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College Scholarship Program

For decades, the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation (CSF) has administered scholarships that have helped thousands of students from the Greater Cincinnati area to achieve their dream of a college education. The scholarship funds come from community organizations, businesses and individuals who believe that a higher education should be available to everyone, regardless of financial limitations.
Criteria for these scholarships are determined by the donors and can be specific, which is why it is important that you complete the application in its entirety. Most scholarships are “need-based”, and help to cover the cost of education after all other federal, state, and campus-based aid have been awarded. To be considered for all CSF scholarships, you must have a proven financial need which can only be determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


Who may apply for these scholarships?

There are many different scholarships with varying criteria. Unless otherwise specified in the “List of Scholarships”, they are intended for students whose families reside in the Greater Cincinnati area (Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana).

Is there a deadline?

Yes, May 31st. Any application received after that date will not be considered. The application must be date-stamped or postmarked no later than May 31st.

I understand that you administer many different scholarships. How do I apply for all of them?

Only one application is required to be considered for all the scholarships we administer. We take the information you provide on the application and try to match it with a scholarship.

What are the criteria for your scholarships?

Most of our scholarships are need-based. There are a few that are not. In addition to being need-based, some scholarships seek candidates who meet gender, ethnicity, school, major, or athletics requirements, to name a few.

May I go to any school?

You may attend the college or university of your choice as long as it is an accredited, and not-for-profit.

Do I need to be full-time?

Yes, these scholarships require full-time attendance (12 credit hours or better).

When will I find out if I qualify?

The awarding process takes place over the summer and sometimes goes into the school year. Current recipients who have applied to renew their scholarships have first consideration. When the renewal process is complete, we’ll then know what is available for distribution to new applicants. Awarding begins around the first of the summer and goes on until all the money has been distributed.

Why do I need my own email address?

Our application system software uses an email address to create a unique user login experience for each applicant. In order to keep your application from getting confused with those of other or past applicants, it is important to use a unique email when signing up for an application account. If you need an email address and do not currently have one, please consider the many free email services available, such as Gmail by GoogleYahoo! MailOutlook by, and many others.

Who can I reach out to if I have questions?

If you have any questions you can give us a call at (513)345-6701 or email our Program Administrator, Kaitlin Minniefield at

Do I need any supplemental documents to be considered for a scholarship?

Yes! You will need your unofficial transcript, Resume, Student essay, FAFSA Submission Summary, and Financial Aid Award Letter to be considered for a scholarship. 

Do I need a recommendation letter?

You are not required to have a recommendation letter unless, you are eligible for a scholarship that requires a recommendation letter for consideration.

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