(A) All proposals shall reflect the primary objectives of the choose Ohio first scholarship program which are to support increased higher education participation and success of Ohio students majoring in STEM, STEM education, and medicine fields and, in so doing, to advance the economic growth of each region of the state.
By increasing the numbers of STEM and medical graduates, as well as the professional sophistication of Ohio's technical workforce, it is anticipated that new technology-based business opportunities will be created and new technology-based companies will be attracted to Ohio, each of which will have beneficial economic impacts for the regions of the state. This program advances these purposes by providing direct scholarship support to current and future higher education students who are pursuing STEM, medical, and STEM education degrees. The "Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program" is complementary to the other program included in the "Ohio Innovation Partnership," the "Ohio Research Scholars Program." Both programs develop human talent and statewide capacity for sustained innovation, technology advancement, and the commercialization of new technologies.
(B) The entire grant must be used for scholarships, fellowships, grants, or other monetary or nonmonetary incentives to students, and not for administration.