Spring 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 22, or (b.) Compass Writing 69, plus Compass Reading 78, or (c.) Asset Writing 41, plus Asset Reading 37. 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, fees, and an allotment for books 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 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 2016-2017 deadline for the application and all documentation is July 1, 2016.

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 Admissions at 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext 7777 (Toledo-area Campus) or ext 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 100% 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 Department of Higher Education 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 Department of Higher Education 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 nation's top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor's 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 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.

For more information, visit and click on Scholarships. Most deadlines are in early February for the upcoming academic year.

Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation Scholarships

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation has an extensive scholarship program for area students. The online scholarship application, instructions and deadlines are available on their website at

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.

Scholarship Search engines
There are numerous free scholarship searches available to you, such as the ones listed below. It is recommended that students do not pay for anyYou should avoid scholarship searches or applications since there are numerous free scholarship searches availablewhich require a fee. Click here for more information on how to spot potential scholarship scams.

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