One of the Foundation’s most vital activities is the stewardship of scholarships for Central State University students. Students face many financial obstacles and, oftentimes, traditional forms of aid offered through the Office of Financial Aid are not adequate to meet students’ needs. Thus, the Foundation has developed a way augmenting support to Central State University students to ease this financial burden. The Foundation offers endowed and need-based scholarships through the generosity of community donors who recognize the need to support educational opportunity.
Please note, although we strive to maintain current and correct information for each scholarship, donors may change details at any time.
CSU Foundation Need-Based Scholarship
A need-based program for attending Central State University.
Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a CSU student for tuition purposes.
- Be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours
- Demonstrate a certain level of financial need based on calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Meet requirements for the Federal Pell Grant (except the EFC range restrictions)
The value per grant will vary according to information generated from FAFSA.
Fall Scholarship Opportunities
Robert A. Carter ’60 Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Robert Carter’s loving wife, Ann Carter, established the Robert A. Carter ’60 Endowed Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of her husband. Alumnus Carter was an active member in class activities and a consistent donor to the Alma Mater. The Fund provides need-based scholarships to students.
Dr. Frank S. Black and Dr. Donald F. Black Endowed Teacher Education Scholarship Fund
Alumnus Dr. Frank S. Black and his twin brother Dr. Donald F. Black spent their careers as educators impacting thousands of students. The Dr. Frank S. Black and Dr. Donald F. Black Endowed Teacher Education Scholarship Fund is a named endowment fund for teacher education. Scholarships are to encourage more black male students to consider elementary education as a plausible career option.
Lawrence and Judith Dawson Scholarship Program
The Lawrence and Judith Dawson Scholarship Program is committed to bringing exceptional students to Central State University. The program is a four-year, merit-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors with high academic and leadership potential. Students must have a 3.2 academic grade point average and demonstrated evidence of high school involvement and community service.
Tom Joyner Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Tom Joyner Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund is a named fund established to express tangible appreciation for the many contributions radio personality, philanthropist, and educational activist Tom Joyner has made to Central State University. The Fund provides scholarships to incoming students to Central State University who have a demonstrated financial need.
Dr. James Elam ’54 Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Dr. James Elam ’54 Endowed Scholarship Fund, established by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, is a memorial endowment to honor the memory of Dr. James Elam. The fund provides scholarships to students who exemplify the Omega Psi Phi cardinal principals of scholarship, manhood (sisterhood), and uplift.
The Larry Thomas and Dr. Ronald Thomas Endowment Fund
The Larry Thomas and Dr. Ronald Thomas Endowment Fund is a named fund to honor the philanthropic works of the Thomas brothers. The purpose of this endowment is to award scholarships to freshman students interested in majoring in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies, or Social Work in the College of Education and Social Work.
Dr. Jerry Cummings Endowed Scholarship Fund – Louise and Maggie Cummings Scholarship Fund
Dr. Jerry Cummings established the Dr. Jerry Cummings Endowed Scholarship Fund and Louise and Maggie Cummings Scholarship Fund to honor the esteemed Cummings family name and legacy at the Alma Mater. Both funds provide scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in education.