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Scholarship Resources

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


Ethics for Young People: 2019 Students of Integrity Scholarships

  • $1,000 scholarships for post-secondary education for high school Seniors from The BBB Center for Ethics.
  • Resolve ethical dilemmas in essay format.
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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 2020).
  • $2.5 million each year will be awarded to students whose families earn less than $60,000 annually.

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The Art Academy Full Ride Scholarships

The Art Academy of Cincinnati is partnering with Cincinnati Public Schools to provide two full-ride, tuition-free scholarships over four years, which will cover the cost of tuition and fees over a four year span. The total cost of one four year scholarship equaling $133,600.

  • The scholarship is open to any high school student currently enrolled in the Cincinnati Public School District.
  • The student must be Pell eligible in order to apply for the scholarship.
  • Cincinnati Public School students applying for the scholarship must go complete a general Art Academy application process upon to be accepted into the college.
  • A separate online application specific to the scholarship will also need to be completed, along with a letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, high school teacher or staff from CPS is required. Items can be emailed.
  • Any student granted the scholarship will be required to take out a $3,000 loan to pay for supplies and additional expenses over their college career.

All deadlines for FAFSA and application materials are due no later than April 1, 2019. Scholarship decisions will be made by May 1, 2019.

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Women's Alliance, Inc., Senior Award

Women's Alliance, Inc., a service organization dedicated to assisting minority female youth in the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton area, is offering a Senior Award. The award was established in 1976 to promote and acknowledge deserving senior high school minority females who have demonstrated academic achievement, citizenship and community service. The nominee selected, will be the recipient of a four-year scholarship. Each year, this scholarship will provide a $2,000 award payable in two installments, and also cover expenses for textbooks up to $1,000 per year. The four-year scholarship will be granted pending acceptance by an accredited college or university. 

Each nominee must have a minimum 2.50 GPA or above and write an essay as to why she should be considered for this scholarship. The final recipient will be notified in late May of 2019.

Each nominee must submit a completed application by April 1, 2019, (postmark date) and include the following four items: 

  1. Completed Application and Essay
  2. Recent Photo
  3. Official High School Transcript 
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation (One letter must be from a staff member from your high school).

Deadline for mailing: April 1, 2019.

Application Packet

GCABJ Scholarships

The Greater Cincinnati Association of Black Journalists (GCABJ) is offering three $1,000 GCABJ Legacy scholarships for college-bound seniors that aspire to major in journalism, communications, broadcasting or any other media related field.

Application requirements:

  • Your resume to reflect extracurricular activities, employment and community service.
  • A 500-word essay explaining who inspired your career path and the importance of journalism in 2019 and beyond.

Deadline: Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Applications are available at greatercincyabj.com. (You will be required to create a Gmail account.)

Or send the documents to:
C. Fuller
1700 Young Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

2019 CGCS-Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship Program

The Council of the Great City Schools and The Harris Institute are awarding four scholarships, with a value of $5,000 each, to two African American and two Hispanic students currently completing their senior year of high school in a member district of the Council of the Great City Schools.

Deadline: April 12, 2019

Scholarship Information (downloadable PDF)
Scholarship Application

The Caleb Brown, Jr., Scholarship

The Delta Theta Sigma Chapter and the Delta Theta Sigma Foundation will award a scholarship in honor of Caleb Brown, Jr., to a young man in the Cincinnati area. The amount awarded will total $1,500. (The funds will be disbursed directly to the institution of higher education that the recipient will be attending in two separate payments — one before the fall semester and the other before the spring semester.)

Applicant must be:

  • Male, African American High School student graduating in Spring of 2019
  • Attending a high school in the Greater Cincinnati area
  • Accepted into a four-year accredited college or university

Deadline: April 15, 2019.

The application can be emailed, faxed or mailed. If mailed, the application must be postmarked by March 29, 2019. They can be sent to:

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
c/o Brown Scholarship
P.O. Box 1334
Cincinnati, OH 45201
Attn: Terry Grooms

Information and Application

CPS Superintendent Scholarship

CPS Superintendent Laura Mitchell is offering scholarships up to $1,200 to support the purchasing of college campus living essentials for complete readiness to move onto the college campus of the student's choice in Fall 2019.

To be considered for the award, a student must be confirmed to a college for Fall 2019 with plans to live on campus and be a CPS graduate of the class of 2019. Applicants will be considered on a variety of factors, including GPA, co-curricular activities, an essay and recommendation from a CPS teacher or counselor.

Deadline: 12:00 midnight Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Recipients will be notified by Friday, May 24, 2019.


RefugeeConnect Student Scholarship

RefugeeConnect Student Scholarship invests in refugee students by providing financial awards for refugees to pursue higher education in Greater Cincinnati and beyond.


  • An applicant must be a refugee residing in the Greater Cincinnati tri-state area, who is planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at an accredited public, private or technical college or university in the United States.
  • There are no age restrictions on this application, all refugees pursing higher education are encouraged to apply, including high school seniors, high school graduates and GED earners.
  • Scholarships award amounts vary each year and are dependent on the generosity of our Greater Cincinnati community. Scholarship awards can be used at any accredited public, private, technical college or university in the United States.
  • The goal is to support refugee students on a pathway to finding meaningful careers as contributing members of our community and adopted country.

Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Scholarship recipient will be announced summer 2019 and awarded Fall 2019.


NKU SOAR Scholarship

  • Incoming freshman scholarships SOAR scholarship: requires Math ACT of 23 and declaration of STEM Major
  • CINSAM (Center For Integrated Natural Science And Mathematics) Scholarship: requires high school GPA 3.0 or higher, Math ACT of 22 or higher and declaration of STEM Major
  • William H. Greaves Scholarship: requires ACT composite of 25 or higher, rank in top 25 percent of high school class, declaration of STEM Major.

For all scholarships, fill out your FAFSA application online.

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Scholarships for Caregivers

The Caring.com Scholarship

The Student-Caregiver Scholarship from Caring.com provides financial assistance to students who are caring for an adult relative while enrolled in college. Two scholarships of $1,500 are awarded each year to student-caregivers to help cover costs of tuition and books.

Applicants must be:

  • full-time college students at an accredited two-or-four-year college or university in the United States, OR
  • full-time high school students who are registered to attend a qualifying institution the following semester.

Interested students can submit either a 1,500-word essay or a two-minute video addressing the following questions:

  • Who are you caring for and how are you involved as their caregiver?
  • How has your role as a caregiver influenced the decision for your major/career path?
  • How would this scholarship be helpful to you in your current student-caregiving role?

Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, June 30, 2019

Information and application

The SeniorHomes.com Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000 to two students.
  • Description: The SeniorHomes.com Caregiver Scholarship is intended for students who are passionate about helping seniors live healthy lives and are pursuing careers in senior care. The award can be used toward tuition and/or books.
  • Applicant Eligibility: Applicants must be actively enrolled in or accepted to attend a U.S. college or university and pursuing a career in senior care.
  • Application Requirements: Applicants must submit either a 500-word essay or 2-3 minute video addressing a topic related to elder care.

Deadline: The 2019 deadline has not been released.

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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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LNESC and LULAC established the LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF) to help youth in underserved communities make the dream of college enrollment a reality. NSF Award Criteria: Applicants are eligible for the following three types of scholarship awards:

  1. National Scholastic Achievement Awards ($2,000):
     GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale or equivalent, and if the student is an entering freshman, 29 or higher on the ACT test, or 1350 or higher on the SAT test.
  2. Honors Awards ($500 to $2,000): 
    GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale or equivalent, and if the student is an entering freshman, 23 or higher on the ACT test, or 1100 or higher on the SAT test.
  3. General Awards ($250 to $1,000):
    Grades and academic performance will serve as indicators of potential; however, an emphasis may be placed on the individual's motivation, sincerity and community involvement.

Deadline: March 31, 2019​

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