Scholarship Opportunities

Upperclassman Scholarships

Continuing students who have achieved a 3.0 or above cumulative GPA and completed 30 credit hours are will be considered for Upperclassmen Scholarships ranging from $3000-$6000. In order to continue receiving this scholarship, students must attend 3 out 4 different financial literacy workshops during the academic year.

Students must have filed their FAFSA and attended a financial literacy workshop during the Spring of  2014, Students can expect to view the scholarship on their financial aid award after May 30 via MyCSU.

Full-Ride Scholarships for STEM Majors
who meet the following criteria:

  • Ohio Residents
  • Fall Admission
  • Success in College Prep Math & Science Courses
  • 3.5 High School; GPA
  • ACT 21 or Higher
  • Majors: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math, Environmental Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Science Education, Industrial Education, Psychology.

Contact Gorgui Ndao: (937) 376-6265

Freshmen Scholarships in the following amounts to students who meet the corresponding criteria:

Maximum Scholarship Award

Current Cumulative GPA requirement

Current ACT score requirement OR

Current SAT requirement

$  1,000

2.8-2.9 GPA

17 ACT

850 SAT

$  3,000

3.0 GPA

21 ACT

1000 SAT

$  4,000

3.2-3.4 GPA

20 ACT

940 SAT

$  8,000

3.5-4.0 GPA

21 ACT

980 SAT (In State)


3.5-4.0 GPA

21 ACT

980 SAT (Out of State)

The scholarships are renewable for up to three years based on a student’s academic performance. Students are considered upon admission to the University.

Charles H. Wesley Presidential Scholarships

Named after our founding president and esteemed historian, Charles Wesley, the Charles H. Wesley Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious freshman award offered by Central State University. It covers full tuition and academic fees as well as the costs of room and board for a university-approved residence hall. To be considered for the Charles H. Wesley Presidential Scholarship, students must have a 3.50 or higher GPA on a 4.00 scale and a score of 21 on the ACT (or 850 or better on the SAT). The scholarship recipient will have to maintain a required 3.5 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) and completion of a minimum of 31 credit hours per academic year (excluding summer sessions). The scholarship award will be renewed annually for up to three (3) consecutive years.

The scholarship recipient must maintain a required 3.0 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) and complete at least 15 credit hours per semester for the scholarship to be renewed annually for up to (3) three consecutive years, for a total of four years of scholarship support.

The scholarship application itself consists of two parts:

  • Applicants must complete the application form that allows the applicants to provide his/her address, contact and academic information as well as a list of organizations and activities participated in and awards or honors received.
  • An essay 500 words or less addressing the essay questions provided on the application.

Applications are due by March 30 students may secure application via our website.

Selection Process: We will send notification confirming that we have received your application. Selection of the scholarship recipients will take place in April and all finalists will be notified of their status on or before April 30.

Applications and questions regarding the application process should be directed to Esther Banks, Access & Investment Educator. She may be reached by phone at 937-376-6159 or by email at

Charles H. Wesley Presidential Scholarship Application


Competitive Band Scholarships

Ramon Key,

Choir, and Fine & Performing Arts Scholarships

(937) 376-6154

Education Scholarships

The Lewis Lattimer Scholarship for an African American male freshman student who enters the College of Education with a minimum high school grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale and/or who has an ACT score of at least 21. This is renewable awards of up to $6,000 for continued academic excellence of at least a G.P.A. of 3.0 and continued progress toward graduation in teacher education.

General Alumni Association Scholarships

The General Alumni Association is offering Central State University students a scholarship of a $1000. Students must have at least a 2.5 minimum cumulative G.P.A, be entering into their junior or senior year, and be involved in at least one activity at Central State University. 

Atlanta Alumni Chapter Scholarships

The Atlanta Alumni Chapter is offering Central State students from the Metro Atlanta area a scholarship of $1000. Students must have at least a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA and be entering into their sophomore, junior, or senior year at Central State.  Applications are available online


External Scholarship Opportunities

The Blogging Scholarship - Deadline November 13, 2014

Scholarship amount: $1000
Major(s): All Majors
Classification(s): Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior.

Additional Requirements:

  • Applicant must already own a blog or can start a blog of interest