Scholarships

Earning a college degree doesn’t come free. Good thing there are resources available to help ease the financial burden! In addition to the different kinds of financial aid available through federal and state programs, Southern State offers a variety of Trustee and Foundation Scholarships. In fact, we give away nearly 100 scholarships each year. One of them could be yours.

How to Apply for Scholarships

To keep the process simple and relieve you from the pressure of having to figure out which scholarships are a good match for you, Southern State uses a single application designed to match you to the scholarships for which you are eligible. Matter of fact, the online application is powered by STARS Online so don’t be surprised if it feels like you’ve been redirected from our site. Some basic preparation tips have been offered but you may prefer a Step-By-Step Guide on how to apply. Either way, start your application now! The priority deadline is March 15.

Before you begin your online application:

  • Do you have a valid email address? If not, you should get one because it’s essential.
  • What about a Student ID number? If you are a current SSCC student, remember to have your student ID handy. For new students, the system will generate a STARS ID for you. (Note: The STARS ID is NOT your SSCC ID but rather, the ID you use for the scholarship application process.)
  • Do you know your current GPA? For current college students use your college GPA. Use your high school GPA if you don’t currently have earned college credits.
  • If you’ve already earned some college credits, do you know how many? Find out before you start.
  • Be prepared to answer some basic questions about your personal and professional goals and why you are choosing Southern State.
  • Be prepared to upload a copy of your high school or college transcript.
  • Be prepared to upload letters of recommendation.
  • What if I get stuck? Did you look at the Step-By-Step Guide? If you did and you’re still stuck, by all means, give us a call or drop us an email. You can reach the scholarship support team by emailing scholarships@sscc.edu or by calling 800.628.7722 x2610. Don’t be afraid to leave a message—we may have to give you a call back.

Scholarship Application

SSCC Scholarships

Below are the scholarships offered through Southern State. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Note: All scholarships are contingent on funding availability.

Academic

  • Academic Excellence Trustee Scholarship
  • Granted by the Board of Trustees of Southern State to a service area high school graduate from the graduating class preceding Fall semester who is enrolled full-time at Southern State. Requirements: have a minimum high school GPA of 3.25, maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 for a second year renewal. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Valedictorian/Salutatorian Trustee Scholarship
  • Granted by the Board of Trustees of Southern State to service area valedictorians and salutatorians from the graduating class preceding Fall semester who are enrolled full-time at Southern State. Requirements: have a minimum high school GPA of 3.25, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 for a second year renewal, submit a letter of recommendation from high school principal and a written personal statement describing the applicant’s goals and extracurricular activities. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Tech Prep Trustee Scholarship
  • Granted by the Board of Trustees of Southern State to encourage worthy students to pursue their academic careers. Applicants may be interviewed and recommended by a Tech Prep faculty advisor. Requirements: complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online

Adult

  • Adult Incentive Scholarship
  • With this scholarship, a student has the opportunity to receive one free class between one and three credit hours (lab fees and books are not included). The student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligibility for the Pell Grant will be determined and the scholarship will pay up to the cost of tuition after the Pell Grant has been applied to the student’s account. Requirements: must not have been enrolled in high school or college credit courses for at least five years, must not have earned a Bachelor’s or higher degree. A GED or high school diploma is not required but is highly recommended. Deadline: March 15
  • Application
  • Trustee GED Scholarship
  • This scholarship is offered to any student who completes and passes the GED test and has never attended a post-secondary institution. It must be used within one year of receipt of GED and is for tuition of one class up to three credit hours.
  • Apply Online
  • Trustee GED Honors Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is offered to the person with the highest GED score in each county (Adams, Brown, Clinton, Fayette, and Highland). It is non-renewable. Deadline: June 1
  • Apply Online

Departmental

  • Accounting Department Trustee Scholarship
  • Granted by the Board of Trustees of Southern State to encourage worthy students to pursue their academic careers. Applicants may be interviewed and recommended by an Accounting faculty advisor. Requirements: enrolled full-time, minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain 2.75 GPA to continue to receive scholarship. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Agriculture Department Trustee Scholarship
  • Granted by the Board of Trustees of Southern State to encourage worthy students to pursue their academic careers. Applicants may be interviewed and recommended by an Agriculture faculty advisor. Requirements: enrolled full-time, minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain 2.75 GPA to continue to receive scholarship. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Athletic Department Trustee Scholarships
  • Athletic scholarship recipients are selected by the coaches of each sport and must comply with all OCAC (Ohio Collegiate Athletic Conference) regulations and/or by-laws. Athletic programs for which scholarships may be awarded include: Men’s Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Women’s Basketball and Women’s Softball.
  • To apply, contact the Athletic Department at 800.628.7722 x2697.
  • Business Department Trustee Scholarship
  • Granted by the Board of Trustees of Southern State to encourage worthy students to pursue their academic careers. Applicants may be interviewed and recommended by a Business faculty advisor. Requirements: enrolled full-time, minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain 2.75 GPA to continue to receive scholarship. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Computer Science Department Trustee Scholarship
  • Granted by the Board of Trustees of Southern State to encourage worthy students to pursue their academic careers. Applicants may be interviewed and recommended by a Computer Science faculty advisor. Requirements: enrolled full-time, minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain 2.75 GPA to continue to receive scholarship. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Early Childhood Education Department Trustee Scholarship
  • Granted by the Board of Trustees of Southern State to encourage worthy students to pursue their academic careers. Applicants may be interviewed and recommended by an Early Childhood Education faculty advisor. Requirements: enrolled full-time, minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain 2.75 GPA to continue to receive scholarship. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Education Department Trustee Scholarship
  • Granted by the Board of Trustees of Southern State to encourage worthy students to pursue their academic careers. Applicants may be interviewed and recommended by an Education faculty advisor. Requirements: enrolled full-time, minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain 2.75 GPA to continue to receive scholarship. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Engineering Department Trustee Scholarship
  • Granted by the Board of Trustees of Southern State to encourage worthy students to pursue their academic careers. Applicants may be interviewed and recommended by an Engineering faculty advisor. Requirements: enrolled full-time, minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain 2.75 GPA to continue to receive scholarship. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Human Services Department Trustee Scholarship
  • Granted by the Board of Trustees of Southern State to encourage worthy students to pursue their academic careers. Applicants may be interviewed and recommended by a Human Services faculty advisor. Requirements: enrolled full-time, minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain 2.75 GPA to continue to receive scholarship. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Math & Science Department Trustee Scholarship
  • Granted by the Board of Trustees of Southern State to encourage worthy students to pursue their academic careers. Applicants may be interviewed and recommended by a Math or Science faculty advisor. Requirements: enrolled full-time, minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain 2.75 GPA to continue to receive scholarship. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Medical Assisting Department Trustee Scholarship
  • Granted by the Board of Trustees of Southern State to encourage worthy students to pursue their academic careers. Applicants may be interviewed and recommended by a Medical Assisting faculty advisor. Requirements: enrolled full-time, minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain 2.75 GPA to continue to receive scholarship. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Nursing Department Trustee Scholarship
  • Granted by the Board of Trustees of Southern State to encourage worthy students to pursue their academic careers. Applicants may be interviewed and recommended by a Nursing faculty advisor. Requirements: enrolled full-time, minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain 2.75 GPA to continue to receive scholarship. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Performing Arts Department Trustee Scholarship
  • Granted by the Board of Trustees of Southern State to encourage worthy students to pursue their academic careers. Applicants may be interviewed and recommended by a Speech and Theater faculty advisor. Requirements: enrolled full-time, minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain 2.75 GPA to continue to receive scholarship. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Visual Arts Department Trustee Scholarship
  • Granted by the Board of Trustees of Southern State to encourage worthy students to pursue their academic careers. Applicants may be interviewed and recommended by a Fine Arts faculty advisor. Requirements: enrolled full-time, minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain 2.75 GPA to continue to receive scholarship. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online

SSCC Foundation Scholarships

Below are the scholarships offered through the Southern State Foundation. If you have any questions, please Contact the Foundation.

  • Bagshaw Enterprises, Inc. KFC Scholarship
  • This scholarship is directed to applicants who are employed and maintain at least 12 hours of continuous employment at KFC or Long John Silvers operated by Bagshaw Enterprises, Inc. Requirements: enrolled full-time and have a minimum GPA of 2.6 Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Cassner Family Foundation Scholarship
  • There will be two scholarships of $3,000 distributed over the academic school year to applicants entering Southern State full-time from Highland County. Requirements: maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to continue receiving the scholarship throughout the academic year. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Cindy Igo Memorial Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is designated in honor of the late Cindy Cowne Igo, Administrative Assistant. Requirements: must be current Southern State student enrolled in the Office Information Technology or Business Management program. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Colonel J. Pommert Memorial Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is for graduates of McClain High School who have been active in community service and athletics while in school. Requirements: have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Don & Ann Fender Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is for residents of Adams, Brown, or Highland County who are pursuing a health-related degree. Preference will be given to nursing students professing a desire to work at Highland District Hospital. Requirements: have a minimum GPA of 2.6. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Douglas R. & Dr. Susan Seipelt Family Scholarship
  • This scholarship is for residents of Adams, Brown or Highland County who are entering Southern State. Awards will be made based on a student’s ability to demonstrate consistent leadership qualities and exhibit responsibility to self, family, school, and community. Requirements: maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.6. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Dr. Lawrence & Gale Dukes Scholarship
  • This scholarship is for residents of Adams, Brown, Clinton, Fayette or Highland County who can be a new or continuing student. Requirements: have a minimum GPA of 3.0, show need of financial assistance. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Dylan Philip Wilson Memorial Scholarship
  • This scholarship is for a student from Georgetown High School now attending Southern State full-time. The scholarship amount is based on funding availability as determined by the Dylan Philip Wilson Scholarship Committee. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Edward K. Daniels Memorial Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is designed to honor the late Edward K. Daniels, Drama Professor. Eligibility is restricted to a continuing Southern State drama student. Requirements: have minimum GPA of 2.5. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Eugene Worthington Memorial / Brown County Rural Water Scholarship
  • Two $500 awards will be granted to applicants who must be siblings of a Brown County Rural Water Association employee and be students from Brown County and the surrounding areas. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Fayette County Scholars
  • This $1000 scholarship is for students from Fayette County. Requirements: have a minimum GPA of 3.0, maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to continue receiving the scholarship throughout the academic year. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Hillsboro Elks Scholarship
  • This $1,000 scholarship is for students who demonstrate financial need and display an interest in community service. Requirements: must maintain a GPA of 2.5 to receive the award throughout the school year. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Hottle Nursing Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is awarded each year to a student accepted into the Nursing program at Southern State who is a resident of Brown, Clinton, Fayette or Highland County. Requirements: have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • JoAnne Jacobson Memorial Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is designed to honor the late JoAnne Jacobson, Nursing Professor. Eligibility is restricted to a current Fayette County resident and outstanding nursing student selected by the nursing faculty. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Joyce Fender Family Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is designated for students pursuing a business major, preferably in Real Estate. Requirements: must be a single mother, demonstrate a need for financial aid, maintain a GPA of 2.6 Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Julia Barthel Memorial Art Scholarship
  • A $500 award for Southern State students focusing on art classes, specifically watercolors and pastels of flowers, painted landscapes and still life. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Paul Neff Scholarship
  • Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to one freshman and one sophomore who are from Adams or Brown county and are majoring in the Chemical Dependency program. Requirements: maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.6 to continue receiving the scholarship throughout the academic year. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Robert A. & Dorothy Hodson Scholarship
  • Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to students from Highland County who demonstrate good leadership qualities. Requirements: have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • SSCC Student Government Association Scholarship
  • This scholarship is supported and funded by the Student Government Association (SGA) to advance student achievement among continuing Southern State students. The SGA, which is a student-led, campus-based leadership organization, strives to represent the student population on all campuses by pursuing social, political, academic and administrative initiatives of interest to our student body. Supported by the SGA, deserving second-year students can apply for scholarships to offset their tuition and related college expenses at Southern State. Applicants should be in good standing academically and be prepared to submit an essay describing the importance of student leadership within the college setting. Awards will be based on fund availability. Requirements: second-year student, 2.0 GPA or higher, taking at least 6 semester hours. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Steven Bennett Memorial Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is for residents of Fayette County and is designated in honor of the late Steven Bennett of Fayette County. Requirements: have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Storer Family Scholarship
  • This scholarship is for second year nursing students who have graduated from any Highland County high school. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Washington Court House City Police Department Scholarship
  • This $750 scholarship is for Fayette County residents who are recent graduates of Washington Senior High School or Miami Trace High School. The award is dispersed over a period of two semester ($375 per semester). Requirements: maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.6, must demonstrate good leadership qualities, community involvement, and academic excellence. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • William F. Thoroman Memorial Scholarship
  • This scholarship was establish by the Thoroman family in memory of William F. Thoroman. This scholarship is targeted toward students majoring in Corrections or Law Enforcement at Southern State. Preference is given to Soccer players. Requirements: enrolled full-time and have a minimum GPA of 2.0 Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online

Local Scholarships

The following are local and state-sponsored scholarships. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

  • AES Engineers Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted. Deadline: October 5
  • Apply Online
  • All-Ohio Chapter: Soil & Water Conservation Society Scholarship
  • This $1000 scholarship is for Ohio residents enrolled at an Ohio college or university pursuing a conservation or environmentally related degree. Deadline: April 29
  • Application
  • Altrusa of Highland County Scholarship
  • The recepient of this scholarship ranging from $250 to $500 must be a resident of Highland County for at least two years. In addition, they must be at least 25 years old and currently enrolled in an accredited institution. Requirements: completed a minimum of 12 credit hours. Deadline: February 1
  • Application
  • Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD) David V. Stivison Appalachian Scholarship
  • This scholarship is for residents of the 30-county COAD service area who reside in a household with a total annual income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. Requirements: have obtained or will obtain a high school degree or GED, show proof of acceptance by an accredited 2- year or 4-year institution of higher education Deadline: March 1
  • Learn More Here or call 740.594.8499
  • Application
  • GM/Frigidaire Scholarship
  • This $1000 scholarship is for GM/Delphi/D-Max employees, retirees, their spouses, dependent children and grandchildren. Requirements: have minimum GPA of 3.0, passed all parts of the Ohio Graduation Test. Deadline: February 1
  • Visit the Office of Financial Aid to obtain an application.
  • Harold W. Spargur & James E. Spargur Memorial Scholarship
  • This $300 scholarship is for Highland County High School graduates (also residing in a Highland County school district) who are enrolled at Southern State full-time and majoring in Education. Requirements: have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Deadline: July 1
  • Apply Online
  • Highland County Chamber Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is for students who have successfully completed a minimum of 15 credit hours of higher education with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students must be pursuing a business or industry-related degree or certificate. Requirements: applicant or parent of applicant must be a member or employed by a member of the Highland County Chamber of Commerce. Deadline: March 15
  • Apply Online
  • Highland County Retired Teachers Scholarship
  • This $300 scholarship is for Highland County High School graduates (also residing in a Highland County school district) who are enrolled at Southern State full-time and majoring in Education. Requirements: have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Deadline: July 1
  • Apply Online
  • Highland County Society for Children & Adults, Inc. Betty Collins Scholarship
  • This scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who is a resident of Highland County, has taken the ACT or SAT if required, and has a disability or has a parent, sibling or child with a disability. Requirements: have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Deadline: June 1
  • Send application to 111 W. Walnut Street, Hillsboro, OH 45133.
  • Application
  • Hillsboro American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship
  • This $200 minimum scholarship is for the "non–traditional" female student (one whose education has been interrupted or delayed). The applicant must be a current Highland County resident for at least two years, at least 21 years old and currently enrolled at a college. Requirements: have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Deadline: July 1
  • Application
  • Hillsboro Lions Club Scholarship
  • One $500 scholarship award will be made to the applicant who has achieved academic excellence (as evidenced by their transcripts) who show a commitment to public service and are able to prove involvement or intention to be involved in community activities. Requirements: must continue education at the Central Campus of Southern State in Hillsboro, demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Deadline: April 3
  • Application
  • InterAct for Change Nursing Scholarships
  • InterAct for Change administers several education-based scholarships that benefit nursing students who live or attend an accredited nursing program within 65 miles of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Deadline: January 31
  • Apply Online
  • Lake Waynoka Civic Club & the Ohio Plein Air Society Art Scholarship
  • This $500 scholarship is offered to cover tuition, books, and/or art supplies for a full-time Southern State student with an art focus and enrolled in at least one art course per term. Requirements: must be resident of Highland, Brown, Adams, Bracken, or Mason county, have minimum GPA of 2.6, submit one-page artist statement, present three to five original artworks at interview. Deadline: February 15
  • Application
  • Mensa Education & Research Foundation Scholarship
  • A $1000, $2000 and $3000 scholarship will be awarded to third, second and first place applicants who submit an essay of no more than 550 words that describes the applicant’s career, vocational or academic goals. The awards are unrestricted as to age, race, gender, level of post-secondary education, grade point average and financial need. Deadline: January 15
  • Apply Online
  • Ohio Environmental Science & Environmental Engineering Program
  • This $1250 scholarship is for two-year programs and is non-renewable. Students must be able to demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to a career in environmental science or environmental engineering. Requirements: must be in the final year of program by fall term, have minimum GPA of 3.0, submit essay(s) and letters of recommendations Deadline: June 1
  • Apply Online
  • Seneca County Master Gardeners Scholarship
  • This $5000 non-renewable scholarship is available only to college students who will be entering their junior or senior year of college or doing graduate work. Requirements: must be pursuing a plant science degree, must be a Seneca County resident or a graduate of a Seneca County high school. Deadline: April 15
  • Application

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