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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NEW PAGE! State and National Scholarships

  • 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 March 15th, 2017.

  • Local Scholarship Applications
  • 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.

  • Online application must be submitted by 11:59 pm on July 15th, 2017. This year we are accepting applications online for the 2017 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 July 15, 2017.
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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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