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Scholarships and Grants

The College provides qualified North Central State College students with academic, financial need, and general scholarships for college-related expenses. There are scholarships available for new and current students as well as full-time and part-time students.

Financial need is a specific qualifier for some scholarships. For an applicant to be considered for a scholarship based on financial need, he or she must submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). FAFSAs are submitted online at North Central State College's federal school code is 005313 (this needs to be entered on the FAFSA application). Contact the College's Financial Aid Office with questions about FAFSA.



Awarded to current High School Seniors, prior to graduation. To be considered please submit your most recent transcript, Official ACT test scores with your application for admission to North Central State College.

Selection is based on grade average, class rank, and composite ACT score. Students must meet two* of the benchmarks to be offered a scholarship.

*Homeschool  and online students must meet the ACT benchmark.

Apply early to North Central State College to avoid the scholarship fund running out of monies.
Selection of scholarship recipients for the 2015/2016 year ends May 1, 2015
ADS/PSE Eligibility Benchmarks 2015-2016
GPA (weighted) 3.85/4.0 3.0/4.0
Class Rank Top 10% Top 25%
ACT Composite 26 23
To accept the scholarship, please complete and return the “school” copy  of the scholarship agreement to the Financial Aid Office by June 1, 2015. Scholarship eligibility will be reevaluated after final high school transcript is submitted to Admissions.

John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program and the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program


For the 2015-2016 award year, legislative changes were implemented to help identify applicants who are or were in the foster care system.  These applicants may be eligible for assistance through federal programs for foster youth, such as the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program and the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program.

New application processing edits generate FAFSA SAR comment codes 165 and 166.  This comment text informs any applicant identified as a foster youth or someone who was in the foster care system that he or she may be eligible for assistance through federal programs for foster youth.  More info can be found here  and where the applicant can find contact information for his or her state ETV coordinator.

Non-FAFSA on the Web filers who respond Yes to Question 53 on the FAFSA, (At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent or ward of the court?) receive comment code 165

This paperwork is submitted each term to the NCSC Cashier's Office

offered by independent organizations

These scholarships are provided by organizations outside of North Central State College. Please contact these organizations directly to apply for a scholarship.


AAUW Scholarship


Altrusa Club of Ashland Scholarship ( Ashland County Student only)

Ashland County North Central State College Scholarship (Ashland County Student only)

Simmons-Olson, Mark Hightower Nursing Scholarship (nursing student entering their final year at NCSC or AU)


Ashland County Foundation 419-281-4733



May Chapter No. 62 Order of Eastern Star, PHA Scholarship


This $500 scholarship is available to students who are residents of Richland County and graduated from a Richland County high school.

Deadline for Fall Scholarship:  September 15, 2015 and awarded to a student who has already successfully completed at least one year of college and currently enrolled as a continuing student.

Deadline for Spring Scholarship:  April 15, 2015 and awarded to a 2015 high school graduate

Scholarship Forms:  Available in the Financial Aid Office


Altrusa Club of Ashland

This scholarship is to assist graduating seniors of any Ashland County high school or Ashland County residents over the age of 24 entering college for the first time or starting again after not being enrolled for at least one year. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 – 3.0 and be accepted to an accredited two or four-year college or university. Students will be evaluated on extracurricular activities &/or work experience, community service, leadership/responsibility, financial need and communication based on essay.

Deadline: April 1, 2015




Ashland County North Central State College Scholarship

This scholarship is to assist Ashland County residents who are current year graduating seniors or who have earned a high school diploma and have been accepted to North Central State College. Students will be evaluated on extracurricular activities, financial need and unusual circumstances.

Deadline: April 1, 2015




Simmons-Olson, Mark Hightower Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship is to assist students attending MedCentral College of Nursing or North Central State College who are entering their final year of the Nursing program with a passion in the field of geriatric or pediatric nursing. Good collegiate standing is required. Students will be evaluated on extracurricular activities and/or work experience, academic achievement, financial need and geriatric or pediatric nursing.

Deadline: April 1, 2015



Samaritan Hospital Foundation

The Board of Trustees of Samaritan Hospital Foundation are pleased to again offer scholastic awards to persons residing in Ashland County who are currently enrolled in or accepted to accredited programs in these areas:


All completed applications should be accompanied with appropriate grade transcripts and returned by April 23, 2015 to:

Samaritan Hospital Foundation

Scholastic Awards

663 East Main Street

Ashland, Ohio  44805

Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office or students may also access the application on Samaritan Hospital’s website,


Theodore S. and Kathy Smith Smetzer

This scholarship is to assist non-traditional students who have graduated from any Ashland County high school. Students must have maintained a GPA of 2.5 or above while in high school and have been been accepted to an accredited two or four-year college or university. Students will be evaluated on work experience, financial need and unusual circumstances.

Deadline: April 1, 2015




Carl & Thelma Stitzlein Cattlemen's Association Scholarship

This scholarship is to assist residents of Ashland County and graduating seniors of Ashland High School or current college students who plan to major in an Agriculture field (Animal Agriculture preferred) that have been accepted to an accredited two or four year college/university. Students will be evaluated on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, work experience, community service, leadership, financial need and communication based on essay.

Deadline: April 1, 2015




Cleveland Scholarship Programs

Eligibility: Residents of Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Summit, Portage, Medina, Lorain, Ashtabula, or Trumble County

Application: Application form is available from the CSP web site at

Deadline: vary

Judy Werner
Scholarship Coordinator
Cleveland Scholarship Programs, Inc.
200 Public Square, Suite 3820
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-241-5587
Fax: 216-241-6184



Richland County Foundation Scholarship

The Foundation has a long history of making grants for college scholarships. There are more than 50 scholarship funds that support the undergraduate grant program. In addition, scholarships are awarded from Richland County Foundation Unrestricted Funds, as directed each year by the Board of Trustees.
Richland County Foundation’s undergraduate college scholarships are based on financial need. Students must be attending an accredited college or university on a full-time basis and maintain primary residency in Richland County, Ohio. New applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to apply. Returning students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.
The application deadline is April 1 of each calendar year
Application: Available online: Scholarship application online

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® OHIO

 T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® OHIO is a compensation and retention program for child care professionals. Active in 23 states, T.E.A.C.H is designed to address education, compensation and turnover issues that affect the early childhood field. Assistance is available for the cost of tuition, books, and related education expenses. Please follow the link for a video about T.E.A.C.H. (“Who's at School Today?”)

Professionals and programs participate in T.E.A.C.H. OHIO by partnering in the professional's goal, fiscal responsibility, and retention. The Program commits to provide higher pay each year to their employees that earn credentials or college credit toward early childhood education degrees. Professionals commit to stay working at their programs while in school and for a period of time afterward.

Scholarships are available for early childhood professionals who want to earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) credentialAssociate degree in early childhood education or child development. Bachelor Degree opportunities are available on a very limited basis by region of the state and number offered


Apply here


The Amish Descendants Scholarship Fund

The Amish Descendant Scholarship Fund (ADSF) was founded by a small group of former Amish with big dreams — to help other former Amish realize their dreams of earning a college education. Because the Amish only study to the eighth grade, it is challenging for those who leave the community to pursue a higher education. We hope to offer a helping hand by providing financial assistance and support. For more information about ADSF and how to apply, please visit our website: Amish Descendant Scholarship Fund.


AVITA Health Foundation Scholarship


  • The candidate must be a graduating senior from a high school located within  Crawford, Richland, or Morrow County; or a child of an active employee of Avita Health System, who is a graduating high school senior or enrolled in a post-secondary education institution (regardless of address)
  • The candidate must be accepted for attendance at an accredited vocational school, community college, or baccalaureate degree-granting institution.
  • The candidate must be seeking a degree or certification in a healthcare-related field.


Deadline: April 3, 2015

Contact: The Financial Aid Office for an application

The National Center for Parents
with Disabilities and their Families

Award: Five $1000 awards (nationally competitive)

Eligibility: Must be 21 years of age (as of 3‑16‑09) or younger and have at least one parent with a disability. Selection criteria includes academic performance, community activities and service, letters of recommendation and an essay.


Contact: 800‑644‑266


Ron Brown   Scholarship


Focus: Minorities, youth, low-income, higher education; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: High school

seniors (the applicant must be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card); Funding: Each year, a minimum of 10 African-American students will be designated Ron Brown Scholars and will receive $10,000 annually for four years, for a total of $40,000;

Deadline: Nov. 1.

Purpose: The program identifies African-American high school seniors with the ability to make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need. Current college students are not eligible to apply.

Info: Questions, 434/964-1588; e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; for more on the







Most grants are awarded by the Financial Aid Office. The first step towards receiving a grant is completing the financial aid application process.


The feds say no aid for non-essential courses.

The U.S. Department of Education is tightening rules for financial aid eligibility.  For courses to count for financial aid purposes, they must now be required courses listed on your degree audit.

Students can no longer take courses just to increase the amount of their financial aid.  The College’s computer system “knows” what courses are required for your major, and will base the amount of your financial aid only on those.  You may be enrolled in nine credit hours, but if a three-credit hour course is not required for your degree, the computer will calculate your aid on only six hours.

  If you have any questions as to what classes are required for your major, it is imperative that you consult with your faculty advisor or a success coach in the Student Success Center.

Federal Pell Grant

Up to $5645 (for the 2013-2014 year) per year based on degree of need and number of credit hours enrolled

12 or more credit hours is full time
9-11 hours is 3/4 time
6-8 hours is 1/2 time
1-5 hours is 1/4 time


Foundation Ambassador Grant

Awarded to eligible student ambassadors of the College (administered by the College Admissions Office)


Foundation Cardwell-Neer College NOW Grant

For College NOW student graduating with associate degree and transitioning to four-year university (no application is needed; award winner is selected by College NOW Program advisers)


Foundation Tom Carter Memorial Educational Aid Fund

Provides grants for students with financial emergency need (administered by the College Financial Aid Office)


Foundation S.N. and Ada Ford Emergency Aid Fund

Provides grants for students with financial emergency need (administered by Financial Aid Office)


Foundation Necessities Loan Fund

Loan provides for books, uniforms, fees, etc., to students in at least their third College quarter with at least a 2.25 GPA who receive little or no financial aid; loan is forgiven if student graduates from North Central State within four years of first Necessities Fund loan (administered by the College Financial Aid Office)


Establishing a Scholarship Fund with the College Foundation

Endowed Scholarships

The College Foundation encourages the establishment of endowed scholarships, as they are lasting tributes to individuals, organizations, communities, and companies, and provide an opportunity to provide perpetual support for students of North Central State College.

When an endowment scholarship fund is established, the gift is invested in perpetuity, and only the income (generally, interest earnings) from the fund’s principal is available for distribution annually. Endowments may be established with a minimum gift of $10,000, though the greater the investment, the more scholarships that can be awarded.

Annual Scholarships

Annual scholarships are established as a short term gift, often renewable. When a donor establishes an annual scholarship, the entire gift is awarded to a student or students during the current or next academic year. The annual scholarship minimum is $500.

Contact us

To establish a scholarship fund to benefit North Central State College students, please call the College Foundation’s executive director at 419-755-4753.


Current College Foundation Scholarships, Grants, and Loans


Deadline has passed, please stay tuned for the 2016/2017 application

Funded by the North Central State College Foundation

Through the generosity of supporters of the College, over 100 scholarships will be awarded to NC State students for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Our benefactors believe that an educated workforce is vital for the advancement of both the students being supported as well as the entire North Central Ohio community.  The College and its fund raising arm, the North Central State College Foundation, are grateful for the enlightened selflessness of our supporters without whose assistance these scholarships would not be possible.



  • Who may apply?  Those who will be regularly enrolled students at the College during the 2015-2016 academic year.  A regularly enrolled student is one who has graduated from high school (or has received a GED) and is seeking to earn an NC State degree or aid-eligible certificate.
  • Deadline to apply:  March 15, 2015.  This application must be received by the Financial Aid Office by March 15.
  • Those awarded a scholarship will be notified by June 1, 2015.
  • All applicants must file a FAFSA by March 15, 2015.  NC State’s FAFSA code is 005313.
  • Return completed application to the NC State Financial Aid Office, either in person at 143 Kee Hall, or by mail at 2441 Kenwood Cr., Mansfield, OH 44906, or by fax at 419-755-4729.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.  You will not be notified if your application is incomplete.
  • Scholarships range in amount from $250 to $4,500.
  • Scholarships will be awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year; half for fall 2015 and half for spring 2016.
  • Most scholarships carry stipulations (e.g., major, GPA, level of enrollment, place of residence, year-in-college, etc.)

  • Scholarship proceeds will be credited to recipients’ fiscal accounts at the College to help pay tuition expenses.  No cash payments will be made to students from scholarship funds.

    Click here to access a fillable PDF of the scholarship application. Complete online, print, sign and submit to the Financial Aid Office by the posted deadline.  (please don't print this form to fill out, if you need a paper copy, stop by the Financial Aid Office)


This is a listing funds awarded by the College Foundation. Fill out the scholarship application for a chance to receive a distribution from one of these funds.

  • Alumni Association Scholarship+
  • Alumni Legacy Scholarship
  • Ambassador Award
  • Ashland Samaritan Hospital Foundation Scholarship
  • Ryan Bennett Memorial Scholarship+
  • Roy and Nancy Brown Respiratory Care Scholarship+
  • Tom Carter Memorial Education Aid Fund+ *
  • Harry Cobey Foundation Scholarship+
  • Terry Coleman Memorial Scholarship+
  • Cardwell-Neer College NOW Award+
  • College Tech Prep Scholarship
  • William and Kit Cress Memorial Scholarship+
  • Emerson/Therm-O-Disc Scholarship+
  • Entrepreneur Scholarship+
  • Faculty Scholarship+
  • S.N. and Ada Ford Emergency Aid Fund+
  • Galion Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Scholarship+
  • Robert L. Garber Radiography Scholarship +
  • Russell and Mary Gimbel Foundation Scholarship
  • Gorman-Rupp Memorial and Civic Fund Scholarship+
  • Gorman-Rupp (Corporate) Scholarship+
  • Gorman Fund Scholarship
  • Sharon Manring Gubkin Memorial Scholarship+
  • Haring Realty Inc. Scholarship+
  • Samo Jenko Memorial Scholarship+
  • Kroger Scholarship+
  • McDonald's Scholarship
  • Mansfield University Fund Ambassador Scholarship of the Richland County Foundation
  • Necessities Loan Fund+ **
  • Orange & Blue Twenty-First Century Scholarship+
  • Physical Therapy Assistant's Scholarship+
  • Phillips Equipment Leasing Co., Inc., Scholarship+
  • Ralph Phillips E Troop Scholarship
  • Donald L. Plotts Scholarship
  • Presidents' Emeritus Scholarship+
  • Burton Preston Scholarship+
  • Rable Machine Company Scholarship
  • Radiology Associates Scholarship
  • Debi Sheaffer Memorial Scholarship+
  • Fran and Warren Rupp Foundation Nursing Scholarship+
  • Bertha Fenner Searle Registered Nursing (ADN) Scholarship+
  • Dr. George Searle Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) Scholarship+
  • Robert Stimpert Regional Manufacturing Coalition Scholarship+
  • Urban Center Scholarship (MIMA)
  • Vetter Impact Award+
  • Welsh News Scholarship+

+ Endowed funds

* Student emergency aid funds

** Student loan fund; loan does not have to be repaid if eligible student graduates within four years of accepting the first loan from this fund.

Not listed is the Gimbel Health Chair endowment fund, which supports healthcare faculty professional development and healthcare student tutoring. The Gimbel Health Chair endowment is not a student scholarship or loan fund.





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