Building a thriving community, one scholarship at a time!

Connecting students with scholarship opportunities to pursue their educational goals.

Our Story

Founded in 1918, the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation (CSF) was first an agency that paid stipends to high school students to remain in school, who might otherwise have left to help with the war effort. Its efforts were then expanded to assist college-bound students with scholarship aid. CSF’s mission is to increase college attainment and success for Greater Cincinnati students by administering scholarships through partnerships with business, foundations, and individual donors. The foundation has evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of the community, but the goal has remained the same: to remove some of the financial limitations to higher education for college-bound students.


What Drives Us

Just as the steamboat played a vital part in defining the region’s development, CSF is driven by innovation and the sincere desire to help the region. By nurturing relationships and molding the next generation we bridge the talent gap and fuel success.

Our goal is to mold the next generation of innovators and influencers to ensure their success while investing in the growth of our region. We offer unique opportunities that shape the future while allowing today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders. By pooling the area’s strongest resources, we forge connections and fuel the journey. 

Our Featured Scholarships

Success Stories

Maria Villeno

In the process of preparing for college, I made a crucial agreement with myself. This was to avert from inflicting burdens onto my family, more specifically my parents… Read Maria’s Story

Jared Alonzo

Receiving a scholarship from the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation (CSF) and the Shor family ensures that my dreams of being the first person in my family to attend university become a reality… Read Jared’s Story

Removing Financial Barriers to Education


Establish A Scholarship

Join other businesses, organizations, individuals and non-profits who have committed to helping thousands of students achieve their dream.


Apply For A Scholarship

Begin the process by creating your account to access the application for a need-based scholarship. Potential financial assistance is a click away.


Donate to CSF

You can make a one-time gift or become a CSF Ally monthly donor. CSF welcomes gifts of all sizes!

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