Online Scholarship Application and Renewal Information

The application period for the 2023-2024 academic year will begin
 January 1, 2023 with a deadline of May 31, 2023.

CSF will not consider any new applications after May 31, 2023.

The scholarships administered by the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation are for students residing in the Greater Cincinnati Area pursuing their undergraduate degree. 


Even though CSF administers over a hundred different scholarships, you only have to complete one general application. Once your application is “complete”, the CSF Selection Committee will determine which scholarship(s) you may be eligible to receive.

To begin the application process, you must create an account on CSF website’s “Apply for a Scholarship” page. You will be prompted to create a unique username and password.  Once that is submitted, you will receive an email confirming your account.  Be sure to check your spam/junk e-mail folder if you do not see the email in your inbox.


Once you receive your confirmation email, go to the CSF website where you will see the “Sign In” button in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage. Click this to sign into your account.  You will be taken to the “My Application” page where you can begin the application process by clicking on “Start Application” button. 

You may save and close your application if you want to finish it later or you may finish and submit it.  Required fields are just that, required.  As you progress through the application, if you don’t fill in a required field, a pink bar will appear at the top of your application reminding you which required field is empty.  Once you submit the application, it becomes a read only document and you may not edit it.  If you need to make changes to your information after the application is submitted, please contact our office and we will make the change(s) for you.


Even though you have submitted your application, it is not complete until you have uploaded the required supporting documents, which are:

  • Your high school or college transcript up to the first semester of the current academic year;
  • Your resume;
  • Your minimum 500-word essay with the topic “How a Scholarship Would Help Me to Achieve My Goals”;
  • Your Student Aid Report (SAR);
  • Your Financial Aid Notification (lists all the financial aid you've been offered, including loans) from the college or university you’re planning to attend.

Here are some tips to ensure that your application is considered:

  • DO NOT CHECK THE RENEWAL STUDENT BOX if you are completing a new application. Doing so will cause your application to be ineligible.
  • Do not use all lower case or all upper case when filling in the fields.  Begin your first and last names with upper case first letters.
  • Unless you live in a condo or an apartment, leave address 2 empty. 
  • Do not use your high school email address.  That will expire when you graduate, and we will not be able to email important messages to you.
  • All uploaded documents must be in a Microsoft Word or PDF file format.  CSF does not accept Google Documents or Apples Pages.   Do not upload screenshots or camera photos of your documents.
  • Save each uploaded document with names that identify what they are (SAR.pdf, transcript.pdf, etc.). Unnamed documents/files will be deleted from your application.  
  • Do not upload unnecessary documents that are not one of the required documents, such as tax returns.    


No application will be reviewed until it is “complete” (please see above). If there is a valid reason a required document is not available by the deadline, it is your responsibility to contact CSF by e-mail BEFORE MAY 31st and explain your circumstance. Otherwise, your application becomes ineligible.

Most scholarships are renewable and have specific eligibility criteria. Scholarship recipients awarded renewable scholarships must continue meet the eligibility the criteria of their scholarships to be renewed. Therefore, recipients renewing their scholarships must re-apply each year and submit the necessary documentation, proving their continued eligibility by the May 31st deadline.

All information that you share with CSF is confidential and is only discussed on a “need-to-know” basis

You will be notified only if you are awarded. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding!


Questions? Send an email to or call (513) 345-6701.