Believe in Ohio Statewide STEM Scholarship

$1,000–$2,500Award Amount
4Number of Awards
6/1/2023Submission Deadline

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Believe in Ohio program is a comprehensive, curriculum-based, free, STEM and entrepreneurship program. It was established to create a “Culture of Innovation” in Ohio high schools and encourage Ohio students to stay in Ohio. The program achieves this goal by providing college scholarships to high school students, focusing on the practical application of STEM and the cultivation of critical thinking skills and entrepreneurial mindsets.

The high school competition and scholarship program have three levels. The first level is the local high school competitions to create either a STEM Business Plan or a STEM Commercialization Plan which will be judged by local judges recruited by participating high school teachers. The best plans from all local high schools across a region in the state will progress to the second level, where the best plans from each region will be judged by members of the Ohio Academy of Science.

The regional competition takes place twice a year. The best plans from the regional competition will then enter the statewide competition, the final level, where plans with the highest scores statewide will be judged by academy judges, and students will be awarded scholarships.

Key Information of Believe in Ohio Statewide STEM Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study

  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology

Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools


Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

  • Undergraduate
  • Vocational/Technical School

Award Amount


Number of Awards


Believe in Ohio Statewide STEM Scholarship Timeline

February 2023

First Qualifying Competition

The first qualifying regional competition will be held in February.

June 2023

Second Regional Competition

The second regional competition to qualify for the statewide competition will be held in early June.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: High School Freshman – High School Senior
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Ohio, United States
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Special Project
  • Video Submission

How to ace the Believe in Ohio Statewide STEM Scholarship


Start early

Start working on your STEM commercialization or business plan as early as you can. As soon as your teacher announces the local high school competition, begin to work on your plan. The earlier you start, the more time you have to work on it.


Visit the website for resources

The BIO website has a lot of videos, plan templates, printable worksheets, and more resources that could help you work on your plan. Make the most of the information to create a great plan.


Brainstorm new ideas

Try to come up with radical new ideas instead of doing the same thing as everyone else. Work with a mentor outside of school to come up with a unique idea for your business or commercialization plan.


Study the judging rubrics

Study the judging rubrics for the STEM plan you have chosen to work on. This will help you understand what the judges want to see in the plans and help you create a plan that stands out to the judges.

How the Believe in Ohio Statewide STEM Scholarship is Judged

Both business and commercialization STEM plans will be judged on communication, commercial feasibility, and STEM concepts and principles. The business STEM plan will also be judged on business and financial proof of concept, while the commercialization STEM plan will be judged on science and technology proof of concept as well.

Why We Love the Believe in Ohio Statewide STEM Scholarship


Scholarships can be used at trade schools

Recipients may use their scholarship to study at a two or four-year university, college, or trade school.


Home schooled students may apply

Independent and homeschooled students may participate in the competition to win scholarships.


Students may work in teams

Students are allowed to enter the competition and work on plans as individuals or in teams of up to three.

5 Facts About The Believe in Ohio Scholarship


Scholarships must be used at Ohio colleges

The scholarships are awarded to be used at any higher institution of the recipient's choice within the state of Ohio.


Local competition winners are awarded funds

Students with the best plans in each high school during the local competition are awarded at least $100 per student.


Recipients are paid directly

After the competition, awardees will receive checks for the amounts of their awards directly from the academy office.


Teacher support grants are available

Participating teachers, who coordinate the competition in their local high schools, may apply for support grants of up to $500.


BIO has middle school student competitions

The Believe in Ohio program also organizes local middle school students STEM plan competitions for students in middle school.

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