1. It’s a Scholarship for College Graduates

Congratulations! You’ve just graduated from college. 7:30 AM finals, Capstone projects and research papers are all behind you. But if you thought you were done with scholarship applications, think again! Typically, we think of scholarships as something you apply for only when you’re beginning college. But the Talent Attraction Program (TAP) Scholarship is exactly the opposite. If you’ve graduated within the past 7 years, you may be eligible for financial support to help you manage your student loan debt. The scholarship awards recipients $5,000 over 25 months.


2. The TAP (Talent Attraction Program) is about YOU

Hamilton is a city in renaissance. We’ve seen a significant increase in new employers and new jobs in our city. Our downtown High Street has undergone a huge transformation, and Main Street is following close behind. RiversEdge, our riverfront amphitheater, has been voted the best live music venue in the Greater Cincinnati area two years running. Hamilton is a community thriving with arts, events and opportunities for outdoor recreation. There’s only one thing we’re missing now: you. We need young professionals like you in our community to help us maintain the momentum we’ve experienced in the past decade. There are job openings with growing companies in need of fresh talent. We have opportunities for entrepreneurship and a burgeoning community of entrepreneurs and resources to support you. You’re the final piece!


3. The options in Hamilton are limitless (within the limits)

To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to live within Hamilton’s downtown area. Within the designated area you have your choice of any number of housing options. The historic Mercantile lofts have apartments right on High Street, across from True West Coffee and right next to The Almond Sister’s bakery – two High Street mainstays. Brand new luxury apartments are opening later this year at the Marcum, across from the newly developed Marcum Park, with a balcony view of the RiversEdge amphitheater. And the designated area includes all three of Hamilton’s beautiful historic districts: Dayton Lane, Rossville and the German Village. If you’ve ever dreamed of owning and restoring your own historic home, that dream may be a reality sooner than you think! And with the Hamilton’s CORE Fund, you may be able to make a historic property your own.


 4. Hamilton is the first city in Ohio to offer this unique scholarship

And applications will be accepted beginning March 5, 2018. To apply, make sure you fulfill (or will fulfill) the eligibility requirements:

  • Graduated within the last 7 years from a STEAM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, or Mathematics)
  • Not currently living in Hamilton BUT
  • With plans to move to or live in the designated areas in Hamilton (Urban Core Neighborhoods, including Downtown, CBD, Riverview, Dayton Lane, German Village and Rossville
  • Must demonstrate employment within Butler County

To apply, fill out the application scholarship online by visiting the Hamilton Community Foundation’s website: hamiltonfoundation.org/scholarship


 5. The TAP Scholarship is made possible by the Hamilton Community Foundation

The Hamilton Community Foundation awards millions of dollars in grants and scholarships annually. Located in the historic Lane-Hooven House in Hamilton’s German Village, they manage 700 individual, family and corporate funds, as well as nonprofit agency endowments. The TAP Scholarship is their latest grant designed to make the Hamilton community a better place to live, work and play. The TAP program has been developed to raise awareness of STEAM education and career opportunities. The program is also designed to attract civic engagement in our community. It is being funded through individual donors and current scholarship funds at the Hamilton Community Foundation.