The Benefits Of Sponsorship. The Advantages Of Choice.
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.
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.
The eligibility criteria and application for each scholarship may be found below. Students can only apply for ONE of the following scholarships.
To be considered for a scholarship, OCCS requires all documents to be submitted by 4:00pm on Friday, May 10, 2019. Candidates will be notified by June 10, 2019.
2019-2020 First Generation College Scholarship
This scholarship is offered to high school seniors who attended an OCCS sponsored school for a year or more and are first generation college students. First generation means that your parents/ legal guardians have not completed a 4-year college degree.
2019-2020 Academic Excellence Scholarship
This scholarship is offered to high school seniors who attended an OCCS sponsored school for a year or more and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
2019-2020 Financial Scholarship
This scholarship is offered to high school seniors who attended an OCCS sponsored school for a year or more and have a financial need. Financial need is determined by students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
2019-2020 Virtual Student Scholarship
This scholarship is offered to high school seniors who attended an OCCS sponsored virtual school for at least one year.
2019-2020 Re-Application Scholarship
This scholarship is offered to students who have previously applied for an OCCS scholarship in the past and are currently attending a 4-year college or university, a 2-year college or a trade college leading to a certificate.
PERFORMANCE, INNOVATION, AND IMPROVEMENT GRANT- The Window is Now CLOSED
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.
Public charter schools generally operate with just two-thirds of the per-pupil funding provided for traditional public school students, and those funds must be allocated to cover the significant costs of education, facilities and transportation. With very limited exceptions, Ohio charter schools receive no portion of local share or levy funding.