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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 2022-2023 are:

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

Interested applicants should complete a 2022-2023 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.

In-Demand Jobs Scholarship

Until June 2023, we’ll be accepting applications for an exciting new scholarship for students pursuing a major in a strategic, in-demand job field! This In-Demand Jobs Scholarship covers tuition and fees after Pell Grant/other scholarships for each semester of your program until you graduate. Students must register in at least 6 credit hours per semester to qualify. Also, be sure to file your 2023-24 FAFSA at Funds are for students beginning a qualified Education or STEMM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, Manufacturing, Medical) in Fall 2023 Semester.

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Sinclair Scholarship Information

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External Scholarship Information

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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 first-year students beginning a qualified STEMM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, Manufacturing, and Health Sciences), Computer Science/IT (Information Technology), or other Work-Based Learning field in Fall 2023 semester. This includes College Credit Plus (CCP) and Tech Prep students who completed credits while in high school. Applications will be available to complete online beginning on January 17th, 2023. Check back for a live link to apply on that date.  The deadline will for applications will be the FIRST DAY OF FALL SEMESTER (August 21, 2023) or when funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

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 high school graduation. The scholarship 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. No additional application is required!

To receive the scholarship, students must register at Sinclair by the Fall semester after high school graduation. Don’t wait—registration is open now at! NOTE: This scholarship is NOT offered in Summer semesters. It is awarded in Fall and Spring only.

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 Sinclair Regional Scholarship

$750 Tech Prep Scholarship

Eligible for CCP Free to Finish Scholarship

$1,000 Sinclair Regional Scholarship applies first

$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

$500 Tech Prep Scholarship applies next

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 remaining balance due for TechPrep 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

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.