OHSE - Choose Ohio First Scholarship (COFS) Program


About the Program

The OHSE Choose Ohio First Scholarship (COFS) program is a collaboration among the five campuses of The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, and Muskingum College. OSU has established the OHSE to administer the program. OSU-Columbus and UC will build on long-standing NSF-funded GK-12 projects to provide effective delivery of inquiry-based science lessons in K-12 classrooms using COFS recipients. OSU-Columbus will recruit and retain new STEM majors. These scholarship recipients will be trained to become leaders and peer mentors in STEM outreach programs of the OHSE. Muskingum College, already an active partner with the Wonders of Our World (W.O.W.) program that forms a cornerstone of OHSE, will enhance their STEM enrollment through similar activities. All the programs offered through OHSE will use COFS recipients and volunteers from local industries such as Battelle and Chemical Abstracts to feed back their enthusiasm and excitement about their career choices to a younger generation of potential STEM majors. Finally, a new STEM education curriculum at OSU-Columbus along with revitalized curricula at the regional campuses of OSU and Muskingum College will provide COFS recipients with new or more affordable paths towards licensure for middle school and high school STEM teaching.

OHSE-COF Renewal

  • 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.
  • Completion of the end of the year survey.
  • Sending in an academic transcript at the end of the year.
  • Contributing at least 45 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.

Eligible Majors

A list of eligible majors is available to view.