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Zane State College Foundation Scholarships

All students, regardless of age, can apply for more than 100 Foundation scholarships which are awarded based on a variety of eligibility factors. The deadline for the first round of Foundation scholarships is May 1.

The awarding process is competitive. Meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee a student will receive a scholarship. The best way to improve your candidacy is to submit all required materials as early as possible.

Award Amounts: Foundation awards vary from student to student and range from $250 per semester to full tuition. The award amount is based on a multitude of factors including GPA, program, volunteer experience, and financial need.

Notification: Once all documents are received, students will be notified of eligibility and asked to sign a scholarship agreement.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When are scholarships awarded? Award letters are typically mailed to students in July for the upcoming academic year.

How much is awarded in scholarships each year? Approximately $350,000 is awarded to ZSC students on an annual basis.

How do I reach the Foundation Office? Please call 740.588.1206 or email

Donor Thank You Letters:

All students who receive a scholarship will be required to write a thank you letter to the donor(s) of the scholarship. Recipients receive a Scholarship Notification to their College email account from the Foundation Office. This notification will contain the name of the donor(s) and instructions for writing the thank you letter.

Why are thank you letters required? Scholarships available at ZSC are made possible by generous contributions from donors who believe in the importance of your college education and want to invest in your future and the future of other ZSC students. By writing a thank you letter, you demonstrate that you are the kind of student that is grateful of their support. Hearing from scholarship recipients is also very meaningful to donors. It offers them a glimpse of how the gift has made a difference in your life and alleviates the financial pressure to accomplish your educational goals. Your words remind donors of the impact of their scholarship gift. Many of them continue to give additional financial resources due to the impact their gifts have on you and your fellow students.

What are some tips or suggestions for writing a thank you letter?

  • Thank the donor for his or her generosity in providing this scholarship. Tell the donor how this scholarship has made a difference in your education.
  • Tell the donor a little about yourself. Where are you from? What's your family background? What high school did you attend and what activities were you involved in there? Why did you choose to attend ZSC? What are you majoring in and why?
  • Tell the donor about your goals and future plans after completing your education. What do you hope to do after graduation? What is your long-term career ambition(s)?
  • Pay careful attention to the grammar, spelling, and organization of your letter. A well-written letter reflects favorably on you, the scholarship committee who selected you, and on ZSC as a whole. Please ask your advisor to review the letter prior to submission.
  • Click here for an example of a well-written thank you letter. Thank You Letter Example

What are the requirements for writing a thank you letter?

  • Your letter must be typed.
  • If you receive multiple scholarships, you must submit an individual thank you letter for each award you received. The Foundation Office will provide this information.
  • To receive your scholarship funds, you must submit your thank you letter(s) by the date indicated on your Scholarship Notification Letter. Failure to submit your letter by the deadline on that letter may result in your scholarship award being rescinded.
  • Letters may be hand delivered to the ZSC Foundation located on the Zanesville campus in College Hall Room 112 or mailed to Zane State College Foundation, 1555 Newark Road, Zanesville, OH 43701.

Scholar-Donor Breakfast

  • At the beginning of each academic year, scholarship awardees will be required to attend the Scholar-Donor Breakfast.
  • This event allows the Foundation Board of Directors, the scholarship awardees, and College faculty and staff to formally thank the donors for their investment in the educational resources of students such as yourself.
  • This event allows the full Zane State College community to interact and recognize the accomplishments of the scholarship awardees.
  • The details regarding this event will be communicated in your Scholarship Notification.
  • Failure to attend this event may result in your scholarship award being rescinded.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding meeting this obligation, please contact the Scholarship Office at 740.588.1206 or e-mail us at

Click here to view the list of Foundation scholarships.

Click here to learn more about the Zane State College Foundation.

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Academic Award Scholarships

The Academic Award program provides scholarships for up to five consecutive semesters for qualified students based on your high school GPA and composite ACT scores. Awarded in half tuition and full tuition amounts, this scholarship can be used in addition to other grants and scholarships. This scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors.

Award Amounts: The total award amount will be based on a combination of cumulative high school GPA and composite ACT scores. Please see the following index to determine your award eligibility:


Notification: Once all documents are received, students will be notified of eligibility and asked to sign a scholarship agreement. Deadline to complete the scholarship agreement is two weeks prior to the start of the term. Students have up to one year after high school graduation to begin the scholarship.

Maintaining the Scholarship:

  • Students must enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per term, except summer term. Students may choose not to enroll for summer, but it still counts as a term of eligibility.
  • The scholarship expires 5 consecutive semesters after the first semester of enrollment.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be sustained.

*Failure to meet any of the maintenance requirements will result in the loss of the academic award.