Ohio EdChoice Scholarship Program

The Educational Choice Scholarship (EdChoice) Program was created to provide students from underperforming public schools the opportunity to attend participating private schools. The program provides up to 60,000 EdChoice scholarships to eligible students. The EdChoice Scholarship Program is expanding in Ohio and more students are now available to receive significant tuition scholarships to attend Newark Catholic.



Applications open for the 2020 – 2021 school year on February 1, 2020.


Newark Catholic High School is a provider for the Ohio EdChoice Scholarship Program. The program provides students who attend designated, under-performing public schools in their resident district with the opportunity to attend participating private schools. This aid is not need-based. The Ohio Department of Education funds EdChoice Scholarships of $6,000 per year for high school students. Both new and renewal applications for the 2020-2021 school year may be submitted between February 1 and April 15, 2020. Students who reside in Licking County may be eligible to apply. For a complete list of under-performing schools, click here.


Ohio EdChoice scholarships overview:

  • Maximum scholarship amounts are set by Ohio law:
    • $4,650 for elementary (K – 8)
    • $6,000 for high school (9-12)
  • Scholarships pay for tuition only.
  • The actual scholarship amount paid will be the amount listed above or the private school’s tuition, whichever is less.
  • Income verification is not required, but families who may qualify for low-income status are encouraged to apply. Qualifying families may not be required to pay for tuition above the scholarship amount and may be able to receive waivers for the ACT examination and college application fees.
  • All other fees are the parent’s responsibility. 

Student Eligibility

  • Students are eligible to apply if they are currently attending or would be assigned to attend a public school in their resident district that has been rated in Academic Emergency or Academic Watch for at least two of the past three years (see Licking County list below). 2020-2021 OHIO EdChoice-Designated Schools Full List – see here
  • If a child receives an EdChoice scholarship to attend Newark Catholic High School, the scholarship can be renewed every year through his or her senior year.
  • Students who currently attend a community (“charter”) school but would be assigned to a school on the designated list in the upcoming school year are eligible.
  • Click here for an EdChoice scholarship eligibility overview.

To Apply

  • A student must first apply and be accepted for enrollment by Newark Catholic.
  • Newark Catholic will submit the application to the Ohio Department of Education on behalf of the student.
  • For any questions or more information, contact Traci Hogue, Director of Marketing & Admissions, at thogue@nullnewarkcatholic.org, (740) 344-3594.

Enrollment Dates, Scholarship Renewal and Other Information

  • The initial enrollment period for 2020-2021 EdChoice scholarships is February 1, 2020 – April 15, 2020. 
  • If a child receives an EdChoice scholarship to attend Newark Catholic, the scholarship can be renewed every year through his or her senior year.
  • Current students who receive EdChoice scholarships must submit a renewal application during the enrollment periods listed above.


Enrollment in Newark Catholic is open now. Please contact Traci Hogue, Director of Marketing & Admissions to discuss your student’s eligibility for the scholarship and to apply to attend Newark Catholic


Traci Hogue

Director of Marketing & Admissions


(740) 344-3594, ext. 236



2020-2021 OHIO EdChoice-Designated Schools List – see here


2020-2021 LICKING COUNTY Designated School List Below:



Johnstown High School

Lakewood High School

Newark High School

Utica High School



Garfield Elementary School

Stevenson Elementary School

Jackson Intermediate – Lakewood Local

Lakewood Middle School – Lakewood Local

Central Middle School – Licking Heights Local

South Elementary – Licking Heights Local

West Elementary School – Licking Heights Local

Licking Valley Elementary School

Ben Franklin Elementary School – Newark City

Heritage Middle School – Newark City

McGuffey Elementary School – Newark City

Wilson Middle School – Newark City

Pataskala Elementary School – Southwest Licking Local


Newark Catholic Ohio EdChoice Scholarship High School Licking County