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Regional Scholarships

How do I submit my scholarship?

Be sure you meet with your chapter advisor prior to submitting your application to sign off on your 2019 Ohio Scholarship Application Form. Scan and upload your application form and essay in an e-mail. Send the completed application form as a .pdf and each essay in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .odt it to Regional Coordinator David Sigmund. Applications without the advisor’s signature and required documentation will be disqualified.

Ohio Scholarships Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020 by 6pm EST

Late entries will be disqualified. All entries received will receive a confirmation e-mail from David Sigmund with the status of their application (qualified or disqualified) by Saturday, February 15, 2020 by 6pm EST.

Ohio Region Scholarship Application

Scholarship Judging Rubric

Send completed application form as a pdf and each essay in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .odt to: David Sigmund

Links to Scholarship Information

Scholarship Rubric

Scholarship Guidelines

Ohio Scholarship FAQ

2015-2017 Scholarship Recipients

How to Support the Ohio Region Scholarships

The 2019 Ohio Region Scholarships At A Glance

Scholarship Name Scholarship
Buckeye Scholarship $500 for service involved Phi Theta Kappans
Honors Institute Leadership Role Honors Institute Tuition & Leadership Role
John C. Kesler Scholarship (1) $500 for Catalyst Tuition & Travel Support
Dorthy C. Lanier Scholarship for Ohio Region $1000 for Leadership from controversy/challenge
Cindy L. Carbone Scholarship $500 for newly involved first-year members
Cherie Barth Completion Scholarship $1000 and within 15 hours of graduating
Most Valuable Member Scholarship $250 non-officer and nominated by others
Ohio Golden Opportunity Scholarship (6) National & Regional Membership Fee waived plus free March Convention Registration

Brought to you by Alpha of Ohio Alumni Assocation
2018 Recipient: Rishabh Shah, Columbus State Community College

This scholarship recognizes outstanding members involved in community involvement. One $500.00 scholarship will be awarded each year to help the recipient continue their collegiate studies.

Applicant’s essay to respond to the following prompt:
"How has your Phi Theta Kappa experience enhanced your community involvement?"

Brought to you by the Ohio Region
2018 Recipient: Marilyn Yoder, Stark State College

Each year, the Ohio Region selects a student to attend the Honors Institute on a Regional Scholarship. This scholarship covers the registration cost of approximately $890.00 to attend the International Honors Institute in June. Transportation and incidental expenses are the responsibility of the student and their college/chapter. Once evidence of airfare is purchased by the Honors Institute early bird deadline, then the Ohio Region will register the student for Honors Institute.

The student winning this scholarship is expected to work with the regional officer team to help plan and lead the Regional Honors Event in the summer. This requires attendance at the 2020 Ohio Honors In Action Conference (HIA) July 17-18 at Washing State Community College and pre-conference planning meetings on google chat prior to HIA.

Applicant must have an advisor verify that the student will attend Honors Institute 2020 in Chicago on June 8-12, 2020 and the Ohio Honors In Action Conference 2020 in July if selected.

Applicant’s essay to respond to the following prompt:
“What does the Honors Study Topic mean to you? How do you plan to put “Honors in Action”?”

Brought to you by Alpha of Ohio Alumni Assocation
2018 Recipients:
Alice Legg, Cuyahoga Community College- West Campus
Sydney Johnson, Eastern Gateway Community College

This scholarship was established in honor of Dr. John C. Kesler, former Ohio Regional Coordinator at Lakeland Community College, to provide one member of the Ohio Region the opportunity to attend the annual International Phi Theta Kappa Convention. The scholarship provides one registration fee and travel expenses totaling $500.00. One $500 scholarship will be awarded in 2020.

Applicant must have an advisor verify that the student will attend PTK Catalyst 2020 in Grapevine, TX.

Applicant’s essay to respond to the following prompt:
The essay can describe a person or event that has inspired you or someone else, and the impact that experience has had on your life
“What does leadership mean to you? In your mind, who is an effective leader? What embodies effective leadership?”

Established by Willie Lanier for one annual scholarship for ten students
2018 Recipient: Krystal Nash, Stark State College

This scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Dorothy C. Lanier, aunt of Willie Lanier of Richmond, Virginia to honor the inspiration, dedication, and love provided by his aunt not only him but to students pursuing their educational and personal dreams.

Mr. Lanier is a 1986 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee and former linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs. The scholarship is in the amount of $1,000. Mr. Lanier donated $10,000 for our region to award this annual scholarship through 2020.

Applicant’s essay to respond to the following prompt:
The quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., reflects Willie Lanier’s personal philosophy of success:
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Taking into consideration contemporary challenges and controversies, please write about a challenge or controversy for which you are or hope to be as a leader, and what you have already learned about leadership as a Phi Theta Kappan that will make you a more effective leader.”

Established 2015 (previously the “Leaders of Promise” Ohio Region Scholarship) Brought to you by Alpha of Ohio Alumni Association
2018 Recipient: Kevin Hull, Eastern Gateway Community College

Formerly known as the Ohio Region Leaders of Promise Scholarship, this scholarship was established by Alpha of Ohio Regional Alumni Association and modeled after the international headquarters Leaders of Promise Scholarship. It is to recognize outstanding members who have shown leadership within Phi Theta Kappa. One $500.00 scholarship will be awarded each year to help the recipient continue their community college studies and Commit to Complete.

Applicant must presently have a cumulative gpa of 3.5 or higher at the time of application. Applicant must have completed 36 semester/54 quarter hours or less of college level course work by February 1, 2020.

Applicant’s essay to respond to the following prompt:
“How has your Phi Theta Kappa experience enhanced your leadership skills and impacted your personal development? Discuss one Phi Theta Kappa event in which you played a significant role. If selected, what are your plans for this scholarship?”

established 2017 (previously the "Commit to Complete Scholarship")
Brought to you by Ohio Region License Plate Funds

Last awarded in 2017.

This scholarship recognizes outstanding Phi Theta Kappa members dedicated to scholarly studies. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded each year for the purpose of assisting the recipient to complete their collegiate studies to attain first associate degree or certificate.

The scholarship is named after Advisor Emeritus Cherie Barth, who retired from Stark State College in 2017. As a chapter advisor, she worked with alumnus and advisor David Sigmund to establish the Ohio Region License Plates we steward today.

Applicant must provide a signature of verification on the application from a registrar stating they are within 15 hours of graduation. Applicant must provide a signature of verification on the application from a financial aid director attesting to their status of financial need and/or hardship. Applicant must also provide a letter of recommendation attesting to their scholarship and leadership.

The applicant must write essays on BOTH of these questions:
1) Up to 1,000 words on “Why is it important for students to complete a degree/certificate?”
2) Up to 1,000 words on “Describe your experience in community college, including the unanticipated barrier(s) or recent financial hardship(s) that you have faced while pursuing a degree/certificate.”

Established in 2016 by members of the 2015-16 Ohio regional Officer team.
Brought to you in 2018 by former Ohio Region Officer

Last awarded in 2016 as no students applied for this scholarship in 2017 or 2018

The officers of the Ohio Region are more than aware that the pulse of greatness in our region comes from our general members. The Ohio Regional Officers Scholarship for Most Valuable Member will be awarded to one member of the Ohio Region who has demonstrated excellence in the spirit of Phi Theta Kappa. The scholarship amount is $250.00.

  • Inducted as a member of Phi Theta Kappa between March 2017 and December 31, 2018.
  • Members may not nominate themselves. Nominations must be written by the current chapter officer team and the scholarship application must be co-signed by a chapter advisor. Include the following components in a brief essay of not more than 500 words:
    • 1. Engagement during College and Hallmarks projects
    • 2. Presence at general meetings, Regional Conferences, International and/or Honors Institute
    • 3. Other areas of service: Bake Sales, Blood Drives, Clothing Drives, Food Banks, etc.
    • 4. Leadership development engagement (i.e. Committee Chair for Relay for Life)

6 Scholarships To Be Awarded
Established in 2017
Brought to you by Herzing University (4 Scholarships) and the 2017-18 Ohio Region Officer Team (2 Scholarships)

2018 Recipient: Vickie Parr, West Virginia Northern Community College

The Golden Opportunity Scholarship is Phi Theta Kappa’s first scholarship designed to increase access to the benefits of membership by helping students pay for membership when they simply cannot afford it. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa greatly increases student’s chances of reaching their educational goals and making their dreams a reality. With millions in scholarships and important opportunities to grow as scholars and leaders, students can’t afford not to accept membership.

This scholarship provides the international and regional membership fees ($65) for an eligible member of Phi Theta Kappa to join. Additionally, the Ohio Golden Opportunity Scholarship Recipients receive one free non-transferable registration to attend the Ohio Region Awards Convention, March 6-7, 2020 at Marion Technical College, Marion, Ohio.

Students who win a national Golden Opportunity Scholarship are not eligible for the scholarship at the regional level.

Students cannot be a member of Phi Theta Kappa to be eligible for this scholarship, but must be eligible for membership and appropriately uploaded to headquarters by their advisor.

Applicant’s essay to respond to the following prompt:
What would this Golden Opportunity (both joining Phi Theta Kappa and engaging in the March Hallmark Convention) mean to you?