Our Scholarships

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.


Apply for a College Now Scholarship

Click Below for More Information & Eligibility Requirements

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.

Apply for Your Scholarship

Already a College Now Scholarship recipient? Click below to access your renewal paperwork.

Renew Your Scholarship

Adult Learners

New opportunity for Spring 2023 semester funding!

College Now provides 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 for Spring 2023 semester funding must complete the application and meet the scholarship criteria for academic performance and financial need.

Adults from Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull or Wayne County may apply for the College Now Adult Learner Scholarship.

Applications for Spring 2023 semester funding due November 1, 2022.

Apply for Your Scholarship

Managed Scholarships

In addition, College Now manages scholarship programs for outside organizations and corporations to make scholarship administration easier and more affordable.

For Business

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.

For Students


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. Applications coming December 2022!

2022/2023 College Now Greater Cleveland Manufacturing Scholarship

College Now provides scholarship opportunities to graduating high school seniors and adult students who are interested in a training program, specifically in the field of manufacturing with the result leading to a license/certification or degree. Applications currently closed. Contact Stephanie at [email protected] with questions. 


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 coming December 2022!

2023/2024 Jane Edna 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 coming December 2022!

2023/2024 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 currently closed. 

College Now Scholarships


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

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. 

Search for Outside Scholarships


Scholarship Funders

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.