How to Pay for College

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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 $2,000 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 October 10th, 2017.

  • Local Scholarship Applications
  • Applications must be received by December 15th, 2017
    The OSU Alumni Club of Muskingum County participates in the Alumni Scholars Program providing scholarship awards as competitive, merit-based, recruitment scholarships. Multiple awards of $600 of more will be awarded. The standards of selection for this award are:

    • Admission to The Ohio State University
    • Demonstrated involvement in school and community activities
    • A sound interest and positive attitude toward college work
    • Suggested ranking in the top 10-25% of your high school graduating class

    Completed application, recommendation letter, and official transcript must be received by December 15th, 2017.

  • Deadline is January 1, 2018.
    Open to graduating seniors who hold a current NWTF membership. Each local scholarship winner will receive a minimum of $250. Each state/provincial Scholarship winner will receive a minimum of $1,000. The national scholarship winner will receive $10,000. Download application for more details.

  • Must be received by 4:00 P.M. on January 9th, 2018
    During the current academic year The Shinnick Educational Fund will again hold a competition for Undergraduate College Scholarship Awards. For 2017-2018, at least five four-year scholarships will be awarded, ranging from a maximum of $10,000 per year to a minimum of $3,000 per year. Scholarships will be renewable for a total length of time of four years for students who maintain at least a 2.7 GPA in college. Competition for the Scholarship Awards is open to any graduating high school senior who is a resident of Muskingum County and who expects to graduate by the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

  • Deadline is January 15, 2018.
    The Virginia M. Wagner Educational Grant is a cash award given annually to a woman in the Soroptimist International Midwestern Region who is currently attending college or a university working toward a bachelors, masters or doctoral degree in her chosen field. The award process begins at the club level where grant amounts vary at the discretion of the club. Four district finalists receive a $500 cash award and are then judged at the Region level. The Region winner receives a $2000 award.
    Applications must be mailed to: Valencia Clark, Chairwoman
    2970 Military Road
    Zanesville OH 43701

  • Applications must be received by Jan. 29th, 2018.
    Three $1,500 scholarships available to any high school senior residing in a township and planning to attend a two or four year college. Two local government scholarships will be awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding citizenship and community service, and one academic scholarship will be awarded to a student who maintained a B average in high school and received a score of at least 22 on their ACT. Students applying for both categories must postmark the completed applications separately.

  • Deadline is January 31st, 2018.
    Multiple scholarships of $600 or more will be awarded from The Ohio State University Alumni club of Muskingum County. Eligibility is open to any current students of Ohio State University's main campus or branch campuses who graduated from a high school in Muskingum County. Applicants must have been enrolled at Ohio State for a minimum of one academic school year and attained sophomore status or higher, be in good standing with the University, and have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or above in order to be eligible.

  • Deadline is by the end of the business day on Thursday February 1, 2018.
    Up to five $1,000 awards to local students who show outstanding promise and talent for creative writing. To be considered, you must be a full time student from one of the following school districts:
    East Muskingum, Franklin, Maysville, Morgan, Ridgewood, River View, Tri-Valley, or West Muskingum Local Schools. Career Center seniors whose home district is one of the districts served by the MVESC may also apply.

  • 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.

  • 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 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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