Clinton County Succeeds

The Clinton County Succeeds Program is a unique way that Wilmington College supports students from the local community. Eligible students can receive up to a $10,000 loan to grant award. The program has two pathways to enter: enrolling directly at Wilmington College as a freshman, or transferring to Wilmington College from Southern State Community College with an AA, AS or AAS.


In past years, Wilmington College offered the Wilmington Succeeds Program. This program provided additional aid to graduates of Wilmington High School. The success of this program inspired Wilmington College to open a similar program to all of Clinton County. Thus, the Clinton County Succeeds program was born. These testimonials from participants of the Wilmington Succeeds Program demonstrate the impact the Clinton County Succeeds Program could have on your education.

VanessaVanessa McKee

Criminal Justice
Entered WC Fall 2016

With additional funding from the Wilmington Succeeds Program, I can now focus on both my academics and career path with minimal stress. In essence, this grant has greatly assisted me in my journey to further my education by providing stability. Paired with a thorough plan, this Wilmington Succeeds opportunity has provided me with the confidence needed to pursue my goals.

SawyerSawyer Hooper

Early Childhood Education
Entered WC Fall 2014

The Wilmington Succeeds Program has truly been a blessing with regard to the loan balances I will be facing when I graduate. To those students who have graduated from Wilmington High School and decided to obtain a degree from WC, we have been afforded a luxury that very few institutions can offer.

SavannahSavannah Hooper

Biology-Health Sciences
Entered WC Fall 2014

Wilmington is succeeding! There is no time greater than the present to attend WC! This loan to grant has made it possible for me to pursue the career of my dreams, and I plan to one day “pay it back” by being a contributing member of our wonderful community!

HannahHannah Buckley

Agricultural Business
Entered WC Fall 2014

Wilmington Succeeds has helped me study my major and minor. It is helping me further my education while not putting a financial strain on my family. I highly suggest that you apply for the grant so you can further your education and have a successful future.

Requirements for Eligibility

The student must graduate from high school on or after the spring of 2018. In addition, the student must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  1. He or she has resided in Clinton County for at least two years and attended a private, public, or home school in the county.
  2. He or she has resided in Clinton County for at least two years and attended a school outside of Clinton County.
  3. He or she lives outside of Clinton County but has attended a school in Clinton County for at least two years and graduated from that school.
Program Requirements

In order to stay enrolled in the program, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Maintain academic and social good standing
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment
  3. File the FAFSA each year
Details of the Loan to Grant

The loan to grant award covers tuition only. This means it cannot be applied to fees, room, and board, summer classes, study abroad, or credits above the 18 credit hour per semester maximum.

The full amount of the award will be determined based on financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA. This will be calculated on a yearly basis.

Loan to Grant Forgiveness

75% of the total amount of the loan will be forgiven in the form of a grant at graduation. The remaining 25% will be forgiven after the recipient remains a resident of Clinton County or the address under which they entered the program for two years immediately following graduation.

If a student does not meet these requirements, the student will forfeit all grant monies awarded by Wilmington College and the student will be required to repay Wilmington College the full amount of the Clinton County Succeeds loan awarded to date.

Freshman Entry Pathway

Up to the following amounts:

Year One $2,000
Year Two $2,000
Year Three $3,000
Year Four $3,000
Total $10,000

The loan to grant award is available for up to 8 undergraduate semesters.

The student is eligible even if they have advanced status from Advanced Placement credits or College Credit Plus.

If a student chooses to attend a college or university other than WC the fall after he or she graduates high school, the student is still eligible for this program if they transfer directly to WC in the spring of their freshman year.

SSCC Transfer Pathway

Up to the following amounts:

First Year $3,000
Second Year $3,000
Total $6,000

The student must transfer directly from Southern State Community College with an AA, AS or AAS.

The loan to grant award is available for up to 4 undergraduate semesters.

The student must contact the Student One Stop Center during their transfer process to enroll in the program and sign a form agreeing to the terms of the program.


If this program seems like a good fit for you, please consider filling out our free application for admittance to Wilmington College. If you qualify for this program, it will automatically become part of your financial aid award!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Clinton County Succeeds:

Sonia Thompson
Asst. Director Student One Stop
p: 937.481.2353

Wilmington College
Pyle Center Box 1184
1870 Quaker Way
Wilmington, OH 45177


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