As students begin looking toward the future, many will choose a path that leads them toward obtaining a college education.  Whether a student is planning to obtain a two-year associates degree or a four-year bachelors degree, the importance of securing scholarships and financial aid support will be key as the costs associated with going to college continue to rise.  Students are encouraged to begin researching their funding options once they have an idea of what college or university they plan to attend, and the major they are considering.  Several local foundations and organizations offer scholarships and financial aid to students who are working toward earning a college degree.

Many times students, and their parents, will be asked to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when applying for scholarships to determine financial need.  The FAFSA is used by the U.S. Department of Education to determine a family’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) toward a student’s college education.  Through the FAFSA, a “need analysis” is conducted based on financial information, including: income, assets and other household information.  The form is submitted to, and processed by, a federal processor contracted by the U.S. Department of Education, and the results are electronically transmitted to the financial aid offices of the school(s) that a student lists on their application.  For more information about the FAFSA application process, students are encouraged to visit or talk to their school counselor.

Scholarship Options for TPS students:

ScholarshipsThe Blue and Gold Scholar Award
Full tuition and general fee, after state and federal aid
Minimum Requirements:
• 3.0 H.S. GPA and 18 ACT/870 SAT
• File a FAFSA by March 1, 2013 and show Pell Grant eligibility
• High School graduating class of 2013

The Blue and Gold Scholar Award recognizes students from Ohio and Monroe County, Michigan and is a four year, renewable scholarship.  You are automatically considered for this scholarship with the completed and signed  UT application for admission, official high school transcripts, official ACT and/or SAT scores, and a filed FAFSA by March 1, 2013.
Rocket Scholar Award









High School GPA     


1320-     1250       1240-1090 




3.75+ $6,500 $6,500 $6,500 $6,500 $3,500 $1,500 $1,500
3.50 to 3.74 $6,500 $3,500 $3,500 $3,500 $3,500 $1,500 $1,500
3.25 to 3.49 $6,500 $3,500 $3,500 $3,500 $3,500 $1,500  
3.00 to 3.24 $6,500 $3,500 $3,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500  
2.75 to 2.99 $3,500 $3,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500    

Award Range: $1,500 - $6,500 per year
This award is a four-year, renewable scholarship that recognizes outstanding students from Ohio and Monroe County, Mich. upon review of their cumulative high school GPA and ACT/SAT test scores as outlined in the Scholarship Grid.  For high school students, the scholarship amounts can be increased by review of FAFSA information, higher ACT/SAT test scores, and/or higher cumulative high school GPA. all of which must be submitted prior to the March 1, 2013 deadline.  You are automatically considered for this scholarship with the completed and signed  UT application for admission, official high school transcripts and official ACT and/or SAT scores.
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Parents that have questions about either of these scholarship opportunities are encouraged to contact a counselor at their child's high school or the Admisson's Office either the University of Toledo or Owens Community College.

Success Program at Owens Community College
Owens Community College is now even more accessible for students from Toledo Public Schools.  Tuition is free through the Success Scholarship Program.  To qualify students need to receive only partial financial aid in the form of a federal Pell Grant.  Owens will provide a grant to cover the remaining cost of tuition and fees for up to three years.

The objective of the Success Program is to make an associate's degree available for all students.  The program givens students a reason to stay in schoool and earn their high school diploma since it is available only to high school graduates.  There is no grade point restriction.  If students want a college education then all they have to do is complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) form.  Once they qualify for assistance then Owens Community College picks up the rest.  The final step is to enroll at Owens.  With over 130 programs the toughest decision is to decide what courses to take.  The friendly advisors at the college will work with you to discover your areas of interest.  The program is funded through the efforts of the Owens Community College Foundation.

The objective of the Past scholarship winners have participated in a summer bridge program, which is a college program to prepare students to succeed at college-level work.  The college's mission is student success.  There are many support programs that make it easy to achieve your degree.  Owens credits also transfer to all Ohio colleges and many more institutions so Owens is a great place to start.  To learn more about the programs that Owens has to offer students, please visit

Education First Opportunity Scholarship - Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University recently announced a new scholarship opportunity for students who attend Toledo Public Schools – the Education First Opportunity Scholarship. The scholarship has a need based component, requiring an eligible recipient to show enough financial need to qualify for a Pell Grant. The scholarship will provide 100 percent tuition and general fee coverage, after the Pell Grant, and/or state grants and other EMU aid have been deducted. More than 100 TPS seniors will travel to EMU on Tuesday, December 13th for a campus visit.

TPS Scholarship InformationQualifications for the Scholarship

  • Graduating high school senior
  • High school GPA 3.0 and above
  • ACT composite 20 and above
  • FAFSA filer/Pell eligible/FAFSA filing priority deadline 3/1/12
  • No limit on recipients, 3/1/12 admission priority deadline

Scholarship Coverage

  • Full tuition and general fee coverage
  • Minus federal and/or state grants, other EMU aid

Renewal Requirements

  • Student must take 30 credits each year and maintain a 2.75 GPA
  • Student must graduate in four years
  • Student must file the FAFSA each year
  • If a family’s financial circumstances improve and the Pell Grant is
    lost, EMU will renew full tuition coverage
  • Items NOT covered by the Opportunity Scholarship
       o Room and board
       o Parking fees
       o Miscellaneous course fees

Joseph Wolcott Scholarship
For more than 75 years the Joseph Wolcott Scholarship Fund has been helping Toledo Public School students earn a college's our sole mission.  This opportunity is exclusively designed for students who attend Toledo Public Schools.  The Wolcott Scholarship Fund will provide $8,000.00 of tuition loan support to your qualified graduating seniors (2.5 GPA or better and family income of $90,000 or less).  A valuable feature of the Wolcott Scholarship is that if $4,000 or the $8,000 loan is repaid within two years of graduation (or leaving school), the other $4,000 is forgiven.  When families repay the $4,000.00 they are providing support to future graduates who receive the scholarship.  The Wolcott Scholarship Fund application is available online.  Students can download an application at

Please call Laura Keune at 419.241.8042 with any questions you might have about applying for the Joseph Wolcott Scholarship.

The Joel and Davie Epstein Scholarship Fund
This fund is earmarked to benefit TPS graduates with financial need who are incoming freshmen at the University of Toledo.  The award is approximately $1,000 and renewable for up to four years, if the recipients maintains pre-established academic standards.  To apply, TPS seniors should check The University of Toledo's online scholarship and award guide.