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: Scholarship Cycle is Open

OCCS offers 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. These scholarship opportunities were developed to award academic achievement, help students with a financial need, support virtual students and first-generation college students. If awarded a scholarship, this scholarship is available for renewal upon completion of the Renewal Application in future years.

The Scholarship Application is linked here.

The Renewal Scholarship Application is linked here (this application is for post-secondary students who have received an OCCS scholarship before).

 The deadline to submit an application is Friday, May 3rd, 2024 at 11:59 PM. Applications that are incomplete or late will not be considered.


For any questions, call Lexi Quinlivan at (419) 720-5200 or email



OCCS is pleased to announce the Performance, Innovation, and Improvement Grant opportunity for governing authorities of currently authorized schools. These funding opportunities are intended to support schools in meeting the goals outlined in their Performance and Accountability Plan, and to assist students, schools, and staff due to barriers from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To be eligible for the award cycle, completed applications and supporting documentation must be received by April 2, 2021.


Scholarship History:

The first OCCS scholarship was released in 2008. Since then, OCCS is proud to have awarded more than 550 scholarships to students wishing to further their education after high school. 

Our 17th scholarship cycle will open on February 16, 2024.