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:
THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO
UT offers a wide variety of scholarship and award opportunities to make funding a student’s education easier. These include merit and need-based awards as well as donor scholarships.
Merit scholarships are based on cumulative high school GPA, standardized test score (ACT or SAT) and rigor of the high school curriculum. Students will receive notification of their awards after their acceptance to UT. These awards are renewable based on specific academic eligibility criteria.
Need-based awards, such as the University Housing Award and UT Assistance Award, are based on merit and financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). These awards are renewable based on specific academic eligibility criteria.
Stackable awards may include donor scholarships, awards for any student whose parent is an alumnus of UT, or awards for having a sibling attending the school. These awards do require a separate application and have varying requirements.
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. A student must demonstrate financial need (a FAFSA is required to be on file) and must be attending UT full-time. The award can be renewable if the student continues to meet the requirements.
To learn more about the above scholarships, students should visit the University of Toledo website: http://www.utoledo.edu/admission/freshman/scholarships/2017/
IRENE AMBERS HILL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
This scholarship is awarded to female students who graduated in the top half of their Toledo high school class and who are enrolled in the Judith Herb College of Education at The University of Toledo, preparing for a teaching degree. Recipients should be of good character with an outgoing personality to relate to prospective students and to become a qualified teacher. This scholarship requires the current FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) be on file in the Office of Student Financial Aid.
College: Judith Herb College of Education
Grade Level: Undergraduate
Other: Need Based
Contact: Student Services Office, 3100 Gillham Hall
A number of scholarships are offered through UT's education college. Click here for the application: The Judith Herb College of Education Scholarship Application
SUCCESS TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AT OWENS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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.
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: 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.
SCHOLARSHIPS FROM EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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.
Qualifications 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.
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.
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 sophomore year.
JOSEPH WOLCOTT SCHOLARSHIP
The Joseph L. Wolcott Scholarship Fund was established by Mary Louise Wolcott as a perpetual memorial for her husband, a Toledo businessman who died in the year 1900. The Fund makes grants in the amount of $2,000 to qualified graduates of Toledo Public Schools for full time undergraduate education at fully accredited colleges and universities. Disbursements are mailed to the college and applied directly toward the student’s account. The grant may be used toward tuition, books and fees. The grant may not be used toward room and board. The application deadline is March 15 for the following academic year. Applications are accepted from high school seniors or college undergraduates. Approvals are based on merit and need. Students can visit our website at www.wolcottscholarship.com and download an application.