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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.

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. Applications are currently being accepted. The deadline to apply is August 21, 2023, or when funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

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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 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. See examples below for a full-time student (12+ credit hours) with $2,000 in tuition and fees for Fall semester.

Example Awards on my.Sinclair Financial Aid Portal Financial Aid Order of Payout

Example Student #1

$1,000 Tuition/Book Outside Scholarship


$750 Tech Prep Scholarship


Eligible for CCP Free to Finish Scholarship

$1,000 Outside scholarship applies towards tuition (No funds remaining for books)


$750 Tech Prep Scholarship applies next


$250 CCP Free to Finish applies last


Leftover Funds for Books: $0

Example Student #2

$1,500 Pell Grant


$750 Tech Prep Scholarship


Eligible for CCP Free to Finish Scholarship

$1,500 Pell Grant applies first


$750 Tech Prep Scholarship applies next

NOTE: No remaining tuition and fees for CCP Free to Finish to cover


Leftover Funds for Books: $250

Example Student #3

$3,000 Pell Grant



Eligible for Tech Prep


Eligible for CCP Free to Finish Scholarship

$3,000 Pell Grant applies first and covers all tuition and fees


No financial need for Tech Prep


No remaining balance due for Tech Prep or CCP Free to Finish to cover


Leftover Funds for Books: $1,000


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

In-Demand Jobs Scholarship

This scholarship was for students beginning a qualified Education or STEMM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, Manufacturing, Medical) program at Sinclair starting this Fall 2023 semester. Applications for this scholarship closed August 10th. Over 70 students were awarded! No additional students will be selected this year. However, you can find other currently available scholarships on the “External Scholarship Resources” paragraph below. Also, the State of Ohio is working on scholarship initiatives for Ohio residents in high-need job fields. You can view updates on State-funded scholarships on our State Grants and Scholarships webpage:

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. Applications for current high school seniors (Class of 2023) are now closed. Applications will open again December 2023 for rising high school seniors graduating in 2024.

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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.

Taylor Scholars Program

Scholarships are available to eligible high school seniors graduating from a participating school or pre-college program. For more information about the program, call 937-512-4426. Learn more about the Taylor Scholars Program.

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.