Choose Ohio First

Through generous support from the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) participates in the Choose Ohio First Scholarship (COF) Program. This program provides competitive scholarship funding to recruit and retain Ohio students in innovative undergraduate programs. The Choose Ohio First Scholarship is part of a strategic effort to bolster Ohio’s economic strength by ensuring a ready workforce for STEMM-related industries.

CWRU receives funding to provide scholarships in the following programs:

• Supporting STEMM Success
• Data Science and Analytics
• Nursing — Research, Education and Practice

All of CWRU’s COF programs emphasize career opportunities in STEMM fields and encourage students to participate in internship and cooperative experiences.

Eligibility requirements:

• CWRU undergraduate student
• Ohio resident
• Have a demonstrated financial need and meet state and federal financial aid eligibility requirements. (Note: Students on full scholarships are NOT eligible.)
• Agreement to follow Choose Ohio First program requirements

COF scholarships are awarded to incoming first-year students as part of their financial aid package. Choose Ohio First scholarships are renewable beyond the first year pending satisfactory academic performance.

For further general information about the COF Scholarship Program, contact:
Donald L. Feke (
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Supporting STEMM Success

The Supporting STEMM Success (SSS) program is designed for any STEMM major who could benefit from additional academic support to be successful; the program specifically targets students who have identified interest in STEMM majors but are less well prepared in mathematics. Students work closely with their course instructors to develop a plan for successful completion of their mathematics requirements. Through mentorship, additional instruction and other activities, such as the Spring Northeast Ohio Choose Ohio First Student Research Conference, SSS scholars participate with groups at Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Cuyahoga Community College and Youngstown State University. The program also works with GE Lighting, Explorys, Avery Dennison and other organizations to place students in internships and co-ops.

Contact: Christopher Butler ( or Teresa Contenza (
Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Case Western Reserve University

Data Science and Analytics

The COF program in Data Science and Analytics is designed to encourage students to pursue careers in data science and analytics — an interdisciplinary field that combines computing, data engineering, mathematics, statistics and other disciplines. Organizations of all sizes rely on data to manage operations and drive decision-making. CWRU's COF scholarship program will help prepare students for occupations in fields identified by the Ohio Office of Work force Development as “in demand” as well as assist students in maintaining and graduating with STEMM majors.

Contact: Roger French (
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Nursing — Research, Education and Practice

The Nursing — Research, Education and Practice program supports students seeking careers in this high-demand field; registered nursing has the most job openings annually in Ohio according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), with more than 4,000 job openings per year. COF nursing scholars receive academic support, mentorship and help with resume writing and interviewing skills from the CWRU Career Center.

Amelia Bedia (
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University