Scholarships & Funding

Here in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services and Information Technology (CECH), we understand that you are wanting more than just a great education. You are looking for opportunities to gain professional experience and explore the career of your choice. College scholarships do more than simply cover the costs of tuition and fees. They offer support in many areas, freedom of choice and time to focus on studies, and have advantages that will last a lifetime. In CECH, we offer the following scholarship opportunities to students who are seeking financial support. Each non-renewable scholarship is awarded to four recipients, in the amount of $1,000, each semester, in each category (first responder, forever bearcat, transfer and veterans). Awards are made based on available funds and are subject to fulfilling the application requirements and meeting satisfactory academic progress.

If you have questions about any CECH scholarship, please contact us via email or call us directly at (513) 556-6308.

First Responders Scholarship

We recognize and appreciate the contribution made by the First Responders of our communities. We are pleased to offer this scholarship as part of our commitment to support the men and women who serve our communities. Eligible students must meet the criteria below, and submit the appropriate undergraduate application for admissions, by the stated deadline in order to be considered.

  • Fall Deadline: June 15
  • Spring Deadline: October 15
  • Summer Deadline: February 15 
  • Applicants must be transferring from an external institution (non-UC program)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Must have been offered admission to CECH
  • Must confirm admission and enroll as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours) upon entering CECH, each semester the award is given
  • Must upload proof of first responder employment (i.e. work badge, letter from HR etc.) to the scholarship application

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

  • Animal Control Officers (must hold law enforcement credentials)
  • Auxiliary & Reserve Sheriff Deputy or Police Officers
  • Bridge and Tunnel Officers
  • Court Bailiffs/Court Officers (must hold law enforcement credentials)
  • Correctional Officer
  • Detention Officers
  • Federal Law Enforcement Officer
  • Fire Marshals who are certified Law Enforcement Officers
  • Park Police & Park Rangers
  • Police Officer (Federal, State, and Local)
  • Probation & Parole Officers
  • Railroad Police Officers
  • School Resource Officers (must hold law enforcement credentials)
  • Sheriff / Sheriff's Deputy
  • State Trooper

FIREFIGHTERS

  • Career Firefighter (Federal, State, and Local)
  • Fire Marshal
  • Volunteer Firefighter
  • Wild-land firefighter/ Prescribed fire burn manager

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Paramedic

Forever Bearcat Scholarship

So that you can continue your journey towards a bachelor's degree in CECH, we are pleased to offer this scholarship for students transitioning from UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont. Eligible students must meet the criteria below and submit the Change of College form by the stated deadline in order to be considered.

  • Fall Deadline: August 1
  • Spring Deadline: December 1
  • Summer Deadline: April 1 
  • Applicants must be transferring from UC Blue Ash or UC Clermont only
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Must have been offered admission to CECH
  • Must confirm admission and enroll as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours) upon entering CECH, each semester the award is given

Transfer Scholarship

We are excited to offer this scholarship to encourage you to continue your journey in working towards a bachelor's degree. Eligible students must meet the criteria below and submit the Transfer Application by the stated deadline in order to be considered.

  • Fall Deadline: July 1
  • Spring Deadline: November 1
  • Summer Deadline: March 1
  • Applicants must be transferring from an external institution (non-UC program)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Must have been offered admission to CECH
  • Must confirm admission and enroll as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours) upon entering CECH, each semester the award is given

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

We are excited to offer this scholarship as a salute to those student who have achieved the academic success necessary to become a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society while pursuing their academic goals at the community college level. Eligible students must meet the criteria below and submit the CECH Phi Theta Kapp scholarship application, which will require a proof of membership.

  • Fall: July 1st
  • Spring: November 1st
  • Summer: March 1st
  • Minimum GPA: 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • Must have been offered admission to CECH
  • Must confirm admission and enroll as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours) upon entering CECH each semester the award is given
  • Provide proof of PTK membership

Veterans Scholarship

To express our gratitude to those who have served in any U.S. Armed Forces, we are pleased to offer this scholarship as a token of our appreciation for your service to our country. Eligible students must meet the criteria below and submit the appropriate undergraduate application for admissions by the stated deadline in order to be considered.

If you wish to take advantage of Veterans Educational benefits, please contact the Veterans Program and Services (VPS) Office.  

  • Fall: July 1st
  • Spring: November 1st
  • Summer: March 1st
  • Applicants must be transferring from an external institution (non-UC program)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Must have been offered admission to CECH
  • Must confirm admission and enroll as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours) upon entering CECH, each semester the award is given
  • Dependants are NOT eligible
  • Must upload a copy of DD-214 to the scholarship application

The following programs are not eligible for the CECH Scholarships:

  • Associate of Applied Science:
    • Early Childhood Care and Education (online)
  • Bachelor of Science:
    • Early Childhood Education | Birth - Age 5 (online)
    • Criminal Justice (online)
    • Law & Paralegal Studies (online)
    • Substance Abuse Counseling (online)

Teach Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for undergraduate and graduate students in specified majors who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years (within 8 years of graduation) at schools classified as serving low-income students.

  • Middle Childhood Education – Language Arts & Mathematics
  • Middle Childhood Education – Language Arts & Natural Science
  • Middle Childhood Education – Mathematics & Natural Science
  • Middle Childhood Education – Social Studies & Mathematics
  • Middle Childhood Education – Social Studies & Natural Science
  • Secondary Education – Integrated Sciences Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction (high-need licensure areas only)
  • Special Education (licensure areas only)

If you are interested in learning more about the TEACH grant, please contact CECH Recruitment via email or call 513-556-6308.

University Scholarships

Please  review all of the academic funding opportunities available at the University of Cincinnati.