Grants and Scholarships

The College provides qualified North Central State College students with academic, financial need, and general scholarships for college-related expenses. There are scholarships available for new and current students as well as full-time and part-time students.

Financial need is a specific qualifier for some scholarships. For an applicant to be considered for a scholarship based on financial need, he or she must submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). FAFSAs are submitted online at, opens in a new window. North Central State College’s federal school code is 005313 (this needs to be entered on the FAFSA application). Contact the College’s Financial Aid Office with questions about FAFSA.


Most grants are awarded by the Financial Aid Office. The first step towards receiving a grant is completing the financial aid application process.

Federal Pell Grant

Up to $6195 (for the 2019-2020 year) per year based on degree of need and number of credit hours enrolled

  • 12 or more credit hours is full time
  • 9-11 hours is 3/4 time
  • 6-8 hours is 1/2 time
  • 1-5 hours is 1/4 time

Foundation Tom Carter Memorial Educational Aid Fund

Provides grants for students with financial emergency need (administered by the College Financial Aid Office)

Foundation Necessities Loan Fund

Loan provides for books, uniforms, fees, etc., to students in at least their third College quarter with at least a 2.25 GPA who receive little or no financial aid; loan is forgiven if student graduates from North Central State within four years of first Necessities Fund loan (administered by the College Financial Aid Office)


Tuition Freedom Scholarships logo
Reminder!  To be eligible for the Tuition Freedom Scholarship, you must take action (submitting a FAFSA and other requested documentation, etc.) to have your eligibility for federal student aid determined each year by dates posted on the College Web site.  For 2019-2020, submission deadlines are:

FAFSA Application deadline is July 6, 2020.

Submit any information requested from financial aid by July 16, 2020.

North Central State College Foundation Scholarships

Through the generosity of supporters of the College, over 100 scholarships  are awarded to NC State students each academic year. Our benefactors believe that an educated workforce is vital for the advancement of both the students being supported as well as the entire North Central Ohio community.  The College and its fund raising arm, the North Central State College Foundation, are grateful for the enlightened selflessness of our supporters without whose assistance these scholarships would not be possible.

  • Who may apply? Those who will be regularly enrolled students at the College during the 2020-2021 academic year. A regularly enrolled student is one who has graduated from high school (or received a GED) and is seeking to earn an NC State degree or aid-eligible certificate.
  • Deadline to apply: March 1, 2020.
  • Those awarded a scholarship will be notified by mid April.
  • All applicants must file a 2020-2021 FAFSA by March 1, 2020. NC State’s FAFSA code is 005313
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. You will not be notified if your application is incomplete.
  • Most scholarships carry stipulations (e.g., major, GPA, level of enrollment, place of residence, year-in-college, etc.)
  • Scholarship proceeds will be credited to recipients’ fiscal accounts at the College to help pay tuition expenses. No cash payments will be made to students from scholarship funds.

Application is live from February 1, 2020-March 1, 2020

Application link:

For a complete list of scholarships available visit the North Central State College Foundation

Choose Ohio First Scholarship

for STEMM majors* (* = Science, technology, engineering, math, medical)

Students new to NC State can qualify for a scholarship funded by the State of Ohio. Its purpose is to support Ohioans preparing for careers in STEMM fields and to encourage them to remain in Ohio when they graduate. Benefits:

  • Minimum amount is $1,500 per year, but awards can be higher
  • No need to apply, all who are eligible will be considered
  • Scholarship recipients (called scholars) receive special advising and educational programming

Qualifying majors:

  • Graphic Design
  • Networking
  • Cyber Security
  • Integrated Engineering
  • Bioscience
  • Mathematics
  • Registered Nursing
  • Pre-registered Nursing

Other eligibility factors:

  • No previous NC State enrollment except in CCP classes
  • First time enrollment in fall semester
  • 2.5 GPA in high school or in previous college courses for transfer students
  • Attending at least half-time


  • Scholars are expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • The State of Ohio reserves the right to modify program features and funding.

Outside Scholarships - Offered by Independent Organizations

These scholarships are provided by organizations outside of North Central State College. Please contact these organizations directly to apply for a scholarship.   Scholarship opportunities may be available thru employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

Ashland County Community Foundation Scholarships

Please click here to apply for the Ashland Community Foundations scholarships, opens in a new window and view scholarship opportunities and information about the donors who created each of our scholarship funds.

Students may apply for scholarships beginning January 1 of each year. The application deadline date for scholarships is posted on their website.

Coshocton County Community Foundation Scholarships

The individual applications, deadline date for scholarships are posted on their website

Crawford County Community Foundation Scholarships

The CF4CC currently offers twenty-three different scholarships for students who are currently students at one of the six Crawford County Schools or have graduated from said schools.

Please head over here, opens in a new window for more information on the scholarship opportunities for Crawford County residents.

Homes County Education Foundation Scholarship Program

Holmes County Education Foundation offers a wide variety of scholarships for new students as well as renewal scholarships.

Apply here:

Huron County Community Foundation Scholarship Program

HCCF offers a wide variety of scholarships for high school seniors, current college and graduate students, as well as adult learners returning to education. If you have questions about their scholarships or the applications, please contact 989-269-2850.

Apply here:

Marion Community Foundation Scholarship Program

Marion Community Foundation Scholarship Program – Most of the scholarships are geared towards Marion county students, but there are a handful of Crawford county scholarships as well.

More information on awards; also click on scholarships available to search for Crawford County awards:

The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County Scholarships

Please click here to apply for The Community Fundations of Mount Vernon and Knox County scholarships (PDF), opens in a new window and view scholarship opportunities , opens in a new windowand information about the donors who created each of our scholarship funds.

The application deadline date for scholarships is posted on their website.

Richland County Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships are based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a Richland County resident or graduate from a Richland County high school.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Pursue a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited college or career school.
  • New applicants must achieve a 2.5 GPA or above and previous scholarship recipients applying for a scholarship must achieve at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • The deadline for applying for college scholarships is April 1st each year. Students must apply each year. These are not recurring scholarships.

Wayne County Community Foundation Scholarships

The Wayne County Community Foundation manages over 130 scholarship funds, each with their own criteria.  Scholarships through WCCF may be used for tuition and fees (not including room and board) required for enrollment or attendance at the educational institution. Fees, books, supplies and equipment directly required for courses of instruction are eligible if they can be purchased directly from the school.

The individual applications, deadline date for scholarships are posted on their website.

Wyandotte County Community Foundation Scholarships

The individual applications, deadline date for scholarships are posted on their website.

John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program and the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program

Legislative changes were implemented to help identify applicants who are or were in the foster care system.  These applicants may be eligible for assistance through federal programs for foster youth, such as the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program and the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program.  More info can be found here , opens in a new windowand where the applicant can find contact information , opens in a new windowfor his or her state ETV coordinator.

Independent Living Coordinator/ETV Program Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office of Families and Children Toll-Free: (855) 471-1931 Email:

The Mansfield Noon Optimist

The Scholarship Criteria is as follows:
  1. Have a permanent home address in Richland County
  2. Be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program
  3. Provide two character reference letters
  4. Have a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA)
  5. Scholarship grant dollars will be sent directly to the college or university prior to start of fall semester
  6. If finalist, student may be required to meet with scholarship committee for a personal interview

Application and more info is available here., opens in a new window

Jared Mansfield Chapter - Daughter of the American Revolution Scholarship

Scholarship  is open to all students, in any field of study, including both genders, who will be attending OSU-M or NCSC, Mansfield, OH or the Dwight Schar College of Nursing, Mansfield, OH.  One $300 scholarship will be awarded.  Call scholarship Chair Margie Warner 419-75-8937 or email her at

Application must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2020

May Chaprter No 62, Order of the Eastern Star, PHA Scholarship

Scholarship application can be picked up in the Financial Aid Office.

The following criteria will be considered:

  • Resident of Richland County, Ohio
  • High School Graduation from within Richland County, Ohio
  •  Academic Performance
  • Community Service
  • Personal Essay
  • Financial Need
  • Extenuating Circumstances
  • Recommendations

Their fall scholarship goes to a student who has already successfully completed at least one year (freshman) of college and is currently enrolled as a continuing student (sophomore or higher).
Their spring scholarship goes to a 2020 high school graduate

Spring Application Deadline: January 31, 2020
Fall Application Deadline: June 30, 2020

The Florence Allen Scholarships

Scholarship funds may be used for courses at accredited degree-granting institutions recognized by a state Board of Regents. Must be a female, US citizen, pursuing their first undergraduate degree.
Applications can be requested by email:

Ohio Gas Association Scholarship

Scholarships for OHIO residents attending, or planning to attend an accredited OHIO college, university, technical or trade school. Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Must have a career goal in the crude oil and natural gas industry, or related energy field. Must have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Application and deadline information:

Firelands Electric Scholarships

Firelands Electric Cooperative will award  scholarships to outstanding high school seniors residing in a home served by the co-op. Students will be selected in an application and interview process.

Application and more information:

Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship program targets students pursuing careers in the crude oil and natural gas industry. Must be an OHIO resident OR a student attending, or planning to attend, an accredited OHIO college, university, technical or trade school.

Application and more information:

Samaritan Hospital Foundation Scholarship

Awards for persons residing in Ashland County or UH Samaritan Medical Center employee or immediate family member. To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted in an accredited program in the areas of nursing, medicine or allied medical studies.
Application Deadline: Mid-April
Applications available online around February or by contacting Foundation office at 419-207-7861.

The Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded each year to a qualified student/athletes in Ashland County. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist in deserving high school graduates to further their education. All resident Ashland County senior high school student/athletes are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Application and more information:

Knox Community Hospital Auxiliary Scholarships For Knox County Students

 The purpose of the Knox Community Hospital Auxiliary is to render service to Knox Community Hospital and its patients and to assist Knox Community Hospital in promoting the health and welfare of the community in accordance with the mission and vision established by the institution.

Application and deadline information:

The Knox County Safety Council Scholarship

The Knox County Safety Council is sponsored by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and facilitated by the Knox County Chamber of Commerce. More information can be found here:

Additional scholarship applications are available by contacting Debbie Ruggles at the Chamber of Commerce office at 740-393-1111 or e-mail

Kiwanis Club of Ashland Scholarship

Must attend a high school in Ashland County or live in Ashland County.
Application and more information:

Elks National Foundation Scholarships

Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. The application is completed online only.
Application Deadline: November 5, 2019

Area Agency on Aging Scholarship

A scholarship program to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree that would benefit the field of aging. Applicant must have graduated from a High School located in one of the following Counties: Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca or Wyandot. Must be enrolled in one of the following courses of study: Nursing, Social Work,
Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics or
More information:

Burger King Scholars

The BURGER KING℠ Scholars program assists employees, employees’ spouses or domestic partners, employees’ children and high school seniors in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada in continuing their education.

More information and application can be found here:

Bucyrus Community Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship

The scholarship is open to all Buckeye Central, Bucyrus, Colonel Crawford, and Wynford high school seniors interested in pursuing allied medical, medical, allied dental, or dental careers. Applications are obtained through the high school guidance counselor and interviewing with the Bucyrus Community Hospital Auxiliary’s Scholarship Committee. Please direct all questions to Patty Hope, Bucyrus Community Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Chair, (419)562-7431

Ohio Mutual Crawford Opportunity Award

Ohio Mutual Crawford Opportunity Award is an annually renewable $1,500 scholarship offered to three individuals either living in or attending school in Crawford County whose chosen field of collegiate study aligns with emerging opportunities in the insurance industry. Applications will be available from the guidance counselors at all Crawford County public and private schools, or by emailing

The Amish Descendants Scholarship Fund

The Amish Descendant Scholarship Fund (ADSF) was founded by a small group of former Amish with big dreams — to help other former Amish realize their dreams of earning a college education. Because the Amish only study to the eighth grade, it is challenging for those who leave the community to pursue a higher education. We hope to offer a helping hand by providing financial assistance and support. For more information about ADSF and how to apply, please visit our website: Amish Descendant Scholarship Fund, opens in a new window.

Crawford College Connection

Lists scholarships in area and where to obtain applications.

Educational Service Center of Medina

  • The following scholarships are available through the Educational Service Center of Medina County office:
    • Delmar Graff Scholarship
    • Clearence H. Horn Scholarship
    • Myers Scholarship
    • Harold A. and Louise C. White Scholarship

Application information:
           Deadline: March 18, 2020

AAUW of Medina County Scholarship Fund

Established by the American Association of University Women of Medina County to award scholarships to nontraditional female students. A “nontraditional” student is a woman whose undergraduate education has been interrupted or delayed. Two $1000 scholarships will be awarded. For more information, contact Cheri Ingraham at 330-723-3355.

Information and application available at

College Club West

Tuition grants “up to $2000 or more”, offered to women whose official home residence is within the counties of Cuyahoga, Medina and Lorain counties. They must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in any area of study. The scholarships will be awarded to women 25 years of age and older based on financial need, goals and academic records.

For information and application materials:

Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital - Multiple Scholarships

  • Evangeline Witzeman Nursing Scholarships Two scholarships of up to $1000 each for area nursing students. Four scholarships of up to $1000 in the allied health field (further details regarding qualifying fields from sponsor) Subject to availability of funds.
    • To be eligible to apply, one must:
    • Be a resident in the Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital service area, which includes Copley, Creston, Doylestown, Marshallville, Norton, Rittman, Seville, Sharon Center, Smithville, Spencer, Sterling, Wadsworth and Westfield Center, or an employee of Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital
    • Be officially accepted into an accredited nursing or allied health program
    • Be able to show scholastic ability to maintain satisfactory progress toward completion of the program.
    • Application deadline: mid-June (the date may vary annually)
  • Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital
    • For more scholarship details and applications: Call Marketing Communication at 330 331-1582 or 1-800 828-1789, extension 1583.

Medina County Federal Credit Union Scholarship Programs

Application and deadline information: