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Scholarships & Financial Aid

Africentric Personal Development Shop (APDS)

Non-profit behavioral healthcare agency providing alcohol and drug treatment, licensed counseling, domestic violence education and intervention programs, and support services for families affected by addiction. They also offer a summer camp, UCANN Serve and UCANN Lead programs for ages 11-17 to experience mentorship and civic engagement, Urban GEMS science and gardening after-school program for ages 12-19, and awards two scholarships per year for youth ages 17-22 pursuing higher education. The organization was founded by and centers the African community but serves all regardless of race, gender, disability, or economic status.
1409 East Livingstone Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 253-4448
apdsinc.org

American Legion

Offers support programs for veterans and their family, such as temporary financial assistance, a cash grant to support minor children of veterans who are eligible for American Legion membership. They also offer youth programming, award college scholarships, and list veteran discounts and services and places to find counseling and mental health support.
Contact Information: legion.org/contact
legion.org

AmeriCorps & ServeOhio

A work program for adults age 18 and older that helps pay for college in exchange for their service through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Members tutor kids, build homes, help with disaster recovery and more. The projects can be full-time or part-time over a 9 to 12-month period or during the summer in many locations throughout Ohio and the US. After serving, young adults are eligible for an education award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 728-2916
National Service Hotline: (800) 942-2677
AmeriCorps: americorps.gov
ServeOhio: serveohio.org

Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs

The U.S. Department of State sponsors multiple programs for educational, cultural, and professional exchanges across the world. Full scholarships for youth are available.
High School Study Abroad: exchanges.state.gov/highschool

City Year Columbus

A division of AmeriCorps that brings together youth ages 18 to 24 for a year of full-time community service and leadership development. Participants work in local schools and may receive education awards, scholarships and paid stipends.
350 East First Avenue, Suite 250, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 586-4520
cityyear.org/columbus

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) Financial Aid

Their financial aid page has information about local, state and federal scholarship and grant opportunities.
550 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
cscc.edu/services/financial-aid
Financial Aid Answers 24/7: cscc.financialaidtv.com

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) Upward Bound

Pre-college program for high school students to build resiliency and gain the tools needed to successfully apply to and complete a college program. The program includes individualized tutoring and content instruction, cultural and social activities, college tours, and participants can earn money for completing all elements of the program. Participants must be income-eligible 9th and 10th graders at East, Linden-McKinley, Mifflin, Northland, or Independence High School.
550 East Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 287-5353 or (614) 287-5340
cscc.edu/services/upwardbound

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium & The Wilds

The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium offers several educational opportunities for youth. They offer week-long day camps for Grades 1-7, with optional extended care for an additional fee. The 4-day and 4-week summer camps are for ages 3-entering Kindergarten. youth participate in a variety of activities designed to have fun and promote environmental awareness, including hands-on animal experiences. ZooKids is a preschool program for ages 3-5 multiples days per week during the school year. They also offer Dayventures and Summer Camps at The Wilds conservation center in Cumberland, Ohio. Scholarships are available.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Chapter Youth Initiatives

Offers programming for youth ages 11-18 focused on leadership training, mentorship and empowerment. The sessions are comprised of fun, interactive, educational and community service activities. The activities are a 10-month commitment. They also offer college scholarships.
P.O. Box 163304, Columbus, Ohio 43216
(614) 470-1913
columbusohdeltas.org/youthapplications

Form Your Future

Provides helpful information on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
formyourfuture.org

Gratitude Initiative

Provides educational support and college scholarships for children with a parent in military service or law enforcement. Scholarships exist for children whose parent was wounded or killed, active duty, honorably discharged or a law/corrections officer that was injured, killed, or died by suicide. Check the website for program requirements and application details.
101 Vintage Drive, Red Oak, Texas 75154
(817) 200-7465
gratitudeinitiative.org

Handshake America

High school student athletes participate in a one-year “coaching” program to develop skills in perseverance, professionalism, positivity and more. The program consists of a college scholarship, the assignment of a Handshake Coach, and several meetings throughout the calendar year to help prepare student-athletes for their future. The students submit applications in the middle of their junior year.
4010 East Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
handshakeamerica.org

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU)

National association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), colleges and universities committed to helping Hispanic students achieve success in higher education. Find information on internships, scholarships, college programs, pre-college support, career development programs, research opportunities, and more.
National Headquarters: (210) 692-3805
hacu.net/hacu/HACU_Student_Programs.asp

I Know I Can (IKIC)

Offers a range of services for students in Columbus City Schools to prepare them to enter and succeed in college, including providing help with financial aid and scholarships.
4200 East Regent Street, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 233-9510
iknowican.org

Imagine America Foundation

Sponsors scholarships for students attending or planning to attend career colleges or technical schools. They have scholarships for high school graduates and grants for military students. Imagine America also has scholarship opportunities for adult learners. Their website has useful information on how to apply for scholarships and grants. Visit the website for contact information.
imagine-america.org

Kiwanis Northwest Columbus

Volunteer organization serving kids in Northwest Columbus. They host several youth soccer programs, including Kiwanis Soccer Buddies for children K-6 with special needs. They also volunteer for habitat restoration at Upper Arlington parks, host Aktion Club for adults with disabilities, and award college scholarships to high school students with or without a documented disability. Find program details and contact information online.
northwestkiwanis.com

My Brother’s Keeper Village (MBKV)

This City of Columbus program serves ages 5-23, and all services are free. Their goal is to promote safe and supportive communities where boys and young men of color are valued and have clear pathways to opportunity. They offer summer paid internships for high school students. The We Rise scholarship is awarded to high school students to close any remaining financial gap after all federal and state educational scholarships have been utilized. Details are online.
(614) 257-6300
cul.org/initiatives/i-am-my-brothers-keeper-iambk

 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS)

Current high school students whose home school district is Columbus City Schools Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, South or Marion-Franklin High can access homework help, cultural field trips, college tours, test prep, and career exposure year-round. The summer  experience is a six-week program offering college preparation, internship opportunities, and more. This program is free for eligible students. Visit the website for more information and how to apply.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
nationwidechildrens.org/upwardbound

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Volunteen Program

Teen volunteers work in many areas, including the information desk, gift shop, sibling Clubhouse, clinic waiting rooms, Close to Home Centers and in office settings. Teens must be 15 and in high school to participate, and opportunities are available during the school year and summer.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-3635
nationwidechildrens.org/teen-volunteers
Volunteen College Scholarship: nationwidechildrens.org/giving/ways-to-give/volunteering/current-volunteers/teen-volunteer-scholarship
Volunteering for college students, adults, and groups: nationwidechildrens.org/giving/ways-to-give/volunteering

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Scholarship Programs

Ohio provides scholarships to private schools for students attending low-performing public schools, scholarships for families considered low income, and students with learning disabilities to schools or programs to meet students’ needs. Go online for information about the EdChoice Program, Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program, Autism Scholarship Program, and additional educational resources.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 728-2743 or (877) 644-6338
Subscribe for Text Alerts for each scholarship program: education.ohio.gov/Media/Sign-up-for-Text-Alerts/Subscribe-to-Ohio-Education-Options-Text-Alerts
education.ohio.gov/Scholarships

Ohio Department of Higher Education (OhioHigherEd)

Their website has information about two-year and four-year programs, credit transfer, ways to help finance college and more. They also offer Ohio callers information on preparation for college, admissions, student financial aid, scholarship information and general facts about enrollment at colleges and universities throughout Ohio; visit their Contact Us page for those contacts.

25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-6000
ohiohighered.org/students
ohiohighered.org/contact-us

Ohio Education & Training Voucher (ETV) Program

This federally-funded, state-administered program helps youth who were in U.S. foster care. Students may receive up to $5,000 a year for qualified school related expenses. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students.
General: (855) 471-1931
Education Services: (219) 426-2166
ETV Program: fosteredservices.org/ohio-etv
Foster to Success Programs: fc2success.org

Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition

Provides young artists in Ohio with opportunities to advance their talent through scholarships or simply experiencing the process of entering their work in a competition. The exhibition is open to all Ohio high schools, both public and private, chartered by the State of Ohio Department of Education.
197 South Westmoor Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 272-1678
govart.org
govart.org/scholarships.htm

Ohio PTA Memorial Scholarship Program

Ohio Parent Teacher Association (PTA) offers scholarships in three areas: academic, technical and special education. Each scholarship award is $500. In order to apply, high school seniors must attend a school in a district that has one or more schools with official PTA status.
40 Northwoods Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 781-6344
ohiopta.org/scholarships

Ohio Reach

Provides resources like scholarships, mentorship and community events to foster care alumni enrolled in higher education. Ohio Reach is administered by the Ohio Children’s Alliance in partnership with the Ohio Department of Higher Education and acts as a network of professionals, advocates, and students across the State of Ohio determined to support former foster youth on their higher education journey. Visit the website for contact information.
ohioreach.org

Ohio State University (OSU) Upward Bound

Free program for income-eligible Columbus City high school students. Accepted students can access year-round tutoring, test prep, career development services, and more. The Summer Institute is a 6-week program that includes coursework, career day, college visits, and the opportunity to take actual college courses at OSU for college credit.  First-generation and/or eligible 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who attend or live in the service areas of Briggs, East, South, or Walnut Ridge High Schools are highly encouraged to apply.
(614) 292-1896
odi.osu.edu/upward-bound

Quest Bridge

A nonprofit organization that supports high-achieving, low-income students to achieve success in college through their programs that offer an academic mentoring program for juniors and full four-year scholarships to colleges.
445 Sherman Ave, Palo Alto, California 94306
(888) 275-2054 Toll-free
questbridge.org

Rotary Youth Exchange

Program sponsored by Rotary Clubs for youth ages 15-19 to experience living as an international exchange student. Students attend local schools and live with host families while learning a new language, culture, and leadership skills. Rotary Club covers room and board costs and school fees. Application details vary depending on your local Rotary Club guidelines. Visit the website to find your local Rotary Club and contact them for more information.
rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges
my.rotary.org/en/club-search

St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Microloan Program

Provides individuals with low-interest loans. Loans will be provided for one-time expenses to individuals who can demonstrate that they can pay back the loan. Loans are for expenses such as a car repair, a home repair, educational expenses, and medical expenses not covered by insurance. They do not provide loans for expenses such as rent, food, or utilities. Individuals will also be provided with their own credit union account. They can also use this account for direct deposit of paychecks and to cash checks for free. All applicants will be visited by SVdP financial mentors who will provide information on finances, consumer protection information, and connect to other community resources.
197 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 285-4473 or (614) 221-3554
svdpcolumbus.org/microloan_mission
Contact for Delaware, Fairfield, Knox, Licking and Ross County: svdpcolumbus.org/contact_info
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STEM Summer Bridge Program

This program is an annual no-cost STEM program that prepares high school students to earn their Associate of Science degree at Columbus State Community College (CSCC). Visit the website for contact information.
550 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
cscc.edu/academics/departments/science/futurescientists/stembridge.shtml

Stowe Mission of Central Ohio

A faith-based, non-profit organization that provides various services including a food pantry, free hot lunches, dental clinic, and vision clinic. Their after school program includes academic, spiritual, and emotional support for K-6 students. Transportation is provided from five local schools, but kids from any school district are welcome. They also offer scholarships for graduating seniors at South High School to pursue college or vocational training. The Stowe Pregnancy Resource Center offers free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, and consultation.
888 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 445-8400
stowemission.org

Stowe Pregnancy Resource Center:
(614) 620-7286
stoweprc.org

The Columbus Foundation

Offers over 200 scholarships for students from all walks of life. Visit their website to start your search.
columbusfoundation.org/students/scholarships

The Willie & Vivian Gaddis Foundation for K.I.D.S.

Non-profit empowering marginalized and at-risk youth to pursue educational and artistic opportunities. They offer college tour programs and scholarships. Their website has helpful information for students and families about scholarships, HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges & Universities), college planning, and skilled trades programs.
PO Box 360832, Columbus, Ohio 43236
(614) 706-6909
gaddis4kids.org

TriVillage Mentor League (TVML)

Non-profit offering school-based mentoring to youth in grades K-3 at Stevenson Elementary in Grandview Heights and Greensview Elementary in Upper Arlington. The weekly program is run by their Mentoring Coordinator and volunteer teenage mentors. TVML awards two college scholarships each year to volunteer mentors who are graduating seniors from Grandview and Upper Arlington.
3600 Tremont Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221
(614) 255-7942
tvml.org

U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid & FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Provides free information on preparing for education beyond high school. Students can submit an online application for financial aid (FAFSA), get information about careers and find schools offering majors in those careers. They can also look for scholarships online. Click for a college preparation checklist, that explains how to prepare academically and financially for college with a ‘to do’ list for students and parents.
400 Maryland Avenue, Washington DC, 20202
(800) 433-3243 or (800) 730-8913 TTY
studentaid.gov
Additional Contact Information: studentaid.gov/help-center/contact

United States Senate Youth Program

A week-long experience for two high school juniors or seniors from each state to see national government in action and meet and hear from senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense, directors of other federal agencies and more in Washington, DC. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship. In Ohio, the United States Senate Youth Program makes its student selections from among participants who attend Buckeye Boys State, Buckeye Girls State or the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) program.
(614) 387-3200
ussenateyouth.org
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Scholarships/US-Senate-Youth-Program

USAGov

Provides an official guide to government information and services at the federal level. Examples of topics include financial help, disability services, how to prepare for and recover from disasters and emergencies, housing, jobs and unemployment, as well as taxes, immigration, how to research common U.S. laws, file a complaint, and more.
(844) 872-4681
usa.gov

Youth for Understanding (YFU) USA

YFU offers over 200 full and partial merit-based scholarships and needs-based financial aid annually to students every year to study abroad scholarships.
yfuusa.org/study/scholarships


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