Ohio Cool Co-op Awards


  • Students must be enrolled at a university/college at time of submittal.
  • Students must have co-oped at least once between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.


There will be one winner per category.  Winners will receive a prize of between $100 - $150 each. 

Winners will also receive recognition at the 2018 OCEA Conference Awards and Scholarship dinner.

Applications will open in January 2019.

2018 Cool Co-op Winners

People: Zane Ostin, Case Western University
Perk: Surya Elangovan, University of Cincinnati
Project: Adam Jacobowitz, The Ohio State University

2017 Cool Co-op Winners

People: Huy Tran, University of Cincinnati
Perk: Mark Reese, The Ohio State University
Project: Amanda Dan-Ye Tong, Case Western Reserve University

2016 Cool Co-op Winners

Perk: Carlos Mendez, The Ohio State University
Project: Michael Ragsdale, University of Cincinnati
People: Leslie Mamula, The Ohio State University
  • Entries are accepted any time between January 2018 and March 2018.
  • Submitter must identify which category they are entering (Projects, People, or Perks). Only one submission per category will be accepted per university Co-op program/office or Career Center (Must be an OCEA member school).
  • Submitter should use their best writing skills. OCEA retains the right to edit entries for proper grammar and spelling.
  • All submissions will be approved by the students’ institution before judging process.
  • Submissions become the property of the students’ educational institution, OCEA, and the Ohio Board of Regents and may be used for promotional purposes beyond the contest.
  • A criteria sheet will be utilized for the judging process.  All entries will be judged by the Ohio Cooperative Education Association Awards and/or Executive Board Committee.


  • Submissions must have a title for the entry.
  • Each submission must include at least one photograph.  Each photo must have a caption.
  • Entries must answer the question “Why is the Co-op Cool?” in one of three Categories – is it the “Projects” you have worked on, the “People” you have met, or the “Perks” you have received?
  • Entries must be 300 words or less (this is about a paragraph).  Keep it short, but utilize examples when possible. 
  • Entries must include identifying information so we will be able to find the students and give them their prize (all fields are required on the attached profile information page).

Mailing Address: 
            Ohio Cooperative Education Association 
            P.O Box 5066
            Cleveland, OH 44101

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