Local Scholarships

Organizations and clubs commonly update and publicize their scholarships in late winter or early spring each year. The deadlines for applications are often in February, March and April so that winners can be selected and scholarships awarded before the end of the school year. For any changes to the information below, or updates, contact the organizations offering the scholarships. Often, the scholarships' amounts and deadlines will vary each year.

The scholarships listed on this page are from local and regional organizations only. Multiple national and state opportunities exist as well.

For national scholarship resources, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Scholarship Search Tool.

For State of Ohio scholarship resources, visit Ohio Higher Ed State Grants & Scholarships page or call the OhioHigherEd College Access Information Hotline at 1-800-AFFORD-IT (233-6734).

Additionally, high school guidance offices and college institutions provide several opportunities to their students.

Akron Community Foundation - Multiple Scholarships

Unless otherwise noted, the following scholarship applications can be found through the Akron Community Foundation's Online Application System

Additional information and national scholarships can be found at www.akroncf.org/students.

AAUW of Medina County Scholarship Fund

Established by the American Association of University Women of Medina County to award scholarships to nontraditional female students. A "nontraditional" student is a woman whose undergraduate education has been interrupted or delayed.

Eligibility requirements:

  • At least 25 years old
  • Resident of Medina County
  • Enrolled in an accredited undergraduate college or university

Application deadline: April 9, 2023

GCEF Scholarship Fund

Established by the Gay Community Endowment Fund to provide scholarships for LGBTQ+ and allied students.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Student lives in Medina or its surrounding counties
  • Participation in organizations or initiatives that positively impact the LGBTQ+ community

Application deadline: April 30, 2023

Timothy L. Holston Scholarship Fund

Established to provide scholarships for Medina High School students.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Minority senior at Medina High School
  • Financial need

Amount: Varies

Application deadline: February 22, 2023

How to apply: Applications are available through the Medina High School guidance office. For more information, call the guidance office at 330-636-3200 or contact Kristen Cavalier at 330-636-3348 or cavalierk@medinabees.org.

Litchfield Community Scholarship Fund

Established to provide scholarships for Litchfield residents graduating from Buckeye High School.

Amount: Varies

Number of awards: Varies

Renewal: No

Application deadline: March 21 How to apply: Applications are available through the Buckeye High School guidance office.

For more information, call 330-722-8257.

 

Michelle M. Vasenda Fund

Established in memory of Michelle M. Vasenda, a career nurse who lost her battle to breast cancer in 2009. It was her vision to create a scholarship to help those committed to helping others.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Student applying to or enrolled in an accredited nursing program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Substantial volunteer service with a cancer-related organization

Amount: $1,000

Application Deadline: May 1, 2023

Vincent Yambrovich Engineering Scholarship Fund

Established to provide scholarships for Buckeye High School seniors who plan to study engineering.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Senior at Buckeye High School
  • Resident of Litchfield Township
  • Planning to study engineering

Amount: Varies

Application deadline: Varies

How to apply: Applications are available through the Buckeye High School guidance office. For more information, call 330-722-8257.

Witan Presidents' Scholarship Fund

Established by WITAN to provide scholarships for nontraditional female students at the University of Akron.

Eligibility requirements:

Female student at the University of Akron who is in her final year of undergraduate or graduate study

Members of WITAN and their families are not eligible

Amount: $1,500

Number of awards: 1

Renewal: No

Application deadline: Varies; typically in April of each year

How to apply: Applications are available through the University of Akron's Adult Focus program.

Anthony Wunderle Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established by Lori and Greg Wunderle in memory of their son Anthony who had childhood leukemia. This scholarship is to provide educational opportunities for a higher education, accredited trade, or apprenticeship program for any cancer survivor or family member of a cancer patient, living or deceased.

Eligibility requirements: Cancer survivor or family member of a cancer patient, living or deceased

Amount: Varies

Number of awards: Varies

Renewal: No

Application deadline: April 1

How to apply: Applicants must apply through our online application system.

Akron Community Foundation's Online Application System

 

Birthcare of Medina County

Birthcare Scholarship
You must be a client or client spouse of Birthcare within the current year. You must hold a GED or high school diploma. You must be a current resident of Medina County

Application forms are available in the Birthcare office beginning in January of each year, 620 E. Smith Road, Unit E-5A, Medina, or at www.birthcaremedina.org. Awards of at least $500 are given to applicants each year who meet the above criteria and are recommended for the award by the scholarship committee.

Application and information

Application deadline: Monday June 27, 2022

College Club West

Tuition grants "up to $2000 or more", offered to women whose official home residence is within the counties of Cuyahoga, Medina and Lorain counties. They must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in any area of study. The scholarships will be awarded to women 25 years of age and older based on financial need, goals and academic records.

Information and application materials

Application deadline: March 18, 2023

College Now Adult Learner Program

College Now provides scholarship opportunities to adult students age 19 and above who have interrupted their education for one year or more. Open to residents of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit or Trumbull Counties.

For full information, eligibility and online application: www.collegenowgc.org

Application deadline: March 29th, 2023

Hinckley Women's Club Scholarships

The Hinckley Women's Club will offer two financial assistance scholarships to eligible Hinckley residents for the Fall of 2023. The scholarships, worth $1000 each, can be used for books or tuition and will be presented to the winners at the April Hinckley Women's Club meeting. The scholarship is open to Hinckley residents currently pursuing a post high school training program or to any resident planning to attend college in the Fall. Post high school training includes business school, technical school, or college/university study. The application is available on our website at www.hinckleywomensclub.com.

Scholarship applications will require:

  1. A cover letter listing the applicant's name, address, and phone number, along with the school they are planning to attend, and the area of study.
  2. A typed one-page essay of no more than 500 words addressing the following topics:
    • What are your career goals and how do you plan to achieve them?
    • How have you been involved in your community?
    • List your academic achievements.
    • Describe your work experience, both paid and volunteer.
    • What are your extracurricular interests?

Completed applications should be sent to the following address, no later than March 15, 2023 Applications received after this date will not be considered:
Scholarship Committee
Hinckley Women's Club
PO Box 272
Hinckley, OH 44233

John S. Knight Memorial Journalism Fund

The John S. Knight Memorial Journalism Fund Inc. annually awards scholarships to college journalism, public relations and communications students, with preference given to students from Summit, Portage, Medina, Stark and Wayne counties.

This year, five students each will be awarded a $5,000 Knight scholarship. One will win a $5,000 Sauvageot public relations scholarship. Another student will receive $5,000 scholarship sponsored directly by the Akron Press Club.

Scholarship guidelines are as follows:

  1. The applicant must be active in any facet of journalism and/or public relations. Applicants must be in good academic standing at a college or university.
  2. The applicant should be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior.
  3. Financial need will be considered.
  4. Previous John S. Knight or Ludel Sauvageot Scholarship winners will be considered

These are guidelines only, and are not intended to limit the discretion of the fund.

Download scholarship applications

Applications should be postmarked by March 4, 2022, and mailed to:

John S. Knight Scholarship Committee
Attn: Mark Turner
Akron Beacon Journal
44 East Exchange Street
P. O. Box 640
Akron, Ohio 44309-0640.

The Junior League of Cleveland

Awards of up to $5000. Applicant must be a non-traditional student, a woman not going directly to a four-year college immediately after high school graduation. Scholarship funds are available to assist with the cost of accredited instructional programs and/or workforce training programs. Applicant’s permanent residence must be in one of these Ohio counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina or Trumbull.

Further information and application

Application deadline: March 1, 2023

Ken Cleveland Scholarship

The Medina County business community believes getting a job out of high school should be celebrated and to do so, we are offering 8, $1,000 scholarships to be used for tools, uniforms/clothing, gas, or whatever a young person needs to launch their career.

The student must be graduating from a Medina County high school and getting a position with a Medina County company. We will be verifying with you their employment and their attendance record with the school.

Questions? Contact Kathy Breitenbucher at kathyb@medinacounty.org or 330-722-9295.

Apply for a scholarship

Application Deadline: May 10

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Scholarship

College, vocational or technical school scholarship of $2,500. First place will be given for both a boys and girls division as well as runners-up in each division which will receive $1,500 scholarships. The scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors whose parents/guardians are members of the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative and receiving electric at their primary residence from the Cooperative. The applications must have at least a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or better.

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.
22898 West Road
Wellington, OH 44090
440-647-2133

Application deadline: February 10, 2023 at 4:00 pm

More scholarship details and applications

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Children of Members Scholarship

Each year, Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative offers high school seniors whose parents or guardians are LMRE members the opportunity to compete for a college scholarship. Candidates submit an application, and finalists in the boys’ and girls’ divisions are interviewed by a panel of judges. The judges base their scores on the students’ poise, community and school involvement, academics, personality, and cooperative knowledge.

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.
c/o Co-op Youth Programs
22898 West Road
P.O. Box 158
Wellington, OH 44090

Application deadline: February 10, 2023 at 4:00 pm

For more scholarship details and applications: www.lmre.org/content/children-members-scholarship

Cooperative Trade Scholarship

As part of our ongoing support for our youth programs, Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative (LMRE) is excited to announce a new $500 trade scholarship to high school seniors who are pursuing further education and are enrolled at a technical or trade school following graduation. Some examples of career courses that may qualify for the scholarship include industrial electricity, heating and air conditioning, masonry trades, and carpentry.

To qualify, applicants must be graduating seniors carrying a grade point average of 2.0 or above who reside in homes served by LMRE, and should include the completed form, as well as a copy of the applicant’s high school transcripts and a letter of recommendation.

Application deadline: February 10, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative
c/o Co-op Youth Programs
22898 West Road
P.O. Box 158
Wellington, OH 44090

For more scholarship details and applications:
www.lmre.org/content/cooperative-trade-scholarship

Louise Freeland Scholarship

Four $3,000 scholarships and four $1,200 scholarships are available to children of employees and trustees who are graduating high school seniors and are not eligible for other scholarships offered by the cooperative. Scholarships are awarded annually, following an interview of the finalists in Columbus. The scholarship is named after long-time cooperative employee Louise Freeland, who retired in 1990. This scholarship is handled through Ohio's Electric Cooperatives, and employees should look for an email from them at the end of the year.

Application deadline: February 10, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative
c/o Co-op Youth Programs
22898 West Road
P.O. Box 158
Wellington, OH 44090

For more scholarship details and applications:
www.lmre.org/content/cooperative-trade-scholarship

Ohio Line Supervisors Association Scholarship

Three scholarships, in the amounts of $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000, are available to children of employees who are graduating high school seniors and are not eligible for other scholarships offered by the cooperative. Scholarships are awarded annually, following the interview of ten finalists in Columbus. This scholarship is handled through Ohio's Electric Cooperatives, and employees should look for an email from them at the end of the year.

Application deadline: February 10, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative
c/o Co-op Youth Programs
22898 West Road
P.O. Box 158
Wellington, OH 44090

For more scholarship details and applications:
www.lmre.org/content/cooperative-trade-scholarship

MC Chamber Charities Scholarship

High School Student Scholarship
Award Amount: Two Scholarships up to $1000 will be awarded to graduating seniors from a school district in Medina County. Students of the Medina County Career Center are also eligible to apply as well as homeschool students who reside in Medina County.

Non-traditional Student
Award Amount: One Scholarship up to $1000 will be awarded to residents who reside in Medina County school districts 24 years of age or older.

Deadline: April 13, 2022

For more information and applications

Medina County Art League Continuing Art Education Scholarship Awards

$2000 - Best in Show
$1500 - First Place
$1000 - Second Place
$700 - Third Place
$500 - Honorable Mention

Eligibility: All Medina County graduating seniors who are continuing their art education in college (as a major or a minor) following graduation. Portfolio required.

Application deadline: Portfolios should be delivered to the Medina County Public Library March 1-3, application, copy of college acceptance letter and list of works.

Scholarship details and applications

Teen Juried Art Show 2023

Medina County Arts Council Scholarship

The Medina County Arts Council (MCAC) will be awarding scholarships to Medina County graduating seniors in the year 2023. MCAC will award 4 one-time scholarships - two in the amount of $1,000 and two in the amount of $500. Funds are to be used toward tuition, books, or other school supplies.

Submissions must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., March 15, 2023.

https://www.medinacountyartscouncil.org/scholarships

Medina County Auditor

Citizenship Scholarship
The County Auditor also offers another scholarship just for Brunswick High students, called the Citizenship Scholarship. It is a $500 scholarship to a Brunswick High School senior with a GPA of 3.0 or better. The student must reside in the Brunswick City School District and plan on attending a two- or four-year degree program from an accredited community, state or private college or university. The winning senior must complete an application form and write an essay on the following topic: "Tell us about an issue or event that caused you to contemplate injustice or unfairness in your world."

2022 Auditor Kovack's Brunswick Citizenship Scholarship application

Citizenship Scholarships page

Career Tech Scholarship
The Medina County Auditor's Office Career Tech Scholarship shall be awarded to three seniors graduating from a career technical training program at the Medina County Career Center, Wadsworth High School or a Medina County home schooler planning on further education in a career tech field. A transcript of grades must be included with the application. The amount of the scholarships shall be $500 each to be used toward tuition, books or other school expenses.

2022 Medina County Auditor Kovack's Career Tech Scholarship application

 

For more information, call 844-722-3800, ext. 9756. The deadline for submitting is March 25, 2022.

Medina County Bar Association Law Day Scholarship

The Medina County Bar Association has announced its 2021 Law Day Scholarship Contest. A $5000 one-time scholarship is available to one high school senior, residing in Medina County, Ohio who writes an outstanding essay on the theme of “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.”

Application and information

Application deadline: 4pm, Aril 23, 2021

Medina County Farm Bureau Scholarship

Multiple Scholarships

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation annually awards scholarships to students planning to pursue careers in agriculture and to adults seeking continuing education in agriculture-related studies. To support the future of agriculture throughout Ohio, each county has a scholarship fund to allot to its local students. Other scholarships focus on specific issues such as women’s leadership in agriculture, livestock and crop sciences at the Agricultural Technical Institute, sheep production and management, and more.

Medina County Farm Bureau
377 West Liberty Street
Wooster, OH 44691
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

More scholarship details and applications
Call the office at 330-263-7456 or e-mail your request at wcfb@sssnet.com. The forms must be filled out and returned to the county office by February 28, 2022.

Medina County Federal Credit Union - Multiple Scholarships

Bernard R. Spechalske Scholarship
$1500 for high school seniors (12th grade status).

Medina County Federal Credit Union Memorial Scholarship
$1500 for full-time students attending an institution of higher learning (college, trade school, etc.)

Deadline for these scholarships: 3/10/2023

More scholarship details and applications

Medina County Retired Teachers Association (MCRTA)

For graduates of Medina County, Ohio high schools who are majoring in education and will be a junior or senior in college.
Deadline: May 31, annually. More information and applications

Inquires/replies: Medina County Retired Teachers Association (MCRTA)
Kay Rasor
2235 Osage Trail
Wadsworth, Ohio 44281-8475
330 336-1703
grasor@neo.rr.com

Medina County Road Runners Scholarship

MCRR offers two $500 scholarships to students from Medina County. These are renewable every year for a total of four years of college.

The criteria are as follows:

Full information and scholarship materials

Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Medina County Schools' Educational Service Center - Multiple Scholarships

Medina County Schools' Educational Service Center
124 West Washington Street
Medina OH 44256
Phone: 330 723-6393 Fax: 330 723-0573
Information and scholarship applications

The following scholarships are available through the Educational Service Center of Medina County office:

Delmar Graff Scholarship
All Medina County Public Schools Eligible
Due Date: March 22, 2023

Clearence H. Horn Scholarship
All Medina County Public Schools Eligible
Due Date: March 23, 2022

Harold A. and Louise C. White Scholarship
Medina County Local Schools Eligible
Due Date: March 22, 2023

Margaret Ford Smucker and Lloyd K. Smucker Scholarship
All Medina County Public and Parochial High Schools Eligible
Due Date: March 22, 2023

Medina County Show Biz Company

Two $500 scholarships for two graduating seniors residing in Medina County and/or graduating from any Medina County high school, including home-schooled students, who are active in Medina County Show Biz Company, their respective high school, and/or community events, in any aspect of the performing arts. These would include but not be limited to art, dance, music, vocal, performing, technical theater, set design, makeup, costuming, lighting, sound, etc. More information and application.

Application deadline: March 31, 2023

General contact information:
Email secretary@medinashowbiz.org or call Larry Mohler at (330)723-2558.

Medina General Hospital - Multiple Scholarships

Medina General Hospital
1000 E. Washington St.
Medina, Ohio 44256-2170

Medina Hospital, the Hospital Foundation and the Medina Hospital Medical Staff assist students interested in a medical career through one of four scholarship programs made available for the 2023 – 2024 academic year. While eligibility details for each scholarship vary, general requirements include that the applicant must be a graduate of one of the seven Medina County school districts and are pursuing a healthcare career field of study. Students who are thinking of becoming doctors, nurses or members of allied health professions are encouraged to apply.

Additional Scholarship Information

Application deadline: March 16, 2023. Recipients will be contacted in May 2023.

Medina Hospital Medical Staff Scholarships
Ten Medina County students will receive awards of $2,500 each as they begin their studies in the medical field. Please visit the scholarship's page for details.

Medina Hospital and Medina Hospital Foundation Community Scholarships
Fourteen Medina County students will receive awards of $1,000 each as they begin their studies in nursing or an allied health curriculum. Please visit the scholarship's page for details.

William and Ruth Kelly Scholarships
Two Medina County student residents will receive awards of $1,000 each as they begin or continue their studies in a health related field. Please visit the scholarship's page for details.

Medina Gift Gallery Scholarships
Medina Hospital student volunteers or dependents of Medina Hospital caregivers will receive awards of $1,000 each. Please visit the scholarship's page for details.

Medina Sunrise Rotary Fund

Established by Medina Sunrise Rotary Club to award scholarships for qualified Medina County high school seniors who will be graduating from Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Highland, Medina, Medina Christian Academy and the MCJVS.

The Medina Sunrise Rotary Club's "Service Above Self" Scholarships recognize students based on the following

Eligibility requirements:

  • active local and global community service involvement
  • academic achievements
  • life circumstances and personal character

Amount of Award: $1,500

How to apply: Contact Medina Sunrise Rotary Club Scholarship Chair Kent Morgan

The Ohio-Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools

The Ohio-Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools (OMACCS) is once again offering our 2023 LEADS! Scholarship program for Ohio & Michigan high school seniors graduating by Spring 2023! This year we are offering 133 scholarships at 19 Ohio and Michigan career colleges, totaling over $308,000, with FULL and PARTIAL scholarships available! Please review the LEADS! Scholarship Booklet for the participating colleges and their eligible programs, and please ensure the Student Application and the Nomination Form are completed accurately before submission. The application deadline is April 7, 2023. Any questions may be directed to the OMACCS Office at 614-487-8180 or ktrofholz@omaccs.org.

Eligibility Requirements

  • These scholarships are available to any current high school senior graduating from any Ohio or Michigan High School by June of 2023.
  • The applicant 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 or Michigan 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 (3) scholarships but must use a separate application for each scholarship.
  • The scholarship recipient must start classes either the summer or fall term following their high school graduation.

Ohio-Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools
285 N. State Street, Suite 200
Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-487-8180
Fax: 614-487-8190

For more scholarship details and application

Ohio Education Association

Marilyn Cross Scholarship
The $4,000 scholarship is presented each year to an OEA member and career teacher enrolled in a graduate-level program directly linked to his/her current area of certification/licensure, and must demonstrate a need of financial assistance and a reasonable prediction of success in graduate work.

Application deadline: January 27, 2023

www.ohea.org/marilyn-cross-scholarship

John F. Kennedy Scholarship

The $4,000 John F. Kennedy Scholarship is presented each year to an OEA member who is a career teacher enrolled in a graduate-level program and in need of financial assistance. Preference is given to applicants enrolled in programs that continue classroom involvement. The recipient must provide OEA with an annual statement describing their employment and graduate work status.

The online nomination form must be completed in a single session, as you will not be able to save, and return to it at a later time without starting over. In addition, it must be received on or before January 27, 2023

www.ohea.org/resources/professional-resources/jfk-scholarship

Jean Kershaw Scholarship

The $2,000 Jean Kershaw Scholarship is presented each year to a student member currently enrolled in an undergraduate teacher education program in Ohio or a senior-level education student who has been formally accepted for graduate study toward a master’s degree of education program at an accredited Ohio college or university.

Applicants must be current members of the Ohio Aspiring Educators and the NEA Aspiring Educator Program.

https://www.ohea.org/resources/professional-resources/jean-kershaw-scholarship

ESP Aspiring Teacher Scholarship

The $4,000 ESP Aspiring Teacher Scholarship is presented each year to an Education Support Professional member currently enrolled in an undergraduate teacher education program in Ohio or a senior-level education student who has been formally accepted for graduate study in a master’s degree of education program at an accredited Ohio college or university.

Applicants must be current members of the Ohio Education Association

https://www.ohea.org/resources/scholarships-and-awards/oea-esp-aspiring-teacher-scholarship

OEA Headquarters
P.O. Box 2550
225 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43216
Main Phone Number: 614-228-4526

Ohio Township Association

Five $1500 scholarships for high school seniors. Student must live in one of Ohio's 1,308 townships. Scholarships are offered in three categories: Academic Achievement (two scholarships), Local Government Achievement (two scholarships), and Trade School (one Scholarship).

Application deadline: January 31, 2023

Ohio Township Association
6500 Taylor Road, Suite A
Blacklick, OH 43004-8570
Phone: 614-863-0045
(This is not the address to which the application is mailed.)

For more scholarship details and application: www.ohiotownships.org/scholarship-program

Sharon Women's Club

Betty J. Osborn $1000 Scholarship

Eligibility: current college students and high school seniors (male or female) bound for college or technical/vocational schools who are residents of Sharon Township.

Applications and information found at: Sharon Women's Club website.

Completed applications must be sent to:
Sharon Women’s Club
P.O. Box 45
Sharon Center, OH 44274
Deadline: April 17, 2022

Highland Career Tech Scholarship

Eligibility: Current students (male or female) at the Medina County Career Center who will earn a two-year career passport and are graduating seniors from Highland High School may apply.

Applications and information found at: Sharon Women's Club website.

Completed applications must be sent to:
Sharon Women’s Club
Attn: , Highland Career Tech Scholarship
P.O. Box 45
Sharon Center, OH 44274
Deadline: April 11, 2022

Stephen F. Joseph Memorial 4-H Scholarship

Amount: Up to $1000 annually, or more, for as long as funds are available to the students(s) who best meet the award criteria. Selection criteria: Academic achievement, citizenship and community service, leadership, 4-H involvement. Applicant must be a Medina County high school senior or college freshman.

For more scholarship details and applications

Application deadline: May 15, 2023