Future Scientists of Ohio - Choose Ohio First Scholarship (COFS) Program


About the Program

The Choose Ohio First Scholarships are funded by the State of Ohio with the objective of increasing the number of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates and retaining them in jobs within the state. These scholarships will be used to recruit and support STEM or STEM-education students at OSU. The Future Scientists of Ohio Scholarship Program (FSO) is particularly designed to encourage community college students to transfer to OSU to complete their four year STEM degree.

FSO-Choose Ohio First Scholarships will be available to assist in funding tuition, fees and room and board. The FSO-COF scholarship recipients will be expected to participate in mentoring activities and undergraduate research opportunities designed to assist in integrating into OSU as well as science outreach activities within the OHSE.


  • Provide bridge courses and experiences to facilitate the transition of community college students to Ohio State University.
  • Reinvent first year and second year science courses to provide enhanced learning and increase retention in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) majors.
  • Provide scholarship funding for transfer STEM majors.

ESI-COF Transfer Renewal Requirements

  • Maintain successful academic performance of a GPA at or above a 3.0.
    • If the GPA goes below 3.0, apply for renewal anyway as students who drop below 3.0 once can still receive the scholarship for one more semester while they bring up their GPA. If the score stays below 3.0, then the student is removed from the program after the one semester probation period has passed. 
  • Remaining in and progressing toward an eligible STEM major: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Students can be full time or part time, but the scholarship award will be prorated to their credit hour totals. 
  • Completion of the end of the year survey.
  • Sending in an academic transcript at the end of the year. 
  • Contributing at least 30 hours of service to OHSE programming.

Positive performance in the OHSE are the criteria used to determine continuation of funding. These scholarships are distributed on the condition of continued support of the COF Scholarship program by the Ohio Board of Regents.

All OHSE Scholarship Recipients Must

  • Attend yearly meetings and complete necessary paperwork (forms, surveys, etc.)
  • In their freshmen and sophomore years commit to participating in at least three hours of science outreach per week within the OHSE programs. (The programs continue through the 15 week period and the volunteers can choose to change their programs within the OHSE in the following semester.)
  • In their third and fourth years, students are expected to focus on career development. They can either interview for at least 5 opportunities (research/internship/co-op) and put the same amount of time commitment (3hrs/week or 45hrs/semester) into research/internship or co-op throughout the year or continue to contribute forty-five hours per semester (3hrs/week) working within the OHSE.