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The Ohio State University Ohio House of Science and Engineering (OHSE) is the home to the Choose Ohio First scholarship program. Founded in 2005, OHSE aims to improve science technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) education throughout central Ohio in grades K-20. OSHE has numerous well-established STEMM outreach and public science literacy programs that have been supporting scholars with community building and engagement, academic support, and professional development throughout their undergraduate and graduate academic careers. OHSE offers COF scholarships to successful STEMM students at The Ohio State University main and regional campuses. 

Choose Ohio First 

The Choose Ohio First (COF) scholarship is a state-funded award by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) designed to significantly strengthen Ohio’s competitiveness within STEMM disciplines. ODHE provides funding to The Ohio State University to support students in innovative academic programs and encourage the economic strength of the State of Ohio. In addition to receive the scholarship, OHSE and COF are committed to support the next generation of Ohio STEMM scholars and industry leaders. The Ohio State University offers the following COF Programs for incoming freshmen and transfer STEMM students: 

Contacts for Academic Areas:
Program Academic Areas Contact

Innovators for a New STEMM Workforce (INSW) 

Columbus Campus only 

Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics 

Eduan Martínez-Soto, MS 
614-247-9343 
ohse@osu.edu 

Innovators for a New STEMM Workforce (INSW) 

Columbus Campus only 

Pharmaceutical Sciences 

Jessica Mercerhill, PhD 
614-247-5540 
mercerhill.1@osu.edu  

Innovators for a New STEMM Workforce (INSW) 

Columbus Campus only 

Nursing  

Wendy Bowles PhD, APRN-CNP, CNE 
614-292-4928 
bowles.107@osu.edu  

Excellence Fellowship in Computing (EFC)

Columbus Campus only 

Computer & Information Science (CIS) and Computer Science & Engineering (CSE)  CSE Advising Office
614-292-1900
ugadvising@cse.ohio-state.edu

Innovators for a New STEMM Workforce (INSW) 

Lima, Mansfield, and Marion Campuses only 

Engineering Technology (BSET) 

True Carmicle 
614-688-8074 
eng-coe-scholarships@osu.edu  

OHSE encourages you to navigate our website, where you will find information on programs, opportunities, events, scholar spotlights, and more information for prospective and current scholars.