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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. Or, you can schedule an appointment with a writing tutor. Click HERE to set up a face-to-face appointment at the TLC in the lower level of the library on the Dayton campus. Click HERE to set up a virtual appointment via Zoom. When you book the appointment, type “scholarship” when you are asked for the course title.

Contact for any scholarship questions.

NEW: Scholarship Workshops will be offered in June for Fall 2022 scholarships with the Sinclair Writing Lab! Sign in at Sinclair’s Welcome Center at Building 10, First Floor.

Day Time 
Monday, June 6th 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 30th  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (noon)

If you are not available to attend in person, email or click “Scholarship Essay Worksheet” to the left-hand side of this webpage for help with your scholarship essay. Click the “Apply Online to Scholarships” button or Sinclair bell tower in June to apply for Fall 2022 scholarships.

Apply Online to Scholarships

Sinclair Scholarship Information

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External Scholarship Information

Click the video to learn about external (non-Sinclair) scholarships from outside  organizations! View Transcriptions.


Choose Ohio First Scholarship for STEMM Students

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program is part of the State of Ohio’s strategic effort to strengthen 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) field in Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 semester. This includes CCP and Tech Prep students who completed credits while in high school. To apply, complete the online application HEREDEADLINE: FIRST DAY OF FALL SEMESTER (August 22, 2022). Check your email inbox 2-4 weeks after applying for updates.

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 semester. 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. To apply, complete the online application HERE. DEADLINE: FIRST DAY OF FALL SEMESTER (August 22, 2022). 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. Students complete one General Application to be automatically considered for the scholarships for which they qualify. Applications for Spring 2022 high school graduates are closed. High school seniors graduating in 2023 will be able to apply by clicking “Apply Online to Scholarships” starting December 1, 2022.

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. 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, 2022 high school graduates must register at Sinclair no later than Fall 2022 semester. Don’t wait—registration is open now at!

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 2022:

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 Scholarshipapplies 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 Freeto 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

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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.