Choose Ohio First

Program to award over $2.5 million in scholarships to future nursing leaders.

COLUMBUS, OH…Mount Carmel College of Nursing is excited to announce that they have been awarded over $1.25 million in funding by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of the department’s Choose Ohio First program. That funding will be matched through the generosity of the Mount Carmel Foundation bringing the total awarded dollars to $2.5 million.

President of Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Dr. Kathleen Williamson shares, “We are honored to be receiving this funding to further our mission of educating professional compassionate nursing leaders who promote health within their greater communities. This funding will allow Mount Carmel College of Nursing to continue to offer our innovative and excellent nursing programs at an affordable cost.”

According to the Ohio Department of Higher Education, “Choose Ohio First is an initiative promoted and administered by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to bolster support for the next generation of Ohio STEM scholars and industry leaders.”

To be eligible for funding, students must be:

  • Undergraduates must be an Ohio resident and a first-time degree-seeking student in a STEM field OR an Ohio resident currently enrolled in a non-STEM program who decides to transfer into a STEM program (This includes Bachelor’s degree in Nursing).
  • Graduate students must be Ohio residents and are eligible regardless of where undergraduate studies were completed.
  • Students must major in one of the school’s eligible Choose Ohio First programs of study.
  • Students seeking a certificate in an eligible program must be Ohio residents.

Mount Carmel College of Nursing looks to begin awarding this funding for students enrolling in the upcoming fall 2022 semester. The ODHE Choose Ohio First fund supports over 6,000 students statewide at over 50 colleges and universities.

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scholarship money awarded from the Mount Carmel Foundation in 2023


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