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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: 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
  • 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: 

Cincinnati Public Schools — Intended for Any College or University 

  • Name: Superintendent's Housing Award
  • Amount: $600 per student (one-time award in summer prior to starting college)
  • Number of Spots: Pending funding (Class of 2018 — 7 awards; Class of 2019 — 9 awards; Class of 2020 — 3 awards)
  • Application Deadline: April 10 
  • Requirements:
    • Have applied and been accepted to a college or university 
    • Intend to live in on-campus housing at the college or university of choice 
  • Next Steps: 
    • Fill out Application (April 9 Deadline
    • Must attend the College Signing Day event to receive the award (Date to be determined.)

Eastern Kentucky University

  • Name: New Horizons
  • Number of Spots: Up to 4
  • Application Deadline: March 1 
  • Amount: Full Cost of Tuition  
  • Requirements:
    • High school grade point average of 2.75 or higher 
    • ACT composite score of 20 or better (or SAT equivalent) to be considered.
    • Students must also have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have submitted a Dr. Rodney Gross Scholars' e-application
  • Next Steps: 

Gateway Community & Technical College

  • Name: Tri-State Scholars
  • Number of Spots: Undefined 
  • Application Deadline: March 1 
  • Amount: Unmet Financial Need 
  • Requirements:
    • 2.0+ High School GPA 
    • Resident of : Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Warren or Indiana Counties: Dearborn Ripley, Switzerland 
    • Must be at least ½-time student enrollment (6 credit hours) 
  • Next Steps:

Miami University

  • Name: Cincinnati Scholars
  • Number of Spots: Up to 20
  • Application Deadline: Miami Bridges (September 28) and Admission Application (December 1)
  • Amount: Full Cost of Attendance 
  • 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: March 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
  • Number of Spots: No limit if requirements met and part of program
  • Application Deadline: February 1 
  • Amount: Undefined "Generous Aid Package" 
  • 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 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
  • Number of Spots: 3-4 students
  • Application Deadline: December 1 
  • Amount: Full Cost Of Tuition 
  • 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 *FASFA* Application) 
  • 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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