Scholarship Programs

Scholarship Program Descriptions & Applications

Scholarships: A sum of money or other aid granted to a student, typically awarded based on merit or need.  

  • Merit-based: These awards are based on a student's academic abilities and often factor in an applicant's extracurricular activities and community service record. The most common merit-based scholarships are awarded by private organizations or by the college. Most are paid directly to the institution, rather than directly to the student.

  • Need-based: In the United States, these awards are based on the student and family's financial record and require applicants to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify.



The Franklin University Undergraduate Scholars Program (USA)

A competitive scholarship program for Franklin undergraduate students. Scholarship recipients are selected based on prior academic achievement and quality of essay. Scholarships range from $200 to $2,500 each and are non-renewable.  The application deadlines are:  Summer - March 1;  Fall - July 1; Winter - November 1.

Click here to view the application for additional information about GPA, essay, and transcript requirements. 

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program (COF)

The Ohio Board of Regents Choose Ohio First Scholarship is available for students seeking a bachelor’s degree in the STEMM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine). Franklin University's Computer Science (CS) and Management Information Sciences (MIS) programs have been approved for this competitive scholarship which will be funded jointly by the Ohio Board of Regents and Franklin University.

The award is for $1,500 up to $5,875 annually divided over two trimesters each year. The 2015-16 application will be available online this summer.

The COHPA Partnership Scholarship

  • Available for all programs within the College of Health & Public Administration
  • Must be employed by a VHA partner institution
  • Scholarship will be applied as a percentage of tuition each term
  • The application form must be complete prior to each term of enrollment


 External scholarships are offered to students by various community and professional organizations. These and more opportunities are publicized in our student blog Connections.


The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship

Executive Women International (EWI) Columbus Chapter ASIST Scholarship

Florence Allen Scholarship Program

2015 PFLAG Scholarship Program/Greater Dayton LGBT Center Scholarship

Dublin Women’s Philanthropic Club:  Adult Education Grant

Application Deadline:  April 17

I Know I Can Grant

Payne, Nickles & Company, CPAs:  Accounting Scholarship


Below you will find several free scholarship searches engines and some external scholarships that are available:

International Education Financial Aid
This site serves as a resource for International students, providing information about scholarships, loans, and other programs that may be available.

Military.Com Scholarship Finder
Find millions of dollars in scholarships and grants exclusively for the military community 
Free scholarship search database

Free scholarship search, school information and student feedback.
Sign up for free to receive external scholarship opportunities matched to you from your basic information.  Also gain access to detailed insightful information about various career fields, salaries, and areas of study.

I Know I Can  
Grants, scholarships and helpful resources for Columbus City School students of all ages.

The Columbus Foundation
Over 200 scholarships offered for students with goals in higher education.  The Columbus Foundation works with donors to establish scholarships with varying criteria.  The Foundation's website features an online database that matches you to potential scholarships.

Accredited Schools Online
This site provides expert advice and resources on information about minority scholarships, grants, and other financial aid available to African-American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, LGBT, and female students.

Scholarship America
This site provides links to open scholarships, application tips, a Scholarship Coach Ebook along with financial aid information, test preparation, resources for international students and more. Helping students for of 50 years, Scholarship America “is the nation’s largest non-profit, private-sector scholarship and educational support organization.”

Online Master’s Programs
This site serves as a resource for Master’s students, providing information about paying for graduate school. In additional to providing information about exam prep, a career center, and a how-to guide to financial aid in grad school, they also “provide a searchable directory of nearly 3,000 graduate-level scholarships that can be narrowed by area of study or renewability.”


For information on other scholarships, please contact Franklin's Scholarship Specialist, Todd Hampel, at


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