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Choose Ohio First Will Provide Ohioans Pathway to College Education

November 13, 2023
Gayle Manning News

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COLUMBUS – State Representative Gayle Manning (R- North Ridgeville) announces the Department of Higher Education will receive more than $39 million for the Choose Ohio First Scholarship program. 

This program has a focus on recruiting Ohio residents with scholarship opportunities in STEM fields to attend Ohio universities and colleges that provide work-based learning opportunities. 

“This is Ohio money going to Ohio students,” said Manning. “The Choose Ohio First Scholarship program is offering a pathway for Ohio students to earn a degree, while not drowning students in debt while they attempt to establish their futures.”

The program will help enhance regional education around the state, while also contributing to the economic growth of each region. Institutions that participate in the Choose Ohio First Scholarship program must also match the funding they receive from the state and use 100% of the funding for scholarships to students. 

Locally, Lorain County Community College offers a variety of STEM degrees and university partnerships.

The Ohio Controlling Board is the financial legislative oversight for capital and operating expenditures by state agencies. The next controlling board meeting is scheduled for Nov. 27.