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.

  • This is a new scholarship to be awarded for the first time in Spring of 2016!  

  • The Corley and Melodie Thomas Scholarship

    Applicant must be a graduating high school senior from a school in Muskingum County 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 groups or organizations during their high school career. Applicant must be planning to attend any 2 or 4 year accredited institution. Upon acceptance, the scholarship may be used toward any major. A scholarship of at least $1000. Be sure to join our Scholarship Central mailing list to be notified when the application is available.

  • Applications are presently being accepted for The Ronna Bucci and Dr. Charles Dietz Art Endowment Fund 2015 Artist’s Award.

  • 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.

  • Scholarship Lists
  • Name, criteria, deadline, and contact information for local scholarships last updated September 10, 2015.

  • Scholarship Applications

    We have two sections of scholarships now. Be sure to check both!
         Local Scholarships
         State and Regional Scholarships

  • Local Scholarship Applications
  • Deadline is December 1, 2015. Young women between the ages of 14 and 17 are selected based on volunteer action within their community. The Violet Richardson Award program begins at the local Soroptimist club level, where the type of award
    varies. Club level winners then become eligible for one of 28 $1,000 awards. In addition, $1,000 will be contributed in honor of these winners to their volunteer organizations. One finalist will be chosen from among the 28 winners for an additional award, including a contribution of $2,500 to the finalist’s volunteer organization.

  • Completed applications must be postmarked by December 7th, 2015. The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund at the Muskingum County Community Foundation hopes to encourage graduating seniors from Muskingum County to pursue higher education at a 2 or 4 year college or university. Multiple $500 book scholarships will be awarded in 2016. Scholarships will be divided into two payments of $250 each. Eligibility criteria include that an applicant must be a minority student, be on track to be a 2016 high school graduate, have taken a CP, Honors, or AP track throughout high school, have applied to a 2 or 4 year college or university and have a GPA of 3.0 or better, (on a 4.0 scale). Download application for all eligibility criteria.

  • Deadline is January 15, 2016. 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

  • Scholarship Central will be soon be offering another scholarship for students who have completed at least their first year of postsecondary education. The 2014 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.

  • State and National Scholarship Applications
  • Upcoming Deadline: October 16th, 2015
    Following Deadline: April 15th, 2016
    Level: Undergraduate or Graduate
    Occurs: Bi-annually
    Applicants: Must be legal US residents, must be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited university in the US Awards

    Three runner-up recipients will receive a free counter top drinking filter and 4 sport bottles as a prize

    Essay: What are some ways to instill a greater sense of urgency with water conservation in young people and what would be the marketing slogan Pelican Water would use to highlight the new campaign?

    Transcripts: High School Graduate (or equivalent): 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA or University: 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA Reference: One letter of recommendation

    Submit applications (and all associated materials) to

    By submitting an entry, applicants acknowledge that they have read and agree to the full terms and conditions of the scholarship.

  • Deadline is November 3, 2015.
    In each state and Washington, D.C., the top middle level and high school applicant will be named State Honorees and will receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., April 30 - May 3, 2016.
    Runners-up will also be selected in each state and named Distinguished Finalists, receiving a bronze medallion. Other state-level winners will receive Certificates of Excellence. All state-level honorees will be announced in February. During the trip, 10 of the State Honorees will be named America’s top youth volunteers of the year. These National Honorees will receive $5,000 awards, engraved gold medallions, crystal trophies for their schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.
    All Local Honorees who have committed a minimum number of hours to their volunteer activities will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

  • Former name of award was "Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Award". Deadline is November 15, 2015. Open to head-of-household women in need of financial assistance and attending or accepted to an undergraduate degree program or vocational skills training program. Local awards of $500. Regional and international awards up to $10,000.

  • Deadline is January 7, 2016. In honor of the legacy and character of President Ronald Reagan during the Centennial of his birth, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and GE are proud to launch the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. This new program annually rewards up to 20 college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with $10,000 renewable scholarships (up to $40,000 per recipient).
    Like President Reagan, candidates use the formative experiences of their youth to lead, serve, and pursue a life of progress, both individually and for their communities. Candidates must be nominated for this award by a community leader, such as a high school principal, elected official or nonprofit executive, and each leader may nominate only one applicant. The nominating leader must have observed the candidate in a leadership role, such as a student activity advisor, community service coordinator, coach, employer, teacher, counselor or religious leader. To apply, click on the link above and complete the application.

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