Regional Scholarships

Scholarship Application

Ohio Scholarships Deadline

Friday, February 16, 2018 by 6pm EST

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

Links to Scholarship Information

Scholarship Rubric

Scholarship Guidelines

Ohio Scholarship FAQ

2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients

How to Support the Ohio Region Scholarships

Dear Ohio Region Members,

It is my privilege to invite you to apply for the 2018 Ohio Region Scholarships. This is one of three documents that you need to apply for our annual scholarships. This 2018 Ohio Region Scholarship Guide includes information about applying for all of the Ohio Region’s 2018 Scholarships. If you did not receive the other two documents with this one, visit and click “scholarships” for a copy of this guide, the 2018 Ohio Scholarship Application Form and 2018 Ohio Region Scholarships Rubric.

New this year are clarifications about the scholarship guidelines (see page 2)

Although 2017 brought a record number of total applicants, three scholarships were not awarded due to zero applicants. Remember to promote these scholarships to first year students, students who are members (not chapter officers), and students seeking to attend Honors Institute. Also keep in mind eligible students who cannot afford membership dues for our new Ohio Golden Opportunity Scholarship!

Finally, many thanks to literally the hundreds of people who helped contribute to our 2018 scholarships in some way: through purchasing an Ohio Region license plate, donating a portion of a regional officer stipend, attending the Alpha alumni dinner in Marietta,purchasing a marketplace item from Alpha, sending a check to headquarters, or helping review the scholarship applications.Gratitude to key donors Mr. Willie Lanier, Herzing University, and anonymous donors who have been past and present leaders of our region. Special thanks to Alpha of Ohio for extraordinary fundraising and efforts under the leadership of president Brandon Cornute and advisor Marcia Romoser.

Let the Ohio Scholarship season officially begin! I look forward to processing your applications - don’t hesitate to let me know if you have questions about your applications.

Julie Cohara
Ohio Region Coordinator


The 2018 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 (2) $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 (7) National & Regional Membership Fee waived plus free March Convention Registration

Brought to you by Alpha of Ohio Alumni Assocation
2017 Recipient: Dilafruz Samadova, Terra 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 his/her 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
No entries have been submitted since 2015

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 her/his 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 2018 Ohio Honors In Action Conference (HIA) in July or August and pre-conference planning meetings on google chat prior to HIA.

Applicant must have an advisor verify that the student will attend Honors Institute 2018in Pennsylvania and the Ohio Honors In Action Conference 2018 in July or August (TBD) 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
2017 Recipient: Bruce Hyde, Cuyahoga Community College - West Campus

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. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded in 2018.

Applicant must have an advisor verify that the student will attend PTK Catalyst 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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 OR “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
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 2019.

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 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 a leader, and what you have already learned about leadership as a Phi Thea 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
No eligible applicants have applied for this scholarship

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, 2018.

Applicant's essay to respond to the following prompt: Hows 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

2017 Commit to Complete Recipient: Jesseca Doherty, Sinclair Community College

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 his/her collegiate studies to attain first associate degree or certificate.

This scholarship is named after Advisor Emeritus Cherie Barth, who retired from Stark State College in 2017. As a chapter advisor Dave 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 barriers(s) or recent financial hardship(s) that you have faced while pursuing a decree/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

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 the Phi Theta Kappa between March 2017 and December 31, 2017.
  • Members may not nominate themselves. Nominations must be written by the current chapter officer team and the scholarship application must be co-signed by the chapter advisor. Inclue the following components in a brief assay of not more than 500 words:
    • 1. Engagement during College and Hallmarks project
    • 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)

This scholarship will be selected by the 2017-2018 District Representatives, Regional President, and Regional Coordinator based upon the 2018 scholarship rubric.

7 Scholarships To Be Awarded
Established in 2017
Brought to you by Herzing University (5 Scholarships) and the 2017-18 Ohio Region Officer Team (2 Scholarships)

The Golden Opportunity Scholarship is Phi Thea 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 Hallmark Convention this March 23-24, 2018 at West Virginia Northern Community College-Wheeling Campus.

Students who wins a national Golden Opportunity Scholarship are disqualified. However, who did not win the Golden Opportunity Scholarship may apply for the Ohio Golden Opportunity Scholarship.

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:br /> What would this Golden Opportunity (both joining Phi Theta Kappa and engaging in the March Hallmark Convention) mean to you?