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Choose Ohio First – Pathways Scholarship


About the Scholarship

Miami University is proud to offer Choose Ohio First – Pathways to Careers in Digital and Quantitative Skills (COF-Pathways) Scholarships sponsored by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Award amounts vary, with typical awards in the range of $1500 to $6000 or more per year.

The goal of the COF-Pathways Scholarship program is to recruit, retain, and graduate talented and diverse students pursuing digital and quantitative career paths, and connect them with work-based learning opportunities to launch their careers and support the workforce needs of Ohio’s increasingly digital and data-driven economy.

The scholarships are intended to support Ohio students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in eligible STEM fields of study. See the Eligibility section of this website for a list of qualifying degree programs.

In addition to the scholarship, the COF-Pathways program will also provide enhanced support to the COF Scholars including meetings with faculty mentors and advisors for academic planning and support, and invitations to special industry-oriented events.

Subsequent years of funding are possible, provided scholars maintain compliance with program requirements (3.0 GPA or higher, participation in cohort activities) and funding continues through the Ohio General Assembly.

Who is Eligible?

  • Entering first-year undergraduate students
  • Admitted transfer students
  • Entering graduate students


Ohio residents seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree in an eligible STEM field of study. 

Eligible undergraduate programs:

  • Computer Science (B.A.)
  • Computer Science (B.S.)
  • Cybersecurity (B.S.)
  • Software Engineering (B.S.)
  • Smart Manufacturing Engineering (B.S.)
  • Robotics Engineering (B.S.)
  • Integrated Mathematics Education (B.S.)
  • Mathematics (B.A.)
  • Mathematics (B.S.)
  • Data Science and Statistics (B.S.)
  • Data Analytics (B.S.)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (B.S.)

Eligible graduate programs (Master’s level only):

  • M.S. in Computer Science
  • Master of Computer Science
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering
  • M.A.T. in Integrated Mathematics Education
  • M.S. in Mathematics

Additional Criteria:

  • Students must be new to the program of study at the institution
  • Scholarship can be maintained with a change of major only within the aforementioned list of majors

Scholarship Selection and Renewal Criteria

  • The Scholarship is offered to students based on merit and financial need.
  • This is a competitive scholarship, so consideration will be given to students based on GPA, essay responses, and interest in the eligible majors.
  • Successful applicants are expected to participate as a cohort in career development activities, mentoring support programs for academic enrichment and work-based learning activities.
  • An applicant is expected to maintain a GPA of 3.0 and above in the intended eligible major.

This scholarship can be renewed annually, within program limits, provided scholars maintain compliance with program requirements (GPA requirements, cohort activities, etc.) and funding continues through the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Contact Us


Dr. Jessica Sparks HeadshotJessica Sparks, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Professor
Chemical, Paper, & Biomedical Engineering


Jennifer Blue HeadshotJennifer Blue, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Professor
Department of Physics
(513) 529-1380


Dr. Kumar Singh HeadshotKumar Singh, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
(513) 529-0724


James Walden HeadshotJames Walden, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Cybersecurity and Professor
Computer Science and Software Engineering
(513) 529-0340


Jeffrey Wanko HeadshotJeffrey Wanko, Ph.D.
Teaching Curriculum & Educational Inquiry
(513) 529-6443

The College of Engineering and Computing