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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 2021-2022 are:

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

Interested applicants should complete a 2021-202 FAFSA and have an admissions application on file with the institution.

Sinclair scholarships require an essay about your education and career goals. Contact the Writing Lab if you would like help writing your scholarship essay.  You can email your essay to receive written feedback from a tutor or you can request a Zoom session to discuss your essay with a tutor. Please email using your email address to get started.

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Choose Ohio First Scholarship for STEMM Students

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program is part of the State's strategic effort to strengthen Ohio's position on world markets such as aerospace, manufacturing, medicine, computer technology and alternative energy. Funds are for students beginning a qualified STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medical) program in Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 semester. CCP and Tech Prep students, as well as current Sinclair students that newly declare an eligible STEMM program of study, are encouraged to apply. To apply for the Choose Ohio First Scholarship, complete the online application. DEADLINE: FIRST DAY OF FALL SEMESTER (August 23, 2021). Check your email inbox 2-4 weeks after applying for updates.

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. Applications are now closed, but will reopen December 1, 2021 for Spring 2022 high school graduates.

COVID-19 Relief Tuition/Fee Funds Available for Summer and Fall 2021

Sinclair has committed new funding for students needing COVID-19 relief. The funds are to assist students with tuition and fees for either Summer 2021 or Fall 2021. To apply for funds, click the “Apply Online to Scholarships” button and complete a General Application. Check your email inbox for 2-3 weeks for updates. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have immediate needs due to the pandemic, apply for Emergency Grant funds through the Ombudsman Office.

College Credit Plus Completion Scholarship

Sinclair Community College offers a College Credit Plus Completion Scholarship for CCP participants who have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA at Sinclair and will complete at least 30 credit hours by the end of their last semester of high school. The scholarship is $1,500 for the Fall and $1,500 for the Spring semester after high school graduation. Applications for Spring 2021 high school graduates are closed and all awards have been made. Applications for Spring 2022 high school graduates will open November 1st on this webpage.

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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.

Athletic Scholarships

The Physical Education Department coordinates all athletic scholarship awards. Decisions and scholarships offers are made by individual coaches and endorsed by the Athletic Director. The Financial Aid & Scholarships Office is notified to credit an award to the student's account.

Additional information about athletic scholarships can be obtained by contacting the Athletics Department at 937-512-2860.

Visit the Athletics Website, for more information about the athletic programs at Sinclair.

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.