Scholarships for Short-Term Certificates

In partnership with the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), this scholarship is being offered to support students who exhibit financial need and are enrolled in a less than one-year program (or less than 900 clock hours) leading to a credential or certification that is considered in-demand or industry recognized. This scholarship pays for tuition only and can be awarded in conjunction with federal need-based financial aid for degree programs. The maximum benefit is up to three awards with a $6,000 maximum per lifetime. If the applicant's three programs do not equal $6,000 the student is not allowed any additional funding despite not reaching the $6,000 threshold. Grant amounts will not be altered to exhaust the $6,000 maximum amount. Restrictions apply based on program selected.

To be considered for this funding opportunity, the following qualifications must be met:

  • Applied to Southern State and have met any program specific admissions requirements and/or prerequisites required for the qualifying program;
  • Filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be Pell eligible or demonstrate additional need based on this application;
  • Passed (successfully) any prior certifications where funding was used prior to applying for another round of funds AND paid any outstanding balances with the College;
  • Resides in the state of Ohio and enrolled as an SSCC student not in College Credit Plus (CCP).

Southern State Community College does not issue a degree/certification to students who complete the short-term certifications.

The application is currently closed; all available funding has been awarded. Please check back after August 1 for updates.

Eligible Short-Term Certifications

Name of Program (testing vouchers not included) Up To Grant Amount
Commercial Driver's License (Non-Credit) $2,000
Basic Peace Officer Training Academy $2,000
QuickBooks $750
Microsoft Office Specialist $2,000
CompTIA A+ $1,000
COMPTIA Security+, or COMPTIA CySA+, or COMPTIA PenTest+ $2,000
Certified Medical Admin Assistant, or Billing and Coding Specialist, or Certified Coding Assistant (program selection entrance required) $2,000
Certified Medical Administrative Specialist (program selection entrance required) $2,000
Certified Medical Assistant, or Registered Medical Assistant, or Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (program selection entrance required) $2,000
State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) (Non-Credit) $850
Real Estate Professional Certification $2,000


The application is currently closed; all available funding has been awarded. Please check back after August 1 for updates.