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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 $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 February 23rd, 2017.

  • Local Scholarship Applications
  • 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: Asmcbuckeye.scholarship@gmail.com.

  • Deadline is March 1, 2017. 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.

  • Deadline is March 1, 2017
    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 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.

  • Deadline is March 1, 2017.
    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.

  • 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. Envelopes must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2017.

  • Candidates for the 2017 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 3, 2017. One $250 scholarship awarded annually to a college sophomore, junior or senior or a graduate student to purchase textbooks. Applicants must 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.

  • 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 15th, 2017. 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 15, 2017. The 2017 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, John Glenn 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 15, 2017. Applicants must be a 2017 high school senior from West Muskingum 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.

  • 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 2017.
    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 2017.
    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 postmarked by March 15 to:
    MC Democrat Club Scholarship
    c/o Muskingum County Community Foundation
    534 Putnam Ave
    Zanesville, OH 43701

  • 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, 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 is March 15, 2017. 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 2017 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 15th, 2017. Applicants must be a 2017 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 2017-18 school year. The applicant must have at least a 2.5 GPA and have been active in music during high school.

  • Deadline is March 15, 2017. 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 March 15, 2017. Applicant must be a Maysville High School senior planning to attend an accredited college or university and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

  • Deadline is March 15, 2017. 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 15, 2017. 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 15, 2017. 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 15 2017. The Mike Strohl Memorial Scholarship Mike Strohl was a math teacher and coach at Franklin Local School District from 1975 until he retired in 2006. He died suddenly and unexpectedly in 2015. He taught life lessons on and off the field. His family would like to honor his memory by providing a Philo senior with a scholarship. Applicants must be a 2017 graduating Philo High School senior. Applicants should show evidence of community service, club memberships, or athletic participation while in high school and will be asked to submit an essay and one online recommendation.

  • Deadline has been extended to March 15, 2017. Applicants must be a 2017 West Muskingum High School senior, 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. Applicant must be involved in football or music. Recipient must receive a 2.5 GPA or higher their first semester to receive their second scholarship check.

  • 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.

  • Deadline March 15, 2017. Applicants must be 2017 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 2017-2018 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.

  • Application must be postmarked by March 18, 2017
    Recipient must be the child or grandchild of a Master Mason or Eastern Star Member.
    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, 2017. The alumni and active members of Delta Theta Sigma fraternity on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University are proud to offer scholarships for incoming males freshmen and transfer students this fall. Over $10,000 will be offered in this program. These scholarships are offered to male students enrolling at main campus - Columbus. You may submit online or mail in application. Mail Completed application forms to:

    Chris Barlow, Alumni Scholarship Chair
    Delta Theta Sigma Fraternity
    3042 Bickel Church Rd NW
    Baltimore, OH 43105

  • Deadline is March 31, 2017. The IBI Group Scholarship Fund is established by IBI Group (formerly known as M•E Companies, Inc.), a multi-disciplinary global leader specializing in Infrastructure, Buildings and Intelligence with four offices located in Ohio. The scholarship fund includes two, $1,500 scholarships awarded by IBI annually.

  • Deadline is March 31, 2017. 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 is April 1, 2017. $500 scholarships open to residents of the 30-county Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD) service area for at least 1 year prior to the deadline. Applicants must reside in a household with a total annual income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, and have a high school diploma or GED. Visit the COAD website for complete instructions and applications.

  • Deadline is April 1, 2017. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2,500. Criteria include 2.0 GPA; residency in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, or Illinois with preference for residents of Piqua, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; or Miami County, Ohio. Applicants must demonstrate financial need related to cost of proposed education and commitment to giving back to the community. The application is ONLINE; click on the link above and you will download the PDF with guidelines, instructions and the link to the online application.

  • Deadline is April 1, 2017. 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 is April 1st, 2017. A $4,000 scholarship payable over a 4-year period. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior with a parent or guardian as a member in good standing with the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio or have been in good standing at the time of their death. Email applications to: dyoung@fopohio.org or mail to: 
    FOPA Scholarship Committee
    222 E. Town St.
    Columbus, OH, 43215‐4611

  • The William D. Squires Educational Foundation, Inc. will award 12 Ohio high school seniors a renewable (up to $12,000) scholarship worth $3,000 per calendar year. The applicants must have an EFC (expected family contribution listed on SAR from the FAFSA) of 7,999 or less and a financial need of at least $3,000, be a graduating senior from an Ohio school, have a specific career goal, be highly motivated, have good character, and show academic promise with a minimum GPA of 3.2.

    Applications must be submitted by April 5th.

  • Deadline is April 14, 2017
    These scholarships are available to any current high school senior graduating from any Ohio High School by June of 2017.
    • The applicant only needs a “C” average or better to apply. Students do not have to demonstrate financial need.
    • Each applicant must be nominated by a local civic or community leader or by a current member of the Ohio Legislature.
    • Any recipient of a scholarship must be able to meet the college or school’s entrance requirements.
    • Each applicant is eligible to apply for up to three scholarships, but must use a separate application for each scholarship.
    • The scholarship recipient must start classes either the summer or the fall term following their high school graduation.

  • Deadline is April 21, 2017 The Mary T. Patterson scholarship (up to $500) is awarded to a former Head Start child who is a high school senior or high school graduate to support their pursuit of higher education. This may include college, a certification program, or any training that will increase the applicant's educational and employment opportunities.

  • Deadline is April 18, 2017. $500 scholarship open to graduating Maysville High School seniors who are furthering their education or entering a branch the US military. It is not based on athletics, merit, or need. Completed applications can be turned into the Maysville High School office.

  • J. Donald Kincaid and Julianne Kincaid Educational Trust

    Deadline is May 1, 2017. Funds totaling $390,000 were awarded in 2016, making this one of the largest Educational Trusts in Muskingum County. Scholarships are available to any graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate college students, who are graduates of any public or private high school in Muskingum County, Ohio. All interested students are encouraged to apply. Application available in December. Completed applications must be returned to the office of Kincaid Taylor & Geyer by the deadline of May 1.

    Applications are available at Century National Bank’s Main Office located at 14 South Fifth Street, and the office of Kincaid, Taylor & Geyer located at 50 North Fourth Street.

    Completed applications must be returned to the office of Kincaid Taylor & Geyer by the deadline of May 1, 2017.

  • Deadline is May 1, 2017. Multiple awards ($200-$1,000) open to graduates of any Muskingum County High School. Consideration given to academics, need, recommendations, and participation in activities and community service. Recipients may reapply each year for renewal. Applications may be picked up at the
    Kincaid, Taylor and Geyer Law Offices, 50 North Fourth Street, Zanesville, OH 43701. Their phone number is (740) 454-2591.

  • Scholarships Available Through Huntington Bank:

    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, 2017. Phone number (740) 455-7000

    Brauning-Sammons Trust Fund: Only for students who are attending Ohio University Zanesville and are majoring in nursing. For residents of Muskingum County. Applications can be obtained at Ohio University Zanesville in the Nursing Department, or Huntington Wealth Advisors. Completed applications are to be returned to Ohio University Zanesville, Nursing or Financial Aid Department. Deadline is April 1, 2017.

    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. Must submit a 150-word essay. Deadline is May 15, 2017. May reapply each year; if you are already receiving the Ruth Hughes Scholarship do not reapply.

    Don and Winona Manifold: For graduates of Philo High School with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Selection based on character, promise of being able to complete academic course successfully, and financial circumstances. Misuse of alcoholic beverages by student is detrimental in securing this scholarship. Deadline is May 15, 2017. Must reapply each year.

    Katherine B. Geis Musical Fund: Multiple awards ($1,500-$2,500) each year to Muskingum County residents majoring in music. Consideration given to grades, financial circumstances and letters of recommendation. Recipients may reapply each year for renewal. Completed applications due by April 1.

    John McIntire Education Fund: Multiple awards ($1,000 to $8,800) for students who reside within the Zanesville City Limits with cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Consideration given to need, recommendations, and community service. Recipients may reapply each year for renewal. Deadline is May 15, 2017.

    Special (Slocomb, Wilkins, Griffee, Clapper): Multiple awards ($400-$1,000) for Muskingum County residents with a 2.0 GPA or higher who do NOT reside within the city limits of Zanesville. Consideration given to grades, recommendations and need. May re-apply each year. Deadline is May 15, 2017.

    Helen Vandenbark: Eight $300-$400 scholarships each year for graduates of Zanesville High School. Applicants must major in education and be interested in teaching in public schools. Consideration given to grades, need, and recommendations. May re-apply each year. Deadline is May 15, 2017.

  • 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.

  • 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 June 1, 2017. 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.

  • This is a common application form for the Genesis HealthCare Foundation scholarships. There are 8 scholarships which will use this application form.
    **Applications must be postmarked by no later than June 15, 2017. **

    Charles & Gloria Wehr Nursing Scholarship
    Open to employees of Genesis and immediate families who are residents of Muskingum County pursuing degrees in nursing. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Consideration given to academics, essays, references, and need.

    Edward L. Merry and Bernice Anderson Merry Nursing Scholarship
    Open to residents of Muskingum County pursuing nursing degrees. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Consideration given to academics, essays, references, and need.

    Jim and Betty Hooper Scholarship
    Open to employees of Genesis and immediate families who are residents of Muskingum and Perry counties pursuing a degree in the health care field. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Consideration given to academics, essays, references, and need.

    John A. Gonder Memorial Scholarship
    Open to residents of Muskingum, Morgan, Perry, Coshocton, Noble and Guernsey counties pursuing a degree in the health care field. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Consideration given to academics, essays, references, and need.

    Judith Moody Nursing Scholarship
    Applicants must be pursuing a degree in nursing. Preference given to Genesis employees and immediate families. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Consideration given to academics, essays, references, and need.

    Good Samaritan Nurses Alumni Scholarship
    Descendant of graduate of Good Samaritan School of Nursing.

    Dr. Bobby D. Young Scholarship
    Applicant must be pursuing a degree in nursing or any health related field. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Applicant must reside in Muskingum, Guernsey, Noble, Morgan, Coshocton or Perry County (permanent address, not school address). Applicant must show a potential contribution to the health care field as determined by the application submitted by applicant.

    Bethesda Hospital of Nursing Alumna Association Scholarship

  • Deadline is June 30, 2017. $500 grant to a resident of Muskingum County who has graduated from a Muskingum County High School preparing to teach and who is entering the final year of college, ready to student teach. The award money will be paid
    directly to the recipient. The criteria used to select the recipient will include a strong interest in teaching, recommendations and scholarship. The deadline for the receipt of application will be June 30, 2017. Supporting materials must be received by July 15, 2017.

  • Deadline is July 1, 2017. 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.

  • Application must be postmarked by September 29, 2017. Students must have completed their sophomore year of college and be education majors or pursuing an advanced degree in education. They must be residents of Muskingum County who hold a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average for all coursework toward the degree they are pursuing.


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