3301-11-07 Awarding scholarships.

(A) Scholarships shall be awarded from among valid applications in the following priority order:

(1) First, to any eligible student enrolled in grades kindergarten through twelve who received a scholarship in the school year immediately prior to the year for which the scholarship is sought and for whom eligibility has not been terminated pursuant to rule 3301-11-09 of the Administrative Code;

(2) Second, to any eligible student who attends or was otherwise assigned to attend a designated building in academic watch or academic emergency and whose family income is two hundred percent of the federal poverty level or below;

(3) Third, to any other eligible student who attends or was otherwise assigned to attend a designated building in academic watch or academic emergency ;

(4) Fourth, to any eligible student who attends or was otherwise assigned to attend a designated building in the lowest ten per cent of all public school buildings and whose family income is two hundred per cent of the federal poverty level or below; and

(5) Fifth, to any eligible student who attends or was otherwise assigned to attend a designated building in the lowest ten per cent of all public school buildings.

(B) The department shall establish an initial date by which applications must be received by the department. The department shall establish a date by which all determinations shall be completed as to the validity of each application and the eligibility of each student. An initial determination of scholarship awards shall be made for valid applications received by the initial date. Initial determinations shall be made in the following manner:

(1) If the number of valid applications received by the initial date established by the department is equal to or less than the number of scholarships authorized by section 3310.02 of the Revised Code, scholarships shall be awarded to all eligible students. The department may establish procedures and dates for the acceptance of additional applications and for the awarding of scholarships consistent with the priorities specified in paragraph (A) of this rule.

(2) If the number of valid applications received by the initial date exceeds the number of scholarships authorized by section 3310.02 of the Revised Code, no additional applications shall be accepted. Scholarships shall be awarded in the following manner:

(a) All eligible students who meet the condition described in paragraph (A)(1) of this rule shall be awarded scholarships;

(b) If the number of eligible students who meet the condition described in paragraph (A)(2) of this rule is equal to or less than the number of total scholarships authorized by section 3310.02 of the Revised Code minus the number of scholarships awarded to eligible students meeting the condition of paragraph (A)(1) of this rule, then all eligible students meeting the condition of paragraph (A)(2) of this rule shall be awarded scholarships;

(c) If after awarding scholarships to eligible students who meet the condition described in paragraph (A)(1) of this rule, the number of eligible students who meet the condition of paragraph (A)(2) of this rule exceeds the number of scholarships authorized by section 3310.02 of the Revised Code minus the number of scholarships awarded to eligible students meeting the condition of paragraph (A)(1) of this rule, the remaining scholarships shall be awarded by lot considering only those eligible students meeting the condition of paragraph (A)(2) of this rule;

(d) If the number of eligible students who meet the condition described in paragraph (A)(3) of this rule is equal to or less than the number of total scholarships authorized by section 3310.02 of the Revised Code minus the number of scholarships awarded to eligible students meeting the conditions of paragraphs (A)(1) and (A)(2) of this rule, then all eligible students meeting the condition of paragraph (A)(3) of this rule shall be awarded scholarships;

(e) If after awarding scholarships to eligible students meeting the conditions of paragraphs (A)(1) and (A)(2) of this rule, the number of all other eligible students exceeds the number of scholarships authorized by section 3310.02 of the Revised Code minus the number of scholarships awarded to eligible students meeting the condition of paragraphs (A)(1) and (A)(2) of this rule, the remaining scholarships shall be awarded by lot considering the remaining eligible students ;

(f) If the number of eligible students who meet the condition described in paragraph (A)(4) of this rule is equal to or less than the number of total scholarships authorized by section 3310.02 of the Revised Code minus the number of scholarships awarded to eligible students meeting the conditions of paragraphs (A)(1), (A)(2) and (A)(3) of this rule, all eligible students meeting the condition described in paragraph (A)(4) of this rule shall be awarded scholarships;

(g) If, after awarding scholarships to eligible students meeting the conditions described in paragraphs (A)(1), (A)(2) and (A)(3) of this rule, the number of all other eligible students exceeds the number of scholarships authorized by section 3310.02 of the Revised Code minus the number of scholarships awarded to eligible students meeting the condition of paragraphs (A)(1), (A)(2) and (A)(3) of this rule, the remaining scholarships shall be awarded by lot considering the remaining eligible students;

(h) If the number of eligible students who meet the condition described in paragraph (A)(5) of this rule is equal to or less than the number of total scholarships authorized by section 3310.02 of the Revised Code minus the number of scholarships awarded to eligible students meeting the conditions described in paragraphs (A)(1), (A)(2), A(3) and (A)(4) of this rule, all eligible students meeting the condition described in paragraph (A)(5) of this rule shall be awarded scholarships; and

(i) If, after awarding scholarships to eligible students meeting the conditions described in paragraphs (A)(1), (A)(2), A(3) and (A)(4) of this rule the number of all other eligible students exceeds the number of scholarships authorized by section 3310.02 of the Revised Code minus the number of scholarships awarded to eligible students meeting the condition of paragraphs (A)(1), (A)(2), (A)(3) and (A)(4) of this rule, the remaining scholarships shall be awarded by lot considering the remaining eligible students.

(C) The applicant shall be notified of a scholarship award via mail within thirty days of award determination.

(D) If an eligible student who is awarded a scholarship subsequently decides the scholarship will not be utilized, the applicant shall notify the department of the intention to relinquish the scholarship. The department shall establish dates by when such notifications shall be made.

(E) Any eligible student who has not been awarded a scholarship shall be placed on a waiting list maintained by the department according to the order of the lottery. Scholarships shall be awarded to eligible students on the waiting list as they are relinquished by other applicants in a manner to be specified by the department until such date as established by the department.

Effective: 02/24/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/05/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.07 , 3310.17
Rule Amplifies: 3310.01 to 3310.17
Prior Effective Dates: 2/24/2006, 5/26/2007