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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
  • 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.

  • Deadline is by the end of the business day on Wednesday February 1, 2017. 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 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

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • For current students of Ohio State University. Applicants must be: residents of Muskingum County and graduates of a Muskingum County high school, must have attended the main campus or a branch campus of The Ohio State University for a minimum of one academic school year and be currently enrolled in good standing, must have attained the academic status of college sophomore or higher and are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, and must have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or above. All application materials must be submitted by mail or in person no later than February 15, 2017 to the following location:

    OSUACMC Scholarship
    Scholarship Central
    534 Putnam Avenue
    Zanesville, OH 43701

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

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