Wilberforce, OH Colleges

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Wilberforce is a census-designated place (CDP) in Greene County, Ohio, United States. The population was 1,579 at the 2000 census. The community was named for the English statesman William Wilberforce, who worked for abolition of slavery and achieved the end of the slave trade in the United Kingdom and its empire. The small community was an important stop on the Underground Railroad before the American Civil War, as it had seven stations.

The community has two historically black universities, Wilberforce University, with its associated Payne Theological Seminary, and Central State University.

Wilberforce University was established in 1856 by the Methodist Episcopal Church and African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1863 the AME Church bought the college after its temporary closing due to financial problems, making it the first to be owned and operated by African Americans. Bishop Daniel Payne, who led the founding and later purchase of the college, was its first president and served for many years. Many prominent scholars have taught there. The former residence in Wilberforce of Charles Young, a 19th-century US Army officer who taught at Wilberforce, has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Born into slavery, he was the highest-ranking African-American officer in the US Army until after World War I.

Central State University originated as a commercial, normal and industrial department established at Wilberforce in the late 19th century. In the 20th century, the department was established as a separate institution, and expanded to a college and university.

The Ohio Historical Society operates the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, which provides exhibits and learning opportunities for the regional community. The Association of African American Museums, also located in Wilberforce and supported by the private university, works to build professional capacity among smaller museums.

Wilberforce is part of the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Schools in and around Wilberforce, OH

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Payne Theological Seminary
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $0 average out-state tuition; $0 average in-state tuition
Central State University
Four or more years; Public; $10,406 average out-state tuition; $3,430 average in-state tuition
Wilberforce University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $11,240 average out-state tuition; $11,240 average in-state tuition
Cedarville University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $24,400 average out-state tuition; $24,400 average in-state tuition
Greene County Vocational School District
Less than 2 years (below associate); Public
Antioch University-Midwest
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $21,184 average out-state tuition; $21,184 average in-state tuition
Antioch University-PhD Program in Leadership and Change
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $0 average out-state tuition; $0 average in-state tuition

Wilberforce, OH Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
John C. Lincoln Memorial Scholarship $3,500 February 15, 2017
Ohio Soybean Council Foundation Scholarship Up to $5,000 January 13, 2017
Donald F. Hastings Scholarship $2,500 February 15, 2017
Marion Maccarrell Scott Scholarship Varies January 31, 2017