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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 2021-2022 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.

Contact for any scholarship questions.

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Outside Scholarship – Dayton Workforce Partnerships for STEM, Medical, and Design Students

Sinclair’s outside partner called Dayton Workforce Partnerships has a $1,000 scholarship available for students in select STEM, Medical, and Design majors with a minimum 2.5 GPA attending Sinclair in Fall 2022. Students must have completed half of the credit hours required for their Associate Degree. List of qualified majors included on that website. To apply for the scholarship visit the Dayton Workforce Partnership website and application closes on March 11, 2022. 

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. Spring 2022 high school graduates must click the “Apply Online to Scholarships” button and complete a General Application between December 1, 2021 and February 25, 2022 at midnight EST to apply.

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 2022 or Fall 2022 semester. CCP and Tech Prep students, as well as current Sinclair students that newly declare an eligible STEMM program of study, will be considered. Applications are now closed, but will open again in Spring 2022.

Choose Ohio First Scholarship for New Computer Science and IT Majors

The State of Ohio approved Sinclair to award the Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program specifically for Computer Science and Information Technology majors. Funds are for students beginning a qualified Computer Science or IT program in Summer 2022 or Fall 2022. Former CCP and Tech Prep students, as well as current Sinclair students that newly declare an eligible CS or IT program of study, are encouraged to apply. Applications are now closed, but will open again in Summer 2022 with a link that will be included within this paragraph.

COVID-19 Relief Funds Available for Summer and Fall 2021

If you have immediate needs due to the pandemic, apply for Emergency Grant funds through the Ombudsman Office. Check your email inbox for updates.

College Credit Plus Free to Finish Scholarship

Sinclair Community College offers a College Credit Plus Free to Finish Scholarship for CCP participants who complete at least 24 credit hours while in CCP with a minimum 2.5 GPA by the end of their last semester of high school. After high school graduation, the scholarship is awarded for Fall and Spring semesters and covers all tuition and fees 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:  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.

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.