Scholarships

Cleveland State Community College strives to make college affordable to everyone interested in higher education. We provide scholarships not only to high achieving students but also to new high school graduates, transfer students, non-traditional students, and low-income students.

How To Apply

All of our scholarships are available through our online scholarship application. Applicants can complete the general application for most scholarship opportunities, although some scholarships require students to answer additional questions to qualify for those funds. Students must be accepted to Cleveland State and have access to their CougarNet to apply for scholarships.

Please click the links below to view the various available scholarships and application requirements in our online scholarship application.

Available Scholarships

Online Scholarship Application

Scholarship Opportunities

Foundation Scholarships

Each year, the Cleveland State Community College Foundation provides a number of scholarships based on academic achievement and need. Students can browse all available Foundation Scholarship awards and requirements by clicking on the “Available Scholarships” link above. Award amounts vary.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 2.0 college GPA
    • 2.0 high school GPA for incoming freshmen with 0 college credits.
  • Must be degree seeking
  • Must be enrolled in at least one class that is in-program
  • Recipients must submit a Thank-You Letter to their scholarship donor

Presidential Honors Scholarship

The scholarship provides financial support to academically motivated students by assisting with the cost of books and other educational expenses such as non-mandatory fees. Interested students should complete the supplemental application, which includes short essay questions and requires a letter of recommendation. Recipients of the scholarship will join the Honors College at Cleveland State. Award amount: $1,000 per semester for up to four semesters.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 3.5 high school GPA required to apply
  • Maintain a 3.25 college GPA
  • Commit to joining the Honors College
  • Enroll in at least 15 hours each semester, typically with an Honors course, as needed to maintain timely
    progress toward completion of degree
  • Be enrolled in at least one class that is within the student’s program of study each semester

The George R. Johnson Entrepreneurship Scholarship

The George R. Johnson Entrepreneurship Scholarship is available to incoming and current Entrepreneurship students at Cleveland State Community College. The scholarship requires an application and an interview with the Entrepreneurship program committee. Scholarship funds can be used to assist with the cost of books and other educational expenses, such as non-mandatory fees. Interested students should complete the supplemental application, which includes a short essay. Award amount: $500 per semester for up to four sequential semesters, for a total scholarship award of $2,000 over two years.

Requirements for Scholarship – To be eligible for the scholarship, students must

Major in Entrepreneurship
Join and actively participate in the Cleveland State Student Entrepreneurship Club
Maintain full time enrollment status (12 credit hours or more)

Maintaining the Scholarship – Students earning the George R. Johnson scholarship are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and maintain a 2.5 GPA. In addition, membership and active participation in the Entrepreneurship Club each semester is required to maintain eligibility.

If students who do not meet the requirements for maintaining the scholarship, either for hours per semester, GPA, or participation in the club, the student can write a letter to the Entrepreneurship committee explaining their situation and ask for a semester to reestablish the minimum requirements. The committee will review the letter and if the request is granted, the student will have one semester to correct the deficiency(s).

Access & Diversity Grant

The purpose of the Access and Diversity Grant Program is to enhance the rate of participation, progression, and completion in higher education by a diverse population of students. Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify:

  • 2.0 college GPA
    • 2.0 high school GPA for incoming freshmen with 0 college credits.
  • 25 years or older
  • Low income (Pell eligible)
  • Majoring in a high-need program of study with Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP), this includes Computer Information Technology, Advanced Techology Majors, and Health Professional Programs
  • Be a resident of either McMinn, Meigs, or Monroe counties.
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 in-program credit hours

Award amounts: $500 per semester

Contact Information

If you have questions or need to turn in scholarship documents to the Financial Aid Office, please visit the Enrollment Services Center in the Student Center or contact us via e-mail at enroll@clevelandstatecc.edu