It is the mission of the Believe in Ohio program to:
1) create a culture of innovation in Ohio high schools,
2) create a pathway between Ohio’s high schools and Ohio’s colleges and universities,
3) provide higher education scholarships to encourage Ohio students to remain in Ohio.
Believe in Ohio Statewide STEM Scholarship Program
All Ohio high school students, who are juniors or seniors during the 2020-2021 school year, and who meet the qualifications noted on the scholarship application, are invited to apply for a $1,000 Believe in Ohio STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Scholarship.
The purpose of this scholarship program is to recognize students throughout Ohio for their contributions to STEM Innovation and Entrepreneurship. To ensure that students from all parts of Ohio receive recognition, at least one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded in each of Ohio’s ninety-nine State House of Representative districts, and thirty-three Ohio State Senate districts.
Believe in Ohio Regional and State STEM Plan Competitions and Scholarship Program
Believe in Ohio is a student entrepreneurship program to develop Ohio’s next generation of STEM innovators. Throughout the school year, high school students compete to earn cash awards in local high school STEM Commercialization Plan and STEM Business Plan Competitions. The highest rated plans in the local high school competitions may compete in Regional Plan Competitions.
The one hundred highest scoring regionally judged plans, with representation from each region of the state, will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to any Ohio college or university, or post-secondary career center or vocational school, and will also be entered into the Believe in Ohio State STEM Commercialization Plan and STEM Business Plan Competition, at which hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional scholarships will be awards.
Note: The Ohio Academy of Science will retain scholarship funds for future distribution for those not needing the money in the year of their award. If the student does not attend an Ohio college or university, post-secondary career center or vocational school, and instead enrolls in an out-of-state institution, any scholarship that they may have earned will be forfeited. Scholarships will only be paid for attending any public or private Ohio college or university, post-secondary career center or vocational school.