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CPS Scholarship Partnerships

Colleges Want Cincinnati Public School Graduates 

Below is a list of generous scholarship opportunities reserved for CPS graduates at partner colleges and universities.

Most Colleges and Universities charge for admissions applications. Students who demonstrate financial need can apply for college application fee waivers. More information.

Art Academy of Cincinnati

Chatfield College

  • Name: Chatfield Achievement Grant
  • Number of Spots: Unlimited
  • Amount: Cost of Tuition and Fees + Book allowance (when combined with federal, state, and institutional aid)
  • Application deadline: no deadline. Must apply for admission by the application deadline publicized for each term.
  • Requirements:
    • Graduate of Cincinnati Public Schools during or after 2018
    • Must have attended Cincinnati Public Schools for a minimum of 1 academic year prior to graduation
    • Attending college for the first time
    • 2.20 GPA or better
    • Must be Federal Pell Grant eligible (linked to FAFSA completion)
    • Once you begin college, you must be continually enrolled in full-time course load for Fall and Spring semesters (12+ credit hours)
  • Next Steps:

Cincinnati State

  • Name: Be Great Grant 
  • Number of Spots: No limit
  • Amount: Up to $1,000 for tuition and up to $1,000 for books 
  • Application Deadline: undefined 
  • Requirements: 
    • Graduate of Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) high schools and Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC) high school. 
    • First-time freshman 
    • Pell-grant Eligible
    • Must attend Cincinnati State full-time (at least 12 credit hours each term)
  • Next Steps: 

Eastern Kentucky University

  • Name: New Horizon
  • Number of Spots: Up to 2
  • Application Deadline: March 1 
  • Amount: Up to Full Cost of Tuition  
  • Requirements:
    • High school grade point average of 2.5 or higher 
    • ACT composite score of 18 or better (or SAT equivalent) to be considered.
    • Students must also have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), be considered PELL eligible and have submitted the New Horizon Scholarships application
  • Next Steps: 
  • Additional Supports: CPS students who have a 3.0 unweighted cumulative GPA and qualify for federal PELL grant assistance, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), are automatically eligible for the PELL Plus program. Students in this category will receive in-state tuition and are automatically considered for in-state merit scholarships offered to Kentucky residents based upon their high school GPA and standardized test scores.

    Miami University

    • Name: Cincinnati Scholars
    • Number of Spots: 10–20 (Dependent on yearly budget.)
    • Application Deadline: Miami Bridges (September 27) and Admission Application (December 1)
    • Amount: Full Cost of Attendance (minus Expected Family Contribution as determined by the FAFSA and $3,500 self-help (can use outside scholarships or loans to cover this) 
    • Requirements:
      • Minimum of 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale or top 25 percent of graduating class
      • Rigorous curriculum
      • Demonstrated leadership/co-curricular involvement
      • Test scores (PLAN, ACT, SAT, PSAT)
      • Attend Bridges Program 
      • Priority will be given to participants of the Girls to Women and M.O.R.E. programs — though this is not a requirement for eligibility 
    • Next Steps: 

    Northern Kentucky University

    • Name: Educational Diversity Scholarship  
    • Number of Spots: Up to 5 
    • Application Deadline: February 15
    • Amount: Full cost of tuition, room and board 
    • Requirements:
      • 2.5 unweighted GPA or higher
      • U.S. citizen or permanent resident 
      • First-time freshman admitted to NKU
    • Next Steps: 

    Northern Kentucky University

    • Name: SOAR
    • Number of Spots: Up to 5 
    • Application Deadline: February 15
    • Amount: Up to $10,000 toward tuition, books and/or housing based on need 
    • Requirements:
      • Study of STEM major (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math)
      • Fill out FASFA Application 
    • Next Steps: 

    Ohio State University

    • Name: Youngs Scholars Program
    • Number of Spots: Varies, on average 15
    • Application Deadline: Spring Semester (check with your school counselor) 
    • Amount: Robust financial aid package to the Ohio State University, consisting of federal and state grants, work-study, and the Young Scholars Award. 
    • Requirements:
      • Must apply and participate starting in 8th grade 
      • Be currently enrolled in 8th grade and entering 9th grade 
      • Have a strong desire and motivation to enroll in and graduate from a 4-year college or university
      • Qualify as low-income and have a family income that is at or below the household maximum income guidelines
      • Parents or guardians have not received a bachelor's degree
      • Have an interest in attending The Ohio State University and residing on campus in Columbus, Ohio, during their first and second years
      • Maintain a minimum, unweighted grade point average of 3.3 or above
      • Have earned grades of all or mostly As (with few Bs and Cs) in core academic subjects
      • Demonstrate good school attendance and positive behavior
      • Reside in the state of Ohio and be enrolled in a Cincinnati Public School
      • Commit to successful completion of a college prep curriculum in high school
    • Next Steps: 

    Skidmore College — Saratoga Springs, New York

    • Name: Skidmore College Opportunity Program
    • Number of Spots: Up to 4
    • Application Deadline: January 15, though November 15 is suggested for priority 
    • Amount: 100 percent of demonstrated need, often leaves families paying $0 out of pocket, books and supplies are covered, students have access to free printing, photo copying and faxing, cultural experiences and, supplemental academic advising, social support tools 
    • Requirements:
      • 3.3+ GPA — while taking a courseload more challenging than average peer 
      • 22+ACT Composite or 1,050+ SAT is preferred, though scores are not required
      • Ideally Maintained four years in the five core subjects (English, Science, Social Studies, Math, and Foreign Language)
      • Interview is not required, but suggested  
      • Must fill out FAFSA as well as a CSS profile 
    • Tips: 
      • DACA students need to apply Early Decision to qualify for this scholarship. 
      • Students with a composite ACT below 21 should apply "Test Optional" 
    • Next Steps: 
      • Apply to Skidmore ($65 application fee) (January 15 deadline
        • Skidmore will waive application fees if students request it and have a demonstrated need.
      • Fill out FAFSA (free application) (February 1 deadline
      • CSS Profile (February 1 deadline

    University of Cincinnati

    • Name: Pride Grant 
    • Number of Spots: No limit
    • Amount: A combination with federal, state and institutional aid, that equals the full cost of tuition and a book allowance for those who might not otherwise be able to afford a college education. 
    • Application Deadline: March 1 
    • Requirements:
      • 2.2 GPA & graduation from CPS school 
      • Cannot first attend another college (unless that other college is Cincinnati State)
      • Must qualify for the Federal Pell Grant (linked to FAFSA application) 
    • Next Steps: 

    University of Cincinnati

    • Name: Gen 1 
    • Number of Spots: 25 
    • Award: $2,000 per Semester Scholarship for Living On Campus + 1 year of scholarship to cover the an unlimited mealplan. 
    • Application Deadline: December 1  
    • Requirements:
      • First Generation — neither parent earned a bachelor's degree within six years of high school graduation 
      • Pell-eligible (determined by FAFSA application) 
    • Next Steps:

    University of Dayton

    • Name: Flyer Promise
    • Application Deadline: December 1 
    • Amount: All of tuition plus up to $7,500 of the students' housing and meal plan charges.
    • Requirements: 
      • 3.0 high school GPA (can be weighted), 
      • Total family income of $75,000 or less (including non-custodial parents), 
      • Pell Grant Eligible (this is linked to Federal Financial Aid Application — FASFA) 
    • Next Steps: 
      • Apply to the University of Dayton by December 1 (free application) 
      • Fill out your FAFSA application by December 1 (free application) 
      • If you meet above criteria and deadlines, you'll be invited to interview in January before final determination of scholarship award is made
      • No additional steps are required, you will be considered if you apply and meet the above requirements 

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