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The Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation 2024-2025 Scholarship Application is now open through May 31st!
The 2024- 2025 Renewal Application Portal Is now open!

We have received many e-mails and calls from applicants, high schools, and nonprofit partners because of our 5/31 deadline. We are working closely with our local university partners and monitoring the website for updates pertaining to the FAFSA information that CSF has historically required. CSF wants to reassure all of our applicants that your scholarship eligibility will not be impacted due to issues with the FAFSA this year. We want you to focus on ending your school year strong! Keep visiting our website for updates.

Regardless, all applicants MUST submit the following by the 5/31 deadline to be eligible for CSF scholarships:

1.        Completed CSF online application

2.        Cumulative grades up to the term of the application

3.        Student essay

4.        Student resume

The FAFSA issues WILL NOT impact the 6/15 deadline for our current scholarship recipients who are renewing their scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic year.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at or call us at (513)-345-6701.

The Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation administers several scholarships, each with its own criteria.  However, only one application is required to be considered for all of them.  The information you enter in your application along with required documents you upload to your application will determine which scholarship you are qualified to receive. Virtually, all the scholarships are need-based.

Applicants must reside in the Greater Cincinnati Area* and be pursuing an Undergraduate Degree, Post Bachelorette Degree, or Trade Certification at an accredited, non-proprietary college, university or trade school.

Correspondence between CSF and applicants/awardees will occur by way of email, using the student’s primary email address* entered on the application. It is the applicants’/awardees’ responsibility to regularly check their emails throughout the application process. Failure to check email accounts, including junk/spam folders, is not a valid reason to not follow through with deadlines, needed documents, etc.

*Please do not use your high school email address as it will most likely expire upon or soon after graduation.

Renewal applications will open in February! Be sure that you have submitted your semester grades to!

Information for creating and submitting the CSF application and required documents:

The following documents are required to complete your application:

  1. Transcript up to the first semester of the current academic year.
  2. Student resume reflecting extracurricular activities, employment and community service.
  3. 2024-2025 FAFSA Submission Summary (formerly known as the Student Aid Report or SAR)
  4. 2024-2025 Financial Aid Notification from the school you are planning to attend.  
  5. A 500-word essay. Tell us about yourself. What motivates you to do what you plan to do (study and pursue a
    career)? What are your positive characteristics? What kind of successes have you had in your life?
    What kind of hardships have you overcome to get where you are going?

(Please refrain from fully submitting your application until you have received your 2024-2025 FAFSA awards. Until you have been awarded, please save your application as a draft.)

CSF will only accept documents in the following formats:

  • Microsoft Word
  • PDF
  • JPEG

If documents are not submitted in these formats, applications will not be considered for scholarship awards. We will not accept HTML, PNG, HEIC, Webarchive, GIF, and TXT.

CSF understands that the FAFSA Submission Summary and/or the Financial Aid Notification may not be available by May 31st. Applicants may submit the on-line application without these documents by the deadline and are responsible for uploading the required documents upon receiving them to complete the application process. Applications will be reviewed upon completion.

When applying for the 2024-2025 Scholarship Application, be sure to use the new scholarship application link provided below!

When making changes or uploading documents to your application, applicants must electronically sign the application each time or the changes will not be saved.

Please contact CSF by email at or by phone at (513)345-6701 with any questions or concerns regarding applications.

The CSF scholarship award process

Obtaining the required documents can take time (i.e., filing taxes, submitting the FAFSA, waiting for the schools to “package” a student’s financial aid), the awarding of scholarships takes place during mid- to late summer, and sometimes after the academic year begins.

Once CSF has received the completed application with the required documentation, CSF will seek to match applicants with specific scholarships, based on the scholarships’ eligibility criteria (May-July).

Applications are then forwarded to either the CSF Scholarship Selection Committee or to the scholarship-specific selection committees, as determined by the scholarship donors’ requirements. (June—August).

Once a recipient has been selected, CSF will send a notification packet to the awardee that includes the Scholarship Award Letter with the amount awarded, a Student Information Verification form, and an FAQ sheet. The Scholarship Award Letter and the Student Information Verification form must be read, signed, and returned to the CSF office. Upon receipt, CSF will notify the academic institution of the award. A check for the fall semester will be sent to the school shortly thereafter.  

If a renewable scholarship is awarded, criteria must continue to be met each year to renew. If criteria such as enrollment status, financial need, a change of major or school are not met, the scholarship will be redistributed. 

* Greater Cincinnati Area: Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren in OH; Boone, Campbell and Kenton in KY;  Dearborn in IN
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