Choose Ohio First (COF)

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) partners with the Ohio Department of Higher Education to award Choose Ohio First Program scholarships. The program supports students committed to pursuing majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, or Medical (STEMM) at Tri-C. Scholarship recipients are required to participate in various activities that promote creativity, collaboration, and self-confidence. The activities are designed to help student development in STEMM disciplines and improve students’ chances to complete a baccalaureate degree and/or successfully enter a technical career in STEMM. Qualification criteria include: Ohio resident; freshman status; cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or higher on a 4.0 GPA scale; enrolled in at least 6 credits of classes at the 1000-level or higher during each semester of participation; majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or health-related discipline; available to participate in Choose Ohio First activities.

Supplemental Questions
  1. The purpose of this essay is to tell us why you want to participate in the Choose Ohio First Program and what you wish to accomplish during this experience. What do you hope to gain from partipating in the program? Why have you chosen your particular major and how might this experience help you in your field of study or future career?
  2. Will you be available to participate in Choose Ohio First activities? Activities include the following: meet with a Choose Ohio First mentor at least four times, attend at least five Choose Ohio First meetings on your campus, attend at least two STEMM meetings or conferences related to your field of study, successfully complete the Introduction to Research Methods course at Tri-C or another research techniques course or workshop approved by your Choose Ohio First mentor, produce a STEMM related poster on a year long research or shadowing activity (guided by your Choose Ohio First mentor), attend and present a STEMM related poster at the Student Success Symposium at Tri-C, attend a present a STEMM related poster at a conference approved by your Choose Ohio First mentor, or prepare and present a Choose Ohio First portfolio, with appropriate work, course, or conference material to your Choose Ohio First mentor.