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 has been extended to March 29th, 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 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.

  • Must be postmarked by March 31, 2017. The AK Steel Foundation established this scholarship to provide a permanent source of support for students pursuing studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, with particular emphasis on metallurgy. Scholarships are available to both traditional and non-traditional students within the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio.

  • Must be postmarked by March 31, 2017. The Ora E. Anderson Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Ora Eaton Anderson and his lifelong contributions toward the conservation of Appalachian Ohio’s natural environment. The scholarship provides support to students pursuing studies associated with the natural sciences.

  • Must be postmarked by March 31, 2017. The Bellisio Foods Scholarship was established by Bellisio Foods to increase access to post-secondary opportunities for children and grandchildren of Bellisio employees. Scholarships support programs providing training and certification in various trades and fields of vocational interest, associate degree programs, and four-year institutions of higher learning.

  • Must be postmarked by March 31, 2017. The Ariana R. Ulloa Scholarship was established by family and friends to honor the memory and life’s work of Ariana R. Ulloa. Scholarships support international students pursuing any field of study, or students pursuing a degree in international studies. Eligible students must be residing or studying in one of the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio, or in Franklin, Fairfield or Delaware counties.

  • Deadline is March 31, 2017. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist worthy graduates of Guernsey County high schools obtain a college education.

  • Must be postmarked by March 31, 2017. Both passionate about education and champions of the region, White and Evans were committed to ensuring finances were not a barrier to the ability of the region’s youth to access post-secondary opportunities. Open to students in all 32 counties, the White/Evans Scholarship serves to help all students realize they can pursue post-secondary education, regardless of financial situation.

  • 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. Each candidate must be a graduating Zanesville High School senior pursuing a degree in the Visual Arts or Education at a college, university, or institute. Students majoring in Performing Arts are not eligible to apply.

    Teachers or instructors can nominate or recommend more than 1 student for the scholarship. The recommendation or nomination form should be completed by an individual that knows information about the applicants art abilities, preferably by an art instructor. The nomination or recommendation form is confidential and will not be shared with the applicant.

  • 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: 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 7th, 2017. Applicants must be a 2017 graduating Tri-Valley High School senior with a cumulative GPA exceeding 3.0. Applicant must have been active in track and/or cross country for at least one high school season. Applicants must be planning to attend any 2 or 4 year accredited institution. Upon acceptance, the scholarship may be used toward any major.

  • Deadline is April 7th. 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 group or organization during their high school career. Applicant must be planning to attend any 2 or 4 year accredited institution. The scholarship may be used toward any major.

  • 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.

  • Deadline is April 30th annually. $500 award open to current high school seniors who have been accepted to attend college, or current undergraduate students attending college, to pursue a degree in Textiles, Fashion Design, Fiber Arts, Art Education, or Art Therapy.
    Applicant must be, or have been, a senior of a high school in Muskingum County, OR a relative of a current member of the Pieceable Quilters Guild.

    Selection is based on academics, essay, recommendations, and participation in activities, and community service.

  • Deadline April 21, 2017
    The following items are the criteria for the Ryan Church Memorial Scholarship;
    250.00 for one senior student-athlete
    Minimum of a 3.0 GPA (cumulative) at the end of the 1st semester of their senior year.
    Minimum of one (1) varsity letter earned.
    To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship by the selection committee, the participant must;
    • Complete the “Application Form” page (see attachment)
    • Complete the “Athletic Honors” page (see attachment)
    • Complete the “Letter of Interest” page (see attachment)
    • Must hand deliver required pages to Mr. Rider or Ms. Brown in the high school office before the deadline

  • 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.

  • Due June 15th. Applicant must be a junior or senior enrolled in a four-year accredited college or university for the upcoming term. Applicant must be pursuing a teaching career and must have graduated from a Muskingum County public or parochial school.

  • 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.

  • Deadline is July 1, 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.

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