Whether a student is planning to obtain a two-year associate's degree or a four-year bachelor's degree, the importance of securing scholarships and financial aid support will be key. Several local foundations and organizations offer scholarships and financial aid to Toledo Public Schools students who are working toward earning a college degree.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form 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 such as 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 http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ or talk to their school counselor.

Here are some scholarship options for TPS students:


UT offers a wide variety of scholarship and award opportunities to help with the cost of education. Many of these are stackable and renewable for four years.

Stackable awards are competitive awards for students based upon donor criteria, academic department, participation in extracurricular activities, whether a student's parents graduated from UT or if he or she currently has a sibling attending the school.

The Housing Award is given to students with a cumulative high school GPA of 2.75 or greater or a 21 ACT/990 SAT and based upon financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The award is given after FAFSA is received and processed and is renewable as long as the students resides in university housing. An alternative need-based academic award is available for students from the local area and residing at home. They must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative high school GPA or 21 ACT/990 SAT required.

The Out-of-State Award is awarded to non-Ohio, U.S. residents with a cumulative high school GPA of 2.75 or greater or 21 ACT/990 SAT. It is communicated upon admission. It is renewable, based on specific academic criteria.

Merit scholarships are based on cumulative high school GPA, standardized text score (ACT or SAT) and rigor of the high school curriculum. Students learn if they will receive one of these scholarships when they are accepted at UT. These awards are renewable based on specific academic eligibility criteria.

Graduates of TPS who are incoming freshmen at UT and who have filled out the Office of Student Financial Aid General Scholarship Application could be awarded The Joel & Davie Epstein Scholarship Fund. A student must demonstrate financial need (a FAFSA report is required to be on file) and must be attending UT full-time. The award is renewable if the student continues to meet the requirements.

Students wishing to learn more about any of these scholarships should visit http://www.utoledo.edu/financialaid/scholarships/entering_freshmen.html

Updated on May 5, 2014 and May 12, 2014


In order to be eligible for this program, students graduating from Toledo Public Schools must first enroll full-time in the fall semester at Owens, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and qualify for some Pell grant funding. They also must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average from high school and maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA while enrolled at Owens. Incoming freshmen must place into college level English with the following test scores:

  • ACT Writing 18 or higher, plus ACT Reading 22 or higher
  • Compass writing 69 or higher, plus Compass Reading 69 or higher
  • Asset Writing 41 or higher, plus Asset Reading 39 or higher

Success TAP funding covers tuition and general fees not covered by the student's Pell Grant. Lab fees are not included.

Students receiving enough Pell Grant money to fully cover their tuition and fees in their first semester may receive Success TAP in subsequent semesters if they do not receive Pell grant funding to fully cover their tuition and fees. While at Owens, students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits (full-time status) in both the fall and spring semester. Funding is available for the three academic years (fall and spring semesters only) following the student's high school graduation. (Students who leave school or drop below full-time status but have maintained all other continuing criteria may remain eligible if they return or resume full-time status within the three-year time frame).

The program is funded through the efforts of the Owens Community College Foundation.

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 www.owens.edu.

Updated on May 5, 2014

NEW! NEW! NEW! Tech Prep Scholarship Information 
Owens Community College offers Tech Prep scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have participated in a Tech Prep career pathway within the Greater Northwest Ohio Tech Prep Consortium. The maximum award is $2,000 total ($1,000 per year) or $500 per semester for four semesters to cover tuition and fees that are not covered by other financial aid, such as the federal Pell Grant, as long as the student maintains eligibility. This scholarship does not pay for books and supplies, lab fees, course fees, and other institutional fees.

Eligibility Criteria: The 2014-2015 deadline for all documentation is May 16, 2014. Students must obtain the Tech Prep Scholarship Application and complete it in order to be considered. Follow the instructions carefully on the Application to make sure all documentation has been submitted.

Here is a link to the application form: https://www.owens.edu/enroll_future/techprep_scholar.pdf

To qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

* Have earned a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 grading scale by the end of their seventh high school semester;·

*Enroll at Owens Community College for the fall semester immediately following high school graduation;· 

*Enroll in at least 12 graded credit hours each semester (continuous full-time student enrollment in fall and spring semesters is required in order to continue receiving the scholarship);·

*Declare an associate degree program related to the chosen high school Tech Prep career pathway;·

*Indicate the intent to obtain a certificate, or to obtain an associate degree for transfer to another college or for the job market;·

*Have instructional and general fee charges which are not being paid by other financial aid, such as the federal Pell Grant.

Selection Process: Students will be selected by the Owens Community College Tech Prep Selection Committee.

In order to be considered by the committee for a scholarship, a complete application and all materials listed in the application process section must be received by the posted due date. The student also must be continuing in his/her Tech Prep pathway.

Posted April 29, 2014


Eastern Michigan University offers in-state tuition rates to all students who attend Toledo Public Schools and who are eligible for regular or conditional admission. In addition, the school offers the following scholarships:

Education First Opportunity Scholarship

This scholarship has a need-based component, requiring an eligible recipient to show enough financial need to qualify for a federal Pell Grant. The scholarship provides 100 percent tuition and general fee coverage, after the Pell Grant, and/or state grants and other EMU aid have been deducted.

TPS Scholarship InformationQualifications for the scholarship:

  • Graduating high school senior
  • High school GPA 3.0 and above
  • ACT composite 20 and above
  • Renewal Requirements:
  • Students must take 30 credits each year and maintain a 2.75 GPA
  • Students must graduate in four years
  • Students 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 include room and board, parking fees and miscellaneous course fees.

Emerald Scholarships

These scholarships range from $1,500 to $4,000 and are based on GPA and ACT scores. Admitted students are automatically considered for this award.

Challenge Awards

These awards of $1,000 are made to entering EMU freshmen who displayed academic promise in high school and who may be ready to excel at EMU. The awards are renewed if a student carries at least 24 credits per semester and keeps a 2.5 GPA. Students achieving a 3.0 at EMU will be bumped to $1,5000 for his or her sophmore year.

Updated on May 5, 2014

Joseph Wolcott Scholarship
For more than 75 years the Joseph Wolcott Scholarship Fund has been helping Toledo Public School students earn a college education. The Wolcott Scholarship Fund will provide $8,000 of tuition loan support to qualified TPS 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, they are providing support to future graduates who receive the scholarship. Students can download an application at www.wolcottscholarship.com. Please call Laura Keune at 419.241.8042 with any questions you might have about applying for the Joseph Wolcott Scholarship.

Updated on May 5, 2014