Choose Ohio First Scholarship in CS and SE

Supporting underrepresented groups through scholarship, advising and mentorship...


While careers in Computer Science (CS) and Software Engineering (SE) have been growing rapidly (e.g., 24% increase in software developer positions by 2026; more jobs open than applicants who can fill them), only a small percentage of CS/SE bachelor's degrees in the United States are earned by underrepresented groups. For example, women earn only 18% of CS bachelor's degrees in the US.

The BGSU Computer Science department has been awarded Choose Ohio First Scholarship funding ($1.14 Million) from the State of Ohio and the Department of Higher Education (ODHE) to recruit high-achieving, underrepresented students and provide them with unique educational and advising experiences for their academic and career success.


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BGSU CS/SE COF program benefits provided through the scholarship program:

  • BGSU’s Academic Investment in Math and Science (AIMS) program experience
    • Includes educationally intentional orientation program (prior to the start of school year), monthly peer-group meetings with cohorts, and Junior-year post-graduation planning workshop. 
  • Advising and workshop sessions
    • One 1:1 advising session with the Director/Coordinator of AIMS each semester of enrollment.
    • One group workshop with CS Chair and/or Undergraduate Coordinator per year for academic and career preparation.
  • Workforce engagement experience
    • Engaging with an industry mentor at least once a year for advice meeting.
    • Attending at least one IT guest speaker series, typically organized by the CS student organizations, per year.
  • Co-op/Internship in the computer science/software engineering experience
    • Includes CS 2900 Co-op/Career preparation course and CS 3900 Internships in Computer Science.

* Minimum qualifications for the COF scholarships are:

  • Must be a Ohio resident and either female or underrepresented (e.g., Hispanic/Latino, Native American, African-American) student
  • Must be a new undergraduate student who is enrolling as degree seeking in Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BS in CS) or Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering (BS in SE) at BGSU
  • Must have at least 22 in ACT MATH, 24 in ACT composite, (or 550 in SAT MATH, 1150 in SAT Total) and a high school GPA of 3.4.

* Among students who meet the minimum qualification, preferences may be given to students with higher academic records, and/or students pursuing CS's Digital Forensics specialization. Internal transfer students meeting the minimum qualification with a college-level GPA of 3.0 or higher may also be considered for the scholarship. The scholarship may be renewable: one must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to be renewed.

Any questions about this BGSU CS/SE COF scholarship opportunity can be directed to the Project Lead, Dr. JK Jake Lee, at leej@bgsu.edu