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Cincinnati Public Schools will list scholarships available to CPS students as information becomes available to us.

CPS Scholarship Partnerships

Cincinnati Public Schools has a list of generous scholarship opportunities reserved for CPS graduates at partner colleges and universities.

See our scholarship partnerships.

Scholarship Resources

This U.S. Department of Labor resource offers 8,000-plus scholarships that can be filtered for level of study, award type, amount, location, gender and deadline.

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Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation

The Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation partners with businesses, foundations and individual donors to provide college scholarships to Greater Cincinnati area students.

See list of scholarships and apply.

The College Grants Database

This site offers information on grants.

Grants information

This database is free to sign up and hosts more than 1.5 million scholarships, which have resulted in more than $3.4 billion in funding.

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Users can save searches and narrow results from the more than 1.5 million scholarships listed and adjust information such as major, year in school, GPA, home zip code, and college or university to meet specific scholarship criteria.

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College Board Opportunity Scholarships

The College Board has created a $25-million scholarship program to guide students through the college-planning process, with incentives offered to earn money for college at specific steps along the way.

  • The program lays out six key steps students can take to plan for college entrance. By completing each step, students earn chances for scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000.
  • Students who complete all six steps can earn a chance at a $40,000 scholarship.
  • The program is open to high school juniors (Class of 2022).
  • $2.5 million each year will be awarded to students whose families earn less than $60,000 annually.

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Scholarship Flier

BBB Students of Integrity Scholarship

The Better Business Bureau’s Center for Ethics sponsors the Students of Integrity Scholarship for students who demonstrate superior understanding of ethics.  

Deadline: noon April 3, 2020

  • Seniors/recent graduates should create and submit short cell-phone videos that showcase their ethical decision making. 
  • One $2,000 winner and three $1,000 winners
  • Details and application   

EEqual Scholarship Awards Program

The EEqual Scholarship is designed to support students who are currently struggling with homelessness, housing instability or extreme poverty. This scholarship covers tuition costs, up to $2,000. This can be used for any type of higher education, including but not limited to community college classes, trade school/trade certifications, bachelor's degrees and so on.

Students are eligible to apply if they are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity as defined under the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program (MV) students in extreme poverty; or students whose family is currently going through a transition) to attain post-secondary education.

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EST Wednesday, March 31, 2021


  • Applicant is a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (D.C.) who is at least 16 years of age and no older than 23 years of age as of the last day of the Program Period located in the United States or D.C.
  • If an applicant is a minor in his/her/their state of residence, they must receive parental consent from his/her/their parent/legal guardian to apply.
  • Citizenship is not a determining factor in your eligibility for this scholarship.
  • Applicants must be on-track to apply for or enrolled in an accredited post-high school/post-secondary educational program (including accredited two-and four-year colleges, universities, vocational-technical and trade schools).
  • Applicants must have a 2.0 Unweighted GPA or higher to be eligible for this scholarship.
  • Applicant may be required to complete an interview as part of the application process.
  • Applicants must be in their last year of high school or have already graduated and at least 16 years of age
  • Applicant must complete the application in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Applicant must be willing to work with the EEqual leadership team and selection committee throughout the application and award process.
  • Applicant has not previously received the EEqual Scholarship.
  • Applicant must have financial need OR has been verified as a McKinney-Vento student by a MV School District Homeless Education Liaison in their public school district, a student experiencing poverty or homelessness, or part of a family in transition. Parameters on homeless status are defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program.

Application and more information.

YWCA of Greater Cincinnati Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship

The YWCA Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship was established in 1993 to provide financial assistance and support to an outstanding Black female Greater Cincinnati high school senior entering a post-secondary institution. The scholarship is offered annually in conjunction with the YWCA Career Women of Achievement 

Deadline: January 20, 2021

To qualify, students must complete and application and meet the following criteria:

  • Student must be a Black female
  • Student must have a minimum scholastic average of "B" (3.0) from most recent grading period
  • Student should be in top one-third of her high school class
  • Student must be able to demonstrate ability to overcome adversity
  • Student must be attending a high school in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area
  • Top three Scholarships will be awarded upon proof of enrollment at a post-secondary institution or college

Applicants are required to write two brief essays — one describing their greatest challenge and how it has affected them, and one explaining what Mamie Earl Sells' philosophy, Lift as We Climb, means to them. A committee will evaluate applicants and select two runners-up and once winner. Evaluation criteria include:

  • Academic achievement (GPA, class rank, SAT/ACT scores, honors and awards)
  • Community Engagement ( extra curricular activities, service, employment)
  • Personal Narrative (letters of recommendation, overcoming challenges and hardships)

Application and more information.

Scholarship Opportunities for Undocumented/DACA Students

DREAMers RoadMap

App and website with scholarship info for DACA/undocumented students. Many scholarships are state/locality specific so be sure to read all information.

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