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University awarded $1.2 million for Choose Ohio First scholarships

The University of Dayton was awarded nearly $1.2 million for Choose Ohio First scholarships to recruit and graduate students studying the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and health science fields.

"The University of Dayton has been an important part of the Choose Ohio First program's success over the years, and I'm glad to know the University of Dayton will continue its efforts to help students succeed with this latest round of funding," said Chancellor Randy Gardner.

According to the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Choose Ohio First scholarship is designed to strengthen Ohio’s competitiveness in STEM disciplines and increase the number of STEM teachers. In addition to scholarships, participating universities and colleges provide work-based learning experiences to students desiring a certificate, associate degree, baccalaureate degree or graduate degree in eligible STEM fields, or to students who want to become STEM teachers.

Since 2019, the University has received nearly $7.5 million for Choose Ohio First scholarships.

"Students in 25 UD programs have the opportunity to benefit from Choose Ohio First scholarships. So far, we have been able to help nearly 230 students achieve their academic goals because of Choose Ohio First, and we look forward to helping more," said Darlene Weaver, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs. “Students have shared with us how Choose Ohio First scholarships allow them to focus more on their studies and career goals rather than having to worry about working more hours to afford school."

For more information about the Choose Ohio First program for Ohio residents studying at the University of Dayton, contact Catherine Mix, associate vice president for strategic enrollment management and director of financial aid, at 937-229-4311.

Click here for more information on the state's Choose Ohio First program.

For interviews at the University of Dayton, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at 937-229-3391 or For interviews with the state of Ohio, contact Jeff Robinson, director of communications with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, at 614-752-9487 or


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