College Now has two types of scholarships: Traditional scholarships, for high school students served in schools by College Now advisors enrolling in college for the first time, and Adult Learner scholarships, for students age 19 and older who have discontinued their studies for more than one year and are interested in pursuing a first associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or trade certificate.
College Now raises scholarship dollars from a variety of funders that are directed either to Traditional or Adult Learner scholarships, based on the donor’s request. College Now staff then matches students to all of the scholarships for which they could be eligible, and individual selections for scholarships awarded are made based on the goal of selecting as many qualified students as possible. To ensure that we can fund as many students as possible, selected students receive one College Now scholarship out of the ones for which they qualified.
College Now offsets the high cost of college tuition by awarding renewable, need-based scholarships to students across Northeast Ohio. Over the last few years, College Now’s scholarship recipients have experienced declining income and resources while postsecondary costs have risen, leaving a wide gap.
College Now seeks to fill the gap:
- College Now awards $3 million in scholarships every year
- 1,400 students and adult learners receive a College Now scholarship each year
- Our scholarships are renewable, should students continue to meet grade and enrollment requirements
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High School Seniors
In order to apply for the College Now Traditional Scholarship, students must:
-Attend a College Now-served high school
-Be recommended by their College Now advisor
-Have a cumulative weighted GPA of at least a 2.5
-Have a minimum ACT composite score of 18 or combined verbal and math SAT score of 960
-File the 2022-2023 FAFSA
-Qualify for the Federal Pell Grant
-Show ambition by being responsive to their College Now advisor and turning in required documents by the deadline.
The application can be accessed at the button below. Talk to your advisor for more information and to submit your documents.
Already a College Now Scholarship recipient? Click below to access your renewal paperwork.
College Now offers two scholarship opportunities to adult students age 19 and above who have taken off one year or more after high school. Eligible adult learners are Pell-eligible and must be pursuing a first bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree or a non-degree certificate or license in a vocational or technical program.
Applicants must complete the application and meet the scholarship criteria for academic performance and financial need. Scholarships are renewable.
Adults from Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull or Wayne County may apply. Students taking only online classes at a school outside of these counties are also eligible to apply.
College Now Adult Learner Scholarship
Application deadline: April 30, 2023
College Club of Cleveland Foundation Scholarship
Application deadline: April 1, 2023
In addition, College Now manages scholarship programs for outside organizations and corporations to make scholarship administration easier and more affordable.
2023/2024 Cleveland Foundation Scholarships
The Cleveland Foundation, in partnership with College Now Greater Cleveland, offers over 60 scholarships to students from Greater Cleveland, Northeast Ohio, and beyond. These scholarships vary in criteria and scope, and there is something for nearly everyone. By completing just one application, students can be considered for dozens of scholarships. More information about eligibility and requirements can be found here. General application deadline is March 15, 2023.
2023/2024 College Club of Cleveland Foundation Scholarship Fund
Founded in 1898, The College Club of Cleveland was established to promote the social, philanthropic, and literary interest of Cleveland’s college educated women. Since 1990, the College Club Foundation has awarded over 120 scholarships to male and female students in Northeast Ohio. The College Club of Cleveland Foundation (CCCF) Scholarship fund was created with a grant from the College Club of Cleveland Foundation Fund of the Cleveland Foundation. This scholarship can only be used for tuition. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for the Adult Learner Scholarship to be eligible for this scholarship. Application deadline: April 1, 2023.
2023/2024 Ratner, Miller, Shafran Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship was created to assist students who have maintained a good scholastic record and have financial need who want to continue their postsecondary education. Application deadline: May 7, 2023.
2023/2024 Jane Edna Hunter Scholarship
The Jane Edna Hunter Scholarship has been established to provide need-based financial assistance for full-time undergraduate women under the age of 30, who are residents of Ohio or South Carolina. Application deadline: April 28, 2023.
2022/2023 Cleveland Browns Foundation Marion Motley Scholarship
The Cleveland Browns Foundation Marion Motley Scholarship Program is an exciting opportunity for a motivated student whose long-term career goal could include working in education or for a professional sports organization in any of a variety of capacities. The Cleveland Browns Foundation and College Now annually seek two deserving students who are on track to graduate from high school in 2022 to receive a four-year, renewable scholarship in the amount of $2,500 per year. Applications are currently closed.
2023/2024 Marcia LaRiche Scholarship
The Marcia LaRiche Scholarship was established to assist dependent children of parents who have been diagnosed with Amyotrphic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and who live in Northeast Ohio. Application deadline: May 1, 2023.
College Now works with organizations to customize programs that best suit their needs, including scholarships for employees’ dependents or students participating in the corporations’ cooperative program. For more information, please contact Robert Durham, at [email protected] or call 216.635.0450.
Paying for college is a challenge that many students face. In addition to the scholarships offered by College Now, there are many outside scholarships available to help offset the rising costs of college. We have compiled a database of many of these scholarships to make it easier for students to identify opportunities available to them. These scholarships have been researched and vetted by our scholarship team to help discern their value and legitimacy.
Please click the button below to begin your search.
To give you an idea of the breadth and depth of our scholarship support, below are the donors who currently fund Traditional and Adult Learner scholarships at College Now.