Strategic Initiatives

To demonstrate our commitment to high-quality education for all students and dedication to providing assistance to partner schools, The Ohio Council of Community Schools is pleased to offer annual grants and scholarships to help offset the costs of education.

Postsecondary Scholarships - The Window is Now Closed

OCCS offers multiple scholarships to support students who have attended an OCCS-affiliated charter school and wish to further their education after high school to attend a 4-year college or university, a 2-year college or a trade college leading to certification. The 2019-2020 school year marks our twelfth scholarship cycle. These scholarship opportunities were developed to award academic achievement, help students with a financial need, support virtual students and first-generation college students.

This year was our most competitive scholarship cycle we've ever had as we received a record number of applications. OCCS is proud to award 76 scholarships to a variety of students in virtual, brick-and-mortar, and drop-out recovery schools.

2019-2020 First Generation College Scholarship
This year OCCS awarded 17 First Generation College Scholarships. 

2019-2020 Academic Excellence Scholarship
This year OCCS awarded 5 Academic Excellence Scholarships. 

2019-2020 Financial Scholarship
This year OCCS awarded 3 Financial Scholarships.

2019-2020 Virtual Student Scholarship
This year we created a scholarships specifically for our virtual students. OCCS awarded 27 Virtual Student Scholarships.

2019-2020 Re-Application Scholarship
This year OCCS awarded 24 Re-Application Scholarships. 

Congratulations Class of 2019! Whether students are pursuing a 2-year or 4-year degree, heading to a technical school or starting a new job, we know they will succeed.  


The 2020-2021 Scholarship Cycle will Open in February. 




This funding opportunity is intended to support schools in meeting or exceeding the goals outlined in their Performance and Accountability Plan or to help fund the implementation of initiatives designed to improve student engagement and retention. The current application may be found here.

2018-2019 Recognitions: