Grants for Ohio residents

Are you an Ohio resident? You could be eligible for an additional $2,475 grant above your official financial aid offer.

Choose Ohio First

Provided by the State of Ohio, up to four $2,475 renewable grants will be awarded to eligible first-year and transfer students each fall. The grants are intended to strengthen the state’s economy by investing in Ohio students who stay in Ohio to attend college.

To be eligible for this Grant:

  • Be an Ohio resident
  • Have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA
  • Major in
    • Nursing
    • Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
    • Pre-dietetics
    • Food and nutrition
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Pre-medicine
  • Be a female or ethnic minority in STEM, or male in nursing 

If selected, you will receive the grant for the 2025-26 academic year. The grant is renewable for the following three academic years if you continue to meet the grant qualifications.

This is a prestigious and competitive grant

To ensure you are considered:

  • Complete your application to Bluffton University by Dec. 1.
  • Students must complete a virtual or on-campus visit by Dec. 1 to be eligible
  • Submit the following form so we know you are interested in this grant.
  • Submit your $100 deposit Those selected must deposit within two weeks from when they receive their financial aid offer to secure the award.