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ONU to participate in Choose Ohio First scholarship

Oct 21, 2011

Ohio Northern University has been chosen to participate in the prestigious Choose Ohio First Programs of Innovation scholarship initiative offered by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Choose Ohio First scholarships are multi-year renewable scholarships that vary in amounts from $1,500 to $4,700 annually. (The amount is based on a student’s full- or part-time status.) At Ohio Northern, the scholarships are awarded to promising undergraduates who pursue majors in science, technology, engineering or mathematics with the goal of becoming teachers. The award amount is to be announced in January.        

ONU is one of the first universities in the nation to offer teacher education programs in all of the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Ohio Northern’s teacher education programs have the potential to lead the way in graduating educators who are well prepared in their STEM major and the pedagogy related to teaching in the field of interest.

“This a great opportunity for ONU students to receive assistance in pursuing a career in one of the STEM teaching fields,” said Tena Roepke, associate professor of mathematics and director of teacher education at ONU. “We are fortunate to be selected for the Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program, and it should bolster the already excellent program we offer at ONU.”

Additionally, Ohio Northern’s T.J. Smull College of Engineering offers a major in engineering education, which prepares graduates to teach secondary mathematics with a specialized engineering focus. This four-year degree program is the first of its kind in Ohio and one of the first in the nation. The program directly addresses the need to develop a new generation of high school students who can contribute to solving our nation’s challenges through engineering and innovation.

“ONU’s engineering education program is a new and unique teacher preparation program, and the scholarship support through Choose Ohio First will help motivate those who are considering a career in both engineering and education to pursue this degree program,” said Eric Baumgartner, dean of the College of Engineering.

Only students who indicate an interest in following a program of study in ONU’s Center for Teacher Education with a major in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, technology, engineering education or middle childhood education with mathematics or science concentrations will be considered for a Choose Ohio First Scholarship. In addition, applicants must be residents of the state of Ohio or a graduate of an Ohio high school. Potential recipients must have an overall cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or above (or the equivalent) and/or an ACT composite score of 23 or higher.

For programmatic information on ONU’s Choose Ohio First STEM education programs, contact Roepke at or 419-772-2129.

For scholarship information on the Choose Ohio First STEM education program, contact Melanie Weaver, ONU’s director of financial aid, at or 419-772-2271.