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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.


Terry Coleman Memorial Scholarship at North Central State College

The award amounth is $1000 and to be used toward tuition and/or instructional college fees.   One scholarships will be awarded for the 216/2017 academic year.


  • Continuing student enrolled full-time or part-tim in a Liberal Arts degree program at NCSC
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Financial need as determined by FAFSA processor
  • Student must complete application, provide most recent college transcript, and return them in one envelope to the address on application by April 28, 2016
  • Students must submit at least one letter of recommendation (not a family member)


Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office

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.

Mansfield Noon Optimist Club Scholarship

Eligibility: Student  must have at least a 2.5 GPA and have a permanent home address in Richland County

Scholarship Forms:  Available in the Financial Aid Office or online at

Deadline:  June 13, 2016

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, 2016 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, 2016 and awarded to a 2016 high school graduate

Scholarship Forms:  Available in the Financial Aid Office


The  Ohio District 5 Area Angecy on Aging, Inc. Scholarships

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., is pleased to announce the availability of five (5) $1000 grants and one (1) $2000 scholarship for individulas pursuing higher education  in the counties of Ashaldn, Crawford, Huron, Knowx, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca and Wyandot.

  • Grant applications will be accepted from seniors in high school to senior citizens
  • Scholarships applicants must have at least a sohpmore status in an accredited technical college, school or university for the 2016/2017 academic year.
  • Deadline for all applications is April 1, 2016

More information, guidelines and applications can be found here


Ashland County Community Foundation

Scholarship opportunities to students attending NCSC administered by the Ashland County Community Foundation:

  • Altrusa Club of Ashland Scholarship (Ashland County Students only)
  • Ashland County North Central State College Scholarship (Ashland County Students only)
  • Simmons-Olson, Mark Hightower Nursing Scholarship (nursing students entering their final year at NCSC or AU-MedCentral College of Nursing)
  • Theodore S. & Kathy Smith Smetzer Scholarship (nontraditional students who have graduated from any Ashland County high school)
  • Cal & Thelma Sitizlein Cattlemen's Association Scholarship (Ashland County Students only who are majoring in Agriculture)

Please head to   to apply. 

Deadline for application is March 15, 2016



Samaritan Hospital Foundation


The Board of Directors of Samaritan Hospital Foundation is pleased to again offer scholastic awards to persons residing in Ashland County or UH Samaritan Medical Center employee or immediate family member.  To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted in an accredited program in the areas of nursing, medicine or allied medical studies.

          Completed applications must be returned with appropriate grade transcripts by April 22, 2016 to the Samaritan Hospital Foundation at 663 East Main Street in Ashland, Ohio.

          Scholastic Award applications for the 2016-17 academic year are available at and at Samaritan Hospital in the following locations: Reception Desk, Pharmacy, and Human Resources. Applications are also available at Samaritan on Main, or by contacting the Foundation office at 419-207-7861.   Recipients will be notified in late May.


Avita Health Foundation

Eligibility:  The Avita Health Foundation (part of Avita Health System) is providing five college scholarships to area high school students

(graduating seniors) OR currently-enrolled college students who are pursuing a degree in the Allied Health field.

Deadline: April 11, 2016

Scholarship Forms:  Available in the Financial Aid Office


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: 216-241-618


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.


The Florence Allen Scholarship

Florence Allen Scholarships are awarded annually by The Allen Endowment to provide Ohio women with the opportunity to achieve their full potential through education. Scholarship funds are for the 2016-17 academic year and may be used for courses at accredited degree or certificate granting institutions recognized by a state Board of Regents.
Eligibility for Florence Allen Scholarships is as follows:

Traditional Student Applicants

  1. Women who will graduate or have graduated from an Ohio high school or who have received a GED from the Ohio Board of Education prior to July 1, 2016.
  2. Must be a United States citizen.
  3. Undergraduates who meet the above criteria and are enrolled as full-time students at an accredited degree-granting institution recognized by a state Board of Regents.
  4. Applicant must be pursuing her first undergraduate degree or a certificate.

Non-traditional Student Applicants

  1. Women who are residents of Ohio and are at least 30 years old as of April 1, 2016.
  2. Must be a United States citizen.
  3. Undergraduates who meet the above criteria and are enrolled at an accredited degree-granting institution recognized by a state Board of Regents.
  4. Applicant need not be a full-time student.
  5. Applicant must be pursuing her first undergraduate degree or a certificate.

Scholarships range from $500 to $1,000. Applications are available in the Financial Aid office or scholarship applications will be provided upon request via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The completed application and all supporting documentation must be hand stamped (not metered), postmarked and mailed via US Postal Service First Class Mail on or before April 1, 2016. Scholarship recipients will be notified by certified letter no later than April 30, 2016.


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 $5815 (for the 2016-2017 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.


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