Advancing an Inclusive Biotech Economy in Ohio: Prospective Students - Science


Program Overview

The Advancing an Inclusive Biotech Economy in Ohio (IBE) COF program, which is aligned with The Ohio State University institutional goals, is to develop students in STEM majors that integrate into the biotechnology sector of Ohio’s economy. IBE-Science provides a scholarship to incoming freshman studying a Bachelor's in Science (BS) in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, and Zoology. In Ohio, biotechnology companies represent a strong and growing sector. Due to its statewide economic development and system-wide educational initiatives, Ohio has attracted investment and operations from many major biotechnology and life science companies, particularly in the central area of the state. IBE-Science supports a diverse group of students in high demand Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University. The awards amount will be determined by the college and will be distributed equally across the Autumn and Spring semesters. 

Awards for Academic Areas:
Academic Areas Autumn Spring

Biochemistry; Chemistry; Microbiology; Molecular Genetics; Zoology

Columbus Campus only 




Eligible students who apply to The Ohio State University and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are invited to apply for the OSU-COF scholarship through ScholarshipUniverse. The COF scholarship eligibility criteria includes:  

  • Be an Ohio resident.  
  • Be accepted and enrolled as a full-time or part-time student at The Ohio State University and declare a STEMM major approved by the program.  
  • Write essays outlining career aspirations and commitment to diversity.  
  • Must be an incoming freshman.  
  • Must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher.  


Application process to IBE-Science COF is typically opened December 1 with a priority due date of February 1. The application, however, will remain open until April 15. Applicants after the February 1 priority date will be added to the waitlist.

To apply for the IBE-Science COF scholarship program, click here. For questions, contact us