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Scholarships & Application Information

Scholarships are a form of aid that assists students with paying for their education. Scholarships do not have to be repaid. Generally, scholarships are awarded to students with special qualifications, such as academic, athletic or artistic talent. Scholarships may be set up to support a specific type of work like community service or support an under-represented group of students.

Sinclair offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarships are available to recent high school graduates, new students, current students and returning students. Sinclair students also receive a wide variety of scholarships from external donors and outside resources.

Sinclair's Online Scholarship System application dates for 2023-2024 are:

  • Fall Semester: June 1–30
  • Spring Semester: November 1–30
  • Summer Semester: March  1-31

Interested applicants should complete a 2023-2024 FAFSA and have an admissions application on file with the institution.

Sinclair scholarships require an essay about your education and career goals. You can email your essay draft to and the Sinclair Writing Lab will return your essay with comments and suggestions within two business days. You can also meet with writing tutor. Schedule a face-to-face appointment and meet with a writing tutor at the Tutoring and Learning Center in the lower level of the library on the Dayton campus, or schedule a virtual appointment to take place over Zoom. When you book the appointment, type “scholarship” when you are asked for the course title.

Contact for any scholarship questions.


High School Merit Scholarships

High School Merit Scholarships ranging from $2,000 - $3,000 per year are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for high school seniors who plan to enroll at Sinclair as full-time students. Applications must include an electronic copy of the student’s unofficial high school transcript (minimum 3.0 GPA) and a letter of recommendation to be uploaded as part of the application. Students complete one General Application to be automatically considered for the scholarships for which they qualify. Students should check their my.Sinclair email inbox for updates 4-6 weeks after applying. Applications open December 1, 2023 for rising high school seniors graduating from high school in 2024. Applications close on Wednesday, February 28th, 2024.


In-Demand Jobs Scholarship

Until August 2024, we’ll be accepting applications for students pursuing a major in a strategic, in-demand field! This In-Demand Jobs Scholarship covers tuition and course fees after Pell Grant/other scholarships each semester until you graduate. Before applying, you must file your 2024-25 FAFSA here at Funds are for students beginning a qualified Education or STEMM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, Manufacturing, Medical) in FALL 2024 SEMESTER.


Choose Ohio First Scholarships

Sinclair College participates in the Choose Ohio First Scholarship program as part of the State of Ohio’s strategic effort to support undergraduate students in earning a certificate or associate degree in one of our many innovative academic programs. This partnership works to support Ohio's position on world markets such as aerospace, medicine, computer technology, and alternative energy. Funds are for students beginning their first term in a qualified STEMM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, Manufacturing, and Health Sciences), Computer Science/IT (Information Technology), or other Work-Based Learning field. This includes College Credit Plus (CCP) and Tech Prep students who completed credits while in high school. 

  • The 2023-2024 Choose Ohio First applications are currently closed.
  • The 2024-2025 Choose Ohio First applications will open in January 2024.

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Sinclair Scholarship Information


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External Scholarship Information


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College Credit Plus Free to Finish Scholarship

Sinclair Community College offers a College Credit Plus Free to Finish Scholarship for Sinclair College CCP participants who complete at least 24 college credit hours while in CCP with a minimum Sinclair GPA of 2.5 by high school graduation. All credit hours must be posted to students’ Sinclair College transcript by June 1st after high school graduation. Click HERE for a Frequently Asked Questions sheet with more information about the scholarship.

The CCP Free to Finish Scholarship is awarded in Fall and Spring semesters only.The scholarship covers all tuition and course fees (not including Aviation Flight Lab Fee) for the first Associate Degree, provided students enroll at least half-time (6+hours) and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA at Sinclair. Interested students must compete the FAFSA and complete all financial aid requirements.  NOTE: This information is meant to be a general guide for students and staff. Email from your my.Sinclair email inbox for questions specific to your student account.

To receive the scholarship, students must register at Sinclair by the Fall semester after high school graduation. This scholarship is applied after all other scholarships and grants, including the Tech Prep Scholarship.

Note:  High cost programs are excluded from this program. Awards are determined by the CCP Office, which can be contacted at


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Institutional Scholarships

Sinclair's Institutional Scholarships are available to high school graduates, new, current and returning students and range from $600 - $1,800 for an academic year.

Connection Grant

This scholarship is worth $1,000/year ($500 per fall/spring semester) and is for students who have Subsidized Loan eligibility (financial need based on the FAFSA), but are not eligible for the Pell Grant. Students are automatically considered for this award when their financial aid file is complete provided funds are available. Students must enroll half-time or more to be eligible.

Sinclair Foundation

The Sinclair Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization established in 1969 to provide funding for student and college needs not otherwise covered by other forms of financial aid. To view Foundation scholarships, visit the Sinclair Online Scholarship Application System.

External Scholarship Resources

External scholarships are awarded by agencies, clubs and organizations outside of Sinclair. These agencies send application information to the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office to encourage Sinclair students to apply. Students selected for an external scholarships should have their award checks marked to Sinclair's Bursar Office (Building 10, Room 016) on the Dayton campus. For more information, visit the External Scholarship Resources page.