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  • Scholarships

    Scholarships are a form of gift aid that typically does not have to be repaid. Funds are awarded based on a number of different reasons including scholastic achievement, financial need, hobbies, college major, academic merit, political involvement or participation with athletics.

    Not all scholarships require completion of the FAFSA. This means that they are awarded based on some criteria other than demonstrated financial need. Additionally, scholarship donors recognize that outside factors may occasionally have a negative effect on a student’s academic progress. Thus, not all scholarships consider a student’s grade point average as a final determination of eligibility. Most scholarship applications require an essay, which allows students the opportunity to explain why they deserve to receive the scholarship.

    The Edison State Scholarship Application is your ticket to applying for 35+ campus-based scholarships. These scholarships are listed under the first tab below. Scholarships listed under the second tab below are available with the submission of a separate application.

  • The Edison State Scholarship Application is your ticket to applying for any of the following campus-based scholarships. The 2023–2024 Edison State Scholarship Application will be available beginning November 1, 2022 and the deadline for submission is March 1, 2023.

    Adult Learner Scholarship
    The Adult Learner Scholarship provides up to $1,000 to adult learners. Applicants must be at least 25 years old. Current or returning students must have completed the 2022–2023 FAFSA and all financial aid paperwork. Applicants must be in good academic standing with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPS and must have completed at least 67% of all classes attempted at Edison State. For students enrolled in 1 to 8 credit hours—scholarship award is $500. For students enrolled in 9 or more credit hours—scholarship award is $1,000.

    Mary Rebecca Allen Memorial Scholarship 
    The Mary Rebecca Allen Memorial Scholarship is a lasting tribute established by her son, Thomas Allen. She was a Trustee of Edison State Community College. Any full-time student may apply.

    Greg and Alissa Blankenship Scholarship 
    Full-time students majoring in Engineering Technology, Industrial Management or Fine Arts. Recipient must be a U.S. citizen.

    Sheryl Brinley Memorial Scholarship 
    The Sheryl Brinley Memorial Scholarship was established by members of the Business and Professional Women's Association located in Darke County. Sheryl's commitment to the club and its philosophy inspired them to establish a scholarship in her memory for a female adult student from Darke County studying business.

    Darke County Scholarship 
    This scholarship is designed for Darke County residents. Preference is given to those taking classes at the Edison State at Greenville location.

    John J. Dugan Memorial Scholarship 
    The John J. Dugan Memorial Scholarship, established in 2004 by his wife, Jean, memorializes Miami County Commissioner John J. Dugan. This scholarship is awarded annually to full-time Miami County students majoring in history, political science, government or pre-law.

    Edison State "Illuminate the Future" Employee Scholarship 
    This scholarship is made possible by Edison State Community College employees who desire to make a difference in the lives of students attending the College each year. Awards are given to both full-time and part-time students.

    Edison State "Illuminate the Future" Community Scholarship 
    Based on the generous donations from our area businesses, organizations and individuals, the Edison State Foundation awards this scholarship to both full-time and part-time students who demonstrate academic achievement.

    The Edison Foundation Scholarship 
    The Edison Foundation Scholarship is awarded to full-time or part-time students.

    The Edison Foundation/James P. Humphrey Sidney-Shelby County Black Achievers Supplemental Scholarship 
    Proof of award of the James P. Humphrey Sidney-Shelby County Black Achievers Scholarship (for information and application, contact Office of Student Financial Aid at Edison State Community College, Sidney High School or the Shelby County Educational Service Center)

    Edison State Diversity Scholarship 
    The College awards a full-tuition scholarship to an African-American, Asian, Hispanic or Native American student. Applicant must be a student with a record of scholastic achievement.

    GED Scholarship 
    Applicant must be a resident of Darke, Miami or Shelby County and have successfully completed the ASPIRE Program (formerly the ABLE Program) through the Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua, Ohio.

    Holly Hahn Memorial Scholarship 
    The Holly Hahn Memorial Scholarship was made possible by the gifts of family, friends and former students. The scholarship celebrates her life of dedication to helping students succeed, particularly those for whom English is a second language.

    D. Douglas King Memorial Scholarship
    The D. Douglas King Memorial Scholarship was established by his mother, Marjorie L. King, a long-time resident of Darke County, Ohio. Marjorie King established this trust upon her death to provide full tuition to graduates of Ansonia High School.

    Ray and Bettye Laughlin Scholarship 
    The Ray and Bettye Laughlin Scholarship is available to full- or part-time students who are residents of Darke County. Donor has the option of designating an eligible program of study on a yearly basis.

    William M. McCulloch Memorial Scholarship 
    The William M. McCulloch Memorial Scholarship was established by his family in honor of his notable contributions to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and to his belief in the importance of education for the betterment of all.

    Miami County FOP Memorial Scholarship 
    The Miami County F.O.P. Memorial Scholarship was established to honor members of the Miami County Fraternal Order of Police for youth in Miami County interested in the criminal justice field.

    Miami County Republican Women's Scholarship 
    For a female student from Miami County with preference given to those majoring in political science, law or government.

    Miami County Voiture 40 et 8 Scholarship 
    The Miami County Voiture 420, Forty et Eight Society of the American Legion, awards this scholarship to a second-year nursing student. Applicants must be residents of Miami County taking a minimum of 12 credit hours. Selection is based on financial need and scholastic achievement.

    Myers-Vaccaro Engineering Scholarship 
    The Myers-Vaccaro Scholarship in Engineering is given by two dedicated Edison State faculty members in loving memory of their fathers, Clarence H. Myers, a civil engineer and Charles A. Vaccaro, an electrical engineer.

    Kathy Oda Memorial Scholarship 
    The Kathy Oda Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a female student who has been out of the workforce and is a resident of Piqua, Ohio.

    Opportunity Scholarship
    The Opportunity Scholarship provides up to $1,000 to students who have little to no eligibility for any other type of financial aid or tuition assistance.  Applicants must have completed the 2022–2023 FAFSA and all financial aid paperwork and have been determined ineligible for a Pell Grant. Students may not have any other third-party funding, scholarship or waivers. Applicants must be in good academic standing with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPS and must have completed at least 67% of all classes attempted at Edison State and be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours per semester. If applicant has previous student loans that are in default, they must provide documentation from loaner servicer that they have entered into a loan rehab program; i.e., paying six months of regular payments to clear the default. Amount of scholarship award is based upon number of credit hours taken. For students enrolled in 6 to 8 credit hours—scholarship award is $500. For students enrolled in 9 or more credit hours—scholarship award is $1,000.

    William Hart Pitsenbarger Memorial Scholarship 
    William Hart Pitsenbarger, a Piqua native who received the Air Force Cross for saving the lives of numerous comrades in Vietnam, was killed during his last rescue mission. His parents, Frank and Irene Pitsenbarger, established this scholarship to "realize his dream of completing a college education."

    Preble County Youth Foundation 
    The Preble County Youth Foundation Scholarship is awarded to full- or part-time students who are residents of Preble County. This scholarship is for students who will be attending Edison State in any program of study.

    President's Scholarship 
    Edison State awards the President's Scholarship to a full-time student who is beginning his/her studies at Edison State Community College. This scholarship is based upon academic achievement.

    Charles E. Ridenour Memorial Scholarship
    The Charles E. Ridenour Memorial Scholarship was established by his sister, Eileen Leasure. Mr. Ridenour was a teacher of welding and enjoyed his previous interaction with Edison State students. She wanted to have that spirit of learning to continue after his death.

    Thomas and Patricia Robinson Scholarship 
    Full-time or part-time students taking a minimum of six (6) credit hours.

    Thomas Alva Edison Scholarship 
    Applicants for the Thomas Alva Edison Scholarship must be students in the top 15 percent or one of the top ten seniors in their graduating class. Selection is based upon academic achievement. Upon successful completion of the first year with a 3.0 cumulative GPA, the recipient(s) may qualify for a renewal scholarship.

    Tri-County Trust Scholarship 
    Through the leadership of G. W. Hartzell, the Tri-County Education Trust was established at the same time as the College in 1973. The initial fundraising effort in area communities created a capital fund, which has been the basis of scholarships and grant-in-aid awards since 1976.

    Trustee's Scholarship   
    Edison State awards the Trustee's Scholarship to a student who is beginning his/her studies at Edison State Community College. This scholarship is based upon academic achievement.

    Summer Advantage Scholarship
    The Summer Advantage Scholarship provides a $250 or $500 scholarship to students enrolled in summer courses. Students must be in good academic standing with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA and must have completed at least 67% of all classes attempted at Edison State. Scholarship may be applied toward tuition and fees only. Students receiving any Edison State tuition waivers are not eligible to apply. The amount of scholarship awarded is based on the number of credit hours enrolled in during the Summer semester. Three (3) credit hour enrollment is eligible for a $250 award. Six (6) credit hour enrollment is eligible for $500.

    Samuel E. Valandingham Memorial Scholarship 
    The Samuel E. Valandingham Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of this Piqua High School graduate with an interest in architectural drawing.

    Kenneth A. Yowell Emeritus Scholarship 
    The Kenneth A. Yowell Emeritus Scholarship is awarded to a full-time, first-generation student from Darke, Miami or Shelby County. Student should be in a a degree-seeking program. Award is post-financial Aid assistance and can be used for tuition, fees and books.

    The following scholarships/grants are available. Each has a unique set of criteria to be considered for funding. Please see directions associated with each scholarship/grant to see how to apply or qualify.

    Choose Ohio First Scholarship
    No application is necessary. Recipients are selected by an academic dean and lead faculty member through a comprehensive review process. Recipients must be an Ohio resident, have new enrollment in a qualifying Choose Ohio First program of study and commit to a work-based learning component during their time at Edison State. The funding can cover tuition, fees and required course materials. The scholarship amount is up to $2000 for summer semester, $3000 for fall semester and $3000 for spring semester. Those selected will be notified via ESCC student email.

    NEW!  Honda Excellence in Manufacturing Scholarship
    This $2,500 scholarship had its inception in 2012 and benefits students who are pursuing a career in advanced manufacturing. Applicants for this scholarship must meet the following requirements. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior planning to attend Edison State Community College (other select Ohio community college); must be a part or full-time undergraduate student currently enrolled in a certificate or degree program in the manufacturing engineering/manufacturing technology or a closely related engineering discipline; must possess an overall minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;  and must submit two reference letters from a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) instructor. Two students from Edison State Community College have the possibility of being selected for this award each academic year. Students may submit a scholarship application in succeeding years. Need is not a consideration in awarding this scholarship except when two or more applicants have equal qualifications. Application period for the 2022–2023 academic year begins November 1, 2022 and ends February 1, 2023. For more information and to apply, click here.

    Short-Term Technical Certificate Grant Program
    As of April 4, 2023, all funds have been allocated. No further applications will be accepted. Please check back regularly for funding updates.
    The Ohio Department of Higher Education has awarded Edison State Community College a special grant for approved short-term technical certificate programs (less than 30 credit hours) through the Short-Term Technical Certificate Grant Program. This grant is designed to assist students who have financial need up to $2,000 for a qualifying short-term program, listed on the application. When funds become available, students may complete the application form and submit to the Office of Financial Aid for review. If approved, the award may be applied to classes required for the short-term technical certificate program only and may be used in multiple semesters, as long as the student is continuously enrolled, until their eligible award has been exhausted or until all grant funding has been utilized, whichever comes first. This grant may be used for tuition and lab fees only; it does not cover books and supplies. This grant program does allow students to receive this grant in conjunction with federal aid programs, such as the federal Pell grant or federal loans, for the same courses. The Short-Term Technical Certificate Grant can be applied to tuition and and fees first and if the student has Pell grant eligibility, those funds can be used to purchase books and supplies. This grant program allows the student to receive a maximum of $6,000 total per lifetime or three separate grant awards to complete three different short-term technical programs. The student can apply for a new grant award for a new short-term technical certificate program after they successfully complete the prior short-term technical certificate program.

    NEW!  2022 Darke County Foundation Scholarship
    The Darke County Foundation awarded 85 scholarships in the 2019–2020 academic year, totally nearly $160,000! Applicants must reside in Darke County and be home schooled or attend a Darke County high school. Students who are planning to attend a 4-year college, 2-year college or shorter vocational program are eligible to apply. Scholarships will be awarded based upon grade point average, ACT score, activities, financial need and essay (not necessarily in this order). Students can download an application at or by contacting their high school guidance counselor. Application submission deadline is March 31, 2022. For more information, call 937.548.4673.

    Loman and Olive Shiverdecker Scholarship
    Application is available to a graduate of a Darke County high school and must be attending or planning to attend Edison State Community College. Completed applications should be mailed to or dropped off at The Elk's Lodge, 214 W. Third Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Applicants may phone 937.548.1139 for more information.

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