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 11, 2016.

  • Local Scholarship Applications
  • Online application must be submitted by 11:59 pm on December 10th, 2016. This year we are accepting applications online for the 2016 Forest M. and Meryl C. Cale Scholarship. Any Muskingum County resident who has completed at least their freshman year at a two or four-year accredited college, technical college or university within the United States is eligible to apply. Number and amount of awards vary annually, depending on availability of funds. 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. If you do not receive a confirmation email after you submit your application, it may not have been submitted successfully, so follow the directions on the form to contact Scholarship Central.

  • Deadline is December 10th, 2016.
    A candidate for the Charles and Mary Lou Heck Educational Scholarship is expected to fit the profile described below.
    • Be a resident of Muskingum County and a graduate of a certified Muskingum County high school.
    • Be a current undergraduate or graduate college student.
    • Maintained at least a “C” average in high school (2.0 GPA on a 4 point grading system).
    • Maintain no less than a “C” average in pursuing higher education.
    • Attend a program leading to a 2 or 4 year degree/certificate from an accredited institution.
    • Have clear career knowledge of the occupation he/she wishes to pursue.
    • Be highly motivated to acquire the knowledge necessary to be successful in his/her chosen field.
    • May be a “late bloomer” who has gained focus and direction the last year or two of high school.
    • May come from a family which does not qualify for student financial aid on the basis of need.
    • May have graduated earlier and has now chosen to further his/her education.
    • Not necessarily be a top student who is eligible for academic scholarships or a member of a low-income family who would qualify for adequate financial aid on the basis of need.

  • The OSU Alumni Club of Muskingum County participates in the Alumni Scholars Program providing scholarship awards as competitive, merit-based, recruitment scholarships. 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% of your high school graduating class

    Please submit applications and updated transcripts by December 20, 2016.

  • Deadline is January 1, 2017. 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.

  • Due January 10, 2017. During the current academic year The Shinnick Educational Fund will again hold a competition for Undergraduate College Scholarship Awards. For 2016-2017, 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 2016-2017 school year.

  • Deadline is January 15, 2017. 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

  • Deadline is January 27, 2017.

  • The Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship is awarded by the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling each year to outstanding high school seniors who exhibits the following qualities:

    • Demonstrates and shows a continued commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity
    • Attends an OACAC member high school (just one HS counselor needs to be a member to qualify, please check with your counselor to verify that your high school is an OACAC member).
    • Has an accumulated grade point average of 3.00 or better on a 4.00 scale in a college preparatory curriculum
    • Will attend an Ohio college or university

    The application deadline is February 3rd, 2017.

  • For high school seniors who plan to enter a field of study related to financial or resource management in business administration, economics, public administration, and computer science, operations research as related to financial management, accounting, or finance. Applications must be received NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 28, 2017 to:

  • 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 or call Ohio ACTE at (614)890-2283. Envelopes must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2017.

  • Deadline is March 15, 2017 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 27, 2017. 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 15, 2017. 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 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Applicants must be a 2017 high school senior attending a Muskingum County high school, or Cambridge High School, pursuing higher education opportunities for the 2017-18 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 for nomination letters is March 15, 2017 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.

  • 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.

  • Deadline is two weeks prior to the starting date of the semester you wish to enroll. Applications and all required documentation must be received in the Admissions Office by that date.
    Eligibility Checklist
    You must meet all of the following criteria:
     Have a composite score of 21 or higher on the ACT (or equivalent SAT score).
     Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher after the completion of senior year.
     Pass all sections of the Ohio Graduation Test.
     Reside in or attend a high school in Muskingum, Guernsey or Noble counties.
     Enroll at Zane State College within five (5) academic semesters after high school graduation.

  • Deadline is February 1, 2017. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be enrolled full-time in a U.S. institution for graduate or undergraduate program, be U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees. If you are concerned with the effects of alcohol abuse and addiction and want to help raise awareness of its dangers, we encourage you to share your vision and have a chance to win money to cover your educational expenses. The submitted essays must not exceed 1,200 words and should answer the following questions:

    • How alcohol abuse and addiction affects the modern society?
    • What steps can be taken to decrease the impact of alcohol abuse and addictions on people and society?

    The winning applicants will be determined based on the essay content, style and originality. Judges are looking for logically organized and well-supported essays. Email your essay as well as a scanned copy of your completed application form to

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