Scholarship Opportunities

Continuing Student Scholarship, formally known as Upperclassman Scholarship

Description: Academic Merit based scholarship to continuing students with more 30 or more credit hours by May 30.

Award Amount: $1,000 - $3,000

ELIGIBILITY:  For students who did not receive the Freshman Scholarship or Transfer Student Scholarship, the Continuing Student Scholarship is awarded based on completion of the Central State University General Scholarship Application.  This scholarship is not automatically renewed, but required students to reapply each year.  To be considered, students must meet the following criteria: earned a total of 30 credit hours, which are required for the completion of their program of study, and achieve a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA by May 30.  In addition, students are required to meet the FAFSA deadline to be considered for this award.  International students will be required to submit a copy of their I-20 in lieu of the FAFSA.  Additionally, students must attend different financial literacy workshops during the academic year.

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.

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

2.7 - 2.99 GPA

17 - 18 ACT

810 - 870 SAT

$  2,000

3.0 - 3.29 GPA

19 - 20 ACT

910 - 950 SAT

$  3,000

3.3 - 3.69 GPA

21 - 23 ACT

990 - 1070 SAT

$  4,000

3.7 - 3.99 GPA

21 - 24 ACT

990 - 1110 SAT

Presidential Scholar

4.0 GPA

25+ ACT

1150+ SAT

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 Financial Aid office.



Competitive Band Scholarships

Ramon Key,

Choir, and Fine & Performing Arts Scholarships

Jeremy Winston,

(937) 376-6244




External Scholarship Opportunities



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.

Luther & Mary Ida Vandross Scholarship - Deadline May 4, 2015

Scholarship amount: up to $10,000
GPA: 2.5
Major(s): STEM
Classification(s): Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be a resident of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Southern New Jersey


Anthony Muñoz Foundation - Deadline April 30, 2015