Press Release

Franklin University Receives its Third Choose Ohio First (COF) Grant


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations
(614) 947-6581

Columbus, OH (April 16, 2021)

As Ohio’s #1 nonprofit university for online degrees, Franklin University has built its reputation on providing the academic offerings and resources necessary to support the broadest community of learners to achieve their goals. Continuing this tradition, Franklin University is pleased to announce it has once again been selected as a Choose Ohio First (COF) grant recipient.

Funded through the State of Ohio and the Department of Higher Education (ODHE), the COF grant is designed to support the next generation of Ohio science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) scholars. 

The awarded $540,000 grant, in promotion of a five-year COF program provides Franklin the opportunity to expand on its 2019 COF funding, by increasing undergraduate and graduate support in the following academic disciplines:  

Business Analysis

Associate’s Degrees
AS Cybersecurity
AS Computer Science
AS Information Technology

Bachelor’s Degrees
BS Computer Science
BS Information Technology
BS Cybersecurity
BS Information Systems
BS Web Development
Business Analysis Certificate
BS Health Information Management
BS Healthcare Administration
BS Health Sciences (Health Education & Promotion)

Master’s Degrees*
MS Computer Science
MS Information Technology
MS Cybersecurity
MS Business Analytics
MS Data Analytics
MS Business Psychology
MS Health Informatics
MS Healthcare Administration
MS Nursing
MSN-Nurse Administrator
MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner
*COF graduate scholarships are only open to students who received their bachelor’s degree outside of Ohio

According to a study published by the Brookings Institution, a Washington DC-based nonprofit public policy organization, communities with STEMM-concentrated economies perform better than others. They have higher employment rates, wages, and rates of job growth. 

Therefore, Franklin is proud to align its goals with COF’s mission, and remains committed to increasing educational access and opportunity, while strengthening Ohio’s economy in STEMM education. More than 4,500 Franklin University alumni reinforce this mission, holding STEMM-related positions in Ohio (based on data from LinkedIn).

Franklin looks to increase its STEMM alumni, while bridging the employment gap, thanks to the COF grant. This grant, combined with Franklin’s tuition reduction and long-standing generous transfer credit policy is another step in keeping a degree within reach, while leveraging its strong and established FranklinWorks, community college partners, and College Credit Plus program.  Through today’s announcement and its dedicated efforts, Franklin continues to invest in its students, so they can invest in Ohio.

For more information about Franklin University’s degree programs in computer science, analytics, health, healthcare administration, and healthcare management, and nursing:

For more information on the state's Choose Ohio First program, visit:

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides on-site course options at our Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Franklin is only one of three schools in Ohio designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. 

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