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Scholarships

Scholarships may be based on academic performance, financial need, religious affiliation, minority status, heritage, community affiliations, or a unique set of criteria that is important to the organization providing funds. A few examples of such scholarships are as follows:

  • High schools or prospective colleges may award scholarships based on academic performance.
  • Ethnic organizations often provide scholarships to outstanding students sharing their respective ethnic backgrounds.
  • Many companies offer scholarships to employees and/or children of their employees.
  • Some houses of worship and religious denominations offer scholarships for their members or students planning a career in the clergy.
  • Some organizations sponsor scholarships to attract students to a field of study facing a shortage of workers, or to encourage non-traditional or minority students to pursue a specific degree.
The Scholarship Central Access Program maintains detailed lists of scholarships that are available to students within Muskingum County, as well as at the state and national levels. Important information and actual applications for a wide variety of scholarships may be obtained directly from the Scholarship Central office or downloaded from the website.

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  • Interest free loans available to Muskingum County residents. Maximum amount is $3,000 per year for 4 years. Recipients must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. New applications are accepted in June and July until all money is disbursed. New applicants can apply at the end of May as long as they have all of the required materials. Renewals may be submitted at any time, but are usually submitted in the summer months. Click on the heading above to download an information sheet and go to the William M. Shinnick Educational Fund website for more information and to complete an application.

  • Scholarship Lists
  • Name, criteria, deadline, and contact information for local scholarships last updated February 1, 2018.

  • Local Scholarship Applications
  • Envelopes must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2018.
    Each year, Ohio ACTE awards up to two Darrell Parks Student Scholarships, which provide $1,000 toward the continuing education of career-technical graduates. A one-time monetary scholarship will be sent to the recipient’s program of higher education to be used toward tuition/fees. The recipient must successfully enroll for the first term of post secondary education within one year of being awarded the Darrell Parks Scholarship. Questions may be e-mailed to membership@ohioacte.org or call Ohio ACTE at (614)890-2283.

  • Deadline is March 1, 2018. Applicant must be the Son, Daughter or Grandchild of a Mason in good standing of a Masonic Lodge in the 18th district and be a high school senior pursuing a Bachelor or Associate degree. The application must be complete and contain: signature of Parent or Guardian, your transcript, and 2 letters of recommendation (not family members). To confirm your Lodge is in the 18th district, see the application guidelines.

  • Candidates for the 2018 Dreier Scholarship must be residents of Muskingum County pursuing a degree in veterinary science, agriculture, pre-medicine, or engineering at an accredited college or university with preference given to those studying veterinary science or agriculture. Applications are due by March 1st at 5 PM. An award of $40,000 will be distributed over four years.

  • Deadline is March 1, 2018
    The Ohio State University at Newark Appalachian Scholarship offers need-based awards to students from the following Appalachian counties: Coshocton, Guernsey, Knox, Muskingum, Perry and Tuscarawas. Eligibility is determined on the basis of financial need as established by federal guidelines, and on academic success and volunteerism. Students must be enrolled for at least 6 credit hours at The Ohio State University at Newark. Need is determined by filing the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.

  • Deadline is March 1, 2018.
    The Park National Bank and Associates’ Next Generation Challenge Scholarship was established with gifts from Park National Bank and its associates to honor William T. and Jane Cook McConnell. This scholarship will be awarded to The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College students.

  • Deadline is 5:00p.m. on March 2, 2018. One $250 scholarship awarded annually to a college sophomore, junior or senior or a graduate student to purchase textbooks. Applicants must be a Muskingum County high school graduate, hold a 3.0 grade point average in college, and be able to show proof that they are receiving scholarships or Pell Grant assistance to attend college. Students receiving the Award must have proof of textbook purchases and request reimbursement.

  • Application must be postmarked by March 17, 2018
    Recipient must be the child, grandchild, or greatgrandchild of a member of Muskingum Chapter #485 or a person who was a member at the time of their death.
    Must be a graduate of a high school in Muskingum County.
    May be enrolled in either a 2-year or 4-year undergraduate program.
    Recipient will be evaluated on academic merit, leadership, character, and community service.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
    One annual scholarship of $1000 will be awarded to a graduating senior of Philo High School. Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Student must attend an accredited college, university, or institute. The ideal recipient will possess a balance of academic achievement, extra curricular participation & community involvement. Finalists will be required to interview with the selection committee on Thursday April 26, 2018.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018.
    Open to any Philo High School graduate majoring in nursing or education. Candidates may be high school seniors, current college students, or returning adult students. Applicants must apply online through the link above. You will be able to save your work and come back to it; after you have submitted it, you may still revise your application until the deadline.

  • Deadline is March 20th, 2018.
    One annual scholarship (usually $500) to a student artist pursuing a degree in the visual arts field at a college, university or institute. The scholarship is a one time non-renewable award. Students are nominated by their art teachers. The recipient is selected with consideration given to artistic achievements, artistic potential, academic ability, dependability, responsibility, motivation and recommendations. Student must be a graduate of a Muskingum County High School. Applicants must apply online through the link above. You will be able to save your work and come back to it; after you have submitted it, you may still revise your application until the deadline.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018.
    The College Access Scholarship is created to honor students attending high schools where a college access advisor with AmeriCorps or GEAR UP serves. One award will be given to a student attending Crooksville High School, Maysville High School, Philo High School, Zanesville High School, Mid-East CTC Zanesville, or Mid-East CTC Buffalo. The committee is looking for someone with a commitment to success in higher education and bettering themselves after high school.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018.
    Applicants must be a 2018 high school senior from West Muskingum High School pursuing higher education opportunities for the 2018-19 school year. The applicant must be involved in extra-curricular, community and volunteer activities and planning to obtain a degree in any subject area.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018.
    The Muskingum County Democrat Club hopes to encourage the young adults in Muskingum County to be actively involved in our government. A $500 scholarship will be awarded in 2018.
    Eligibility Criteria:
    1. Applicant must be a High School senior residing in Muskingum County.
    2. Applicant must be planning to attend a two- or four-year accredited college or
    university starting fall term of 2018.
    3. Applicant must be planning a career in the public arena.*
    4. Applicant must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
    5. Family members of the MCDC scholarship committee and the essay judges are
    ineligible.
    6. Completed applications must be submitted before 5 pm on March 20, 2018.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018.
    • All applicants must be graduates of Zanesville High School, Maysville High School, or West Muskingum High School
    • Applicants must be attending an Ohio College or University and are required to major in business, nursing or education OR be attending an Ohio Skilled Trade Tech School for HVAC or Diesel Mechanic.
    • Include a copy of your high school and/or college transcript to date. Student’s GPA MUST be included on all transcripts.
    • Include a copy of your 2017-2018 Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
    • Students are required to attend an accredited university/college or Skilled Trade Tech School within the state of Ohio.
    • Incomplete applications will not be considered for scholarships.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
    Applicants must be a 2018 high school senior attending a Muskingum County high school, pursuing higher education opportunities for the 2018-19 school year. The applicant must be involved in extra-curricular, community and volunteer activities and planning to obtain a degree in any subject area.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018.
    Scholarships will be awarded to applicants that demonstrate a true love for life, a fantastic work ethic, a great sense of humor, and true respect for their family. All applicants must be 2018 graduates of a Muskingum County high school and be student athletes from the following sports: golf, bowling, or softball. Applicants must apply online through the link above. You will be able to save your work and come back to it; after you have submitted it, you may still revise your application until the deadline.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018.
    Applicants must be a 2018 high school senior attending a Muskingum County high school or a current college student (undergraduate or graduate) pursuing higher education opportunities in music performance or music education at Muskingum University or Ohio University for the 2018-19 school year. The applicant must have at least a 2.5 GPA and have been active in music during high school.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018.
    Applicants must be a 2018 graduating Tri-Valley High School senior with a cumulative GPA exceeding 3.0. Applicant must have been active in track and/or cross country for at least one high school season. Applicants must be planning to attend any 2 or 4 year accredited institution. Upon acceptance, the scholarship may be used toward any major.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018.
    Applicant must be a graduating senior (or previously graduated senior if a military veteran) from Zanesville High School (ZHS) with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (where 4.0 is the highest possible) or higher. Applicant must have been active in a community service group or organization during their high school years and planning to attend any two or four-year accredited institution. Upon acceptance, the scholarship may be used toward any major field of study. Applicants may use the scholarship to attend accredited technical or vocational institutions meeting the academic requirements (or similar grading system) noted above. ZHS graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds, qualified veterans, and those entering into the college-level Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs should receive preference.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018.
    Each candidate must be a graduating Zanesville High School senior pursuing a degree in the Visual Arts or Education at a college, university, or institute. Students majoring in Performing Arts are not eligible to apply.

    Teachers or instructors can nominate or recommend more than 1 student for the scholarship. The recommendation or nomination form should be completed by an individual that knows information about the applicants art abilities, preferably by an art instructor. The nomination or recommendation form is confidential and will not be shared with the applicant.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018
    Applicants for this scholarship must meet all the requirements below:
    -Zanesville High School Graduate
    -Minimum 2.0 GPA
    -85% attendance
    -Part time job
    -Affiliation with a religious institution
    -Favorable recommendations from counselors, employers, etc.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018.
    Applicants must be a graduating Zanesville High School senior with a GPA of at least 2.8 who plans to pursue higher education opportunities during the 2018-19 school year. Applicants must also have participated in band, soccer, or track during their high school career.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018.
    Applicants must be a 2018 high school senior from John Glenn High School pursuing higher education opportunities for the 2018-19 school year or who will be pursuing a career in the military. The applicant must be involved in volunteer, school, community, extracurricular, arts, music, drama and church activities and planning to obtain a degree in any subject area.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018.
    The Matthew B. Robinson Scholarship is open to students who have graduated from a Muskingum County High School and are presently enrolled as a freshman, sophomore, or junior in a 4 year accredited institution majoring in Special Education. The applicant must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA based on a 4.0 scale. Applicants should show evidence of community service, club memberships, or athletic participation while in high school and/or college. The $1000.00 scholarship may be used toward any Special Education major.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018.
    Multiple awards to graduates of Zanesville/Muskingum County high schools who live in Muskingum County. Students must be a resident of Muskingum County, must not have an EFC of zero (Estimated Family Contribution from the FAFSA), must not be in the top 5% of your class, must have 2.0 GPA or better, be first-time college students enrolled in a program leading to degree/certificate at an accredited institution, have clear knowledge of specific occupational goals, and exhibit motivation/need for the scholarship. Applicants must apply online through the link above. You will be able to save your work and come back to it; after you have submitted it, you may still revise your application until the deadline.

  • Must be postmarked by March 20, 2018.
    Two $1,000 scholarships, one to a senior attending Waterford High School and one to a senior attending West Muskingum High School. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0, be involved in community activities including some volunteering, and be planning to attend a 4 year degree college or university. Applicants will submit application, two nomination letters and an essay.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018.
    Applicant must be a graduating high school senior from a school in Muskingum County with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (where 4.0 is the highest possible) or higher or a current college student. Applicant must have been active in a community service group or organization during their high school career. Applicant must be planning to attend or be attending any 2 or 4 year accredited institution. The scholarship may be used toward any major.

  • Deadline for nomination letters is March 20, 2018 at 5 p.m.
    Two $500 awards to college-bound high school seniors in Muskingum, Guernsey, and Morgan Counties. Nominations by guidance counselors, ministers, principals or physicians are reviewed on the student's character and ability to succeed in spite of extraordinary challenges. One winner from Rosecrans and one selected other area high school.

  • Deadline is March 20, 2018.
    Applicants must be 2018 high school senior girls from Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia or Pennsylvania, who play or have played softball and wish to pursue opportunities in higher education for the 2018-2019 school year. The applicant must have a minimum 3.2 GPA and excel in the sport of softball. They must be able to demonstrate and articulate the attributes of: leadership, passion, commitment and determination. See the program page of the online application for complete details on eligibility and requirements.

  • Deadline is March 31, 2018.
    Awards are for high school seniors pursuing a four-year degree in the areas of business, liberal arts, education, or STEM. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.8 or higher and live in an area served by Peoples Bank. Awards will be made to students based upon a demonstration of financial need with preference being given to those students having a higher need.

  • Completed applications must be emailed or postmarked by April 1st, 2018
    Open to female residents of Muskingum County who have been accepted to, or are currently enrolled in, a college, university, certificate or professional program. The goal of the fund is to promote the equality of women in the workplace, therefore special consideration will be given to non-traditional students who are working to obtain further skills or advance their chosen careers. Three $500 scholarships will be awarded.

  • Deadline is April 2, 2018.
    This scholarship is awarded to young women from Muskingum County who are planning to pursue a degree program, associate or higher, related to the welfare of young children and their families. The amount of each scholarship will vary, but the minimum award will be $500. Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

  • Deadline April 15th, 2018.
    Open to Ohio residents accepted for enrollment or current students in a 2 or 4 year forest resource education program at an approved college, university, junior college, or technical college. Open to graduating seniors and current college students, may reapply.

  • Deadline for first priority awards is May 1 of each year.

    Applications received after May 1 will be considered on a funds-available basis.

    Minimum GPA of 2.75

  • **Deadlines vary, check each description.**

    Brauning-Sammons Scholarship - Only for students who are attending Ohio University Zanesville majoring in nursing. Applicants must reside in Muskingum County. Consideration given to financial circumstances, letters of recommendation, academic standing, and grades. Completed applications are to be returned to Ohio University Zanesville, Nursing or Financial Aid Department. Deadline is April 1st.

    Ruth M. Hughes - For graduates of a Muskingum County high school with a cumulative GPA between 2.5 - 3.5 (not above or below) and rank in the upper 1/3 of their high school graduating class. Consideration given to test score, financial need, and the essay. Deadline is May 15th.

    Don and Winona Manifold - For graduates of Philo High School with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Deadline is May 15th. Must reapply each year.

    Helen Vandenbark - For graduates of Zanesville High School who are majoring in education. Deadline is May 15th. May reapply each year.

    Katherine B. Geis Musical Fund- Multiple awards for Muskingum County residents majoring in music. Consideration given to grades, financial circumstances, and letters of recommendation. Deadline is April 1st. Recipients may apply each year for renewal.

    Scholarship applications may be obtained at Huntington Wealth Advisors, located in the Huntington National Bank building, 3rd Floor, 422 Main Street, P.O. Box 2307, Zanesville, Ohio 43702-2307 after January 1, 2018.

  • Deadline is May 15th, 2018.
    This scholarship is made available through the Huntington Bank Wealth Advisors. Multiple awards of ($1,500-$8,800) available to students residing within Zanesville City Limits. Must have a GPA of 2.0 or better. Consideration given to need, recommendations, and community service. First time applicants must be under the age of 21 to apply. May re-apply each year for renewal.

    Applications available at, and due at, Huntington National Bank, 433 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Zanesville, OH 43701.

    * Students may receive the McIntire (for inside the city limits) or the Special (for outside the city limits) but not both*

  • Deadline is May 15th, 2018.
    This scholarship is made available by the Huntington Bank Wealth Advisors.
    Multiple awards ($400-$1,000) for Muskingum County residents with a GPA of 2.0 or higher who do not reside within the city limits of Zanesville. Consideration given to grades, recommendations, and need. There is no age limit for applicants. May re-apply each year.

    Applications available at, and due at, Huntington National Bank, 433 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Zanesville, OH 43701.

    * Students may receive the McIntire (for inside the city limits) or the Special (for outside the city limits) but not both*

  • Deadline is May 31st, 2018.
    The Walter M. Hughes scholarship will be awarded to residents of Muskingum County currently studying or intending to study ceramic engineering at an accredited college or university. Scholarships may also be granted to applicants studying other branches of engineering, the natural and biological sciences, or other fields with preference given in the listed order. Consideration will be given to the the applicant's character, academic ability, financial need, and letters of recommendation.

  • Deadline June 1, 2018.
    Three to five $1,000.00 awards to Muskingum County residents offered each year to students with a dedication to community service and volunteering. All Applicants must be graduating students from a high school located within Muskingum County. No applications from those having already graduated high school in a previous school year and now attending college or a tech school will be considered.

  • Deadline is July 1, 2018.
    Y-Bridge Chapter #51 awards one or more $500 grants to an entering freshman or upperclassman student who shows superior academic achievements and exhibits a financial need. Applicants must be a permanent resident of a South Eastern Ohio county and enroll or be enrolled in a program of health care related studies in an accredited school in Ohio. Application, letter, three reference letters, transcripts and ACT or SAT scores required. See guidelines and application for detailed instructions.

  • Scholarship Central will be soon be offering another scholarship for students who have completed at least their first year of postsecondary education. The Violet And Ralph Hennessey Scholarship will be an online application available through a link on this page.

    To be notified when they are released, sign up for the Scholarship Central email list through this link or by clicking "Join Our Mailing List" in the upper right corner of this page.


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