Scholarship Programs

STEP (Second Year Transformational Experience Program)

If you are a participant in STEP, a $2,000 STEP Fellowship will be included in your financial aid award for the academic year in which you are expected to receive your funding.

Although the $2,000 STEP Fellowship will initially be referenced as a resource for autumn semester only, individual awards will be revised if the funds are received in a term other than autumn semester and/or if a student receives less than the $2,000 maximum value of the Fellowship.

More details about the program can be found at: https://step.osu.edu/.

University-Administered Scholarships

 

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The following general guidelines apply to scholarships offered at Ohio State. Additional information can be found on the Apply and FAQ tabs above. Contact the Student Service Center if you have any other questions or need clarification.

University-administered merit aid is awarded to members of an incoming freshman class in an effort to recognize and attract the best and brightest in academic talents and achievements.

University-administered need-based aid is awarded to further the institution’s mission to enable access to a wide variety of students.

Please note that not all institutional scholarships can be combined. The total annual aid amount (including external resources) you receive cannot exceed the cost of attendance at Ohio State.

Selected Merit Scholarship Programs

Ohio State offers various competitive scholarship programs for freshmen with academic merit. Recipients are selected by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience, University Honors and Scholars Center, or the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in consultation with the Student Financial Aid.

Renewals for these merit scholarships are automatic as long as the recipient remains eligible and is enrolled full-time.

Information about the following selected merit scholarships can be found on the Office of Admissions and First Year Experience web site.

Eligibility Requirements

All awards are based on eligibility requirements that must be met at the time of initial offering. Furthermore, all awards require ongoing eligibility requirements be met in order for students to maintain receipt of funding.

As an award recipient, it is the responsibility of each student to know and understand the following ongoing eligibility requirements:

  • Must be enrolled full-time (not including courses at another institution by consortium)
  • Must be continuing to pursue your first undergraduate degree
  • Must maintain the minimum GPA requirement by the appropriate time of evaluation (see table below)
  • Those students who meet the minimum GPA requirement by the appropriate time of evaluation will have their scholarship renewed automatically
  • Must not have exceeded the maximum number of semesters of eligibility (see table below)
  • Other eligibility criteria may exist for specific programs and will be communicated directly to students
Scholarship Name Maximum
Semesters of Eligibility
Minimum
Grade Point Average
When is Minimum
GPA Measured?
Eminence
8 semesters
3.4*
At end of second year,
annually thereafter
Presidential
8 semesters
3.2
At end of second year,
annually thereafter
Medalist
8 semesters
3.2
At end of second year,
annually thereafter
Distinguished
8 semesters
3.2
At end of second year,
annually thereafter
Maximus
8 semesters
3.2
At end of second year,
annually thereafter
Provost
8 semesters
3.2
At end of second year,
annually thereafter
Trustees
8 semesters
3.2
At end of second year,
annually thereafter
Academic Achievement
8 semesters
3.2
At end of second year,
annually thereafter
National Buckeye
8 semesters
2.5
At end of second year,
annually thereafter
Distinction
8 semesters
3.2**
At end of second year,
annually thereafter
Prominence
8 semesters
3.0***
At end of second year,
annually thereafter
Excellence
8 semesters
3.0****
At end of second year,
annually thereafter
Young Scholars Program (YSP)
10 semesters
2.6*****
Annually
Land Grant
8 semesters
3.0
At end of second year,
annually thereafter
International Undergraduate Scholarship
8 semesters
2.5
At end of second year,
annually thereafter
*minimum GPA of 3.2 for students entering in 2012-2013
**minimum GPA of 3.0 for students entering before 2012-2013
***minimum GPA of 2.7 for students entering in 2010-2011 or 2011-2012
****minimum GPA of 2.5 for students entering before 2012-2013
*****minimum GPA of 2.5 for students entering before 2012-2013

How Semesters of Eligibility are Determined

A semester of eligibility is considered used during any period of enrollment you receive any university administered merit or need-based aid. For example, if a student did not receive a university administered merit award in a semester because he/she did not meet the required minimum GPA, but maintained eligibility for and received university administered need-based aid for that same semester, that semester would count as one of 8 total semesters of eligibility for both the merit aid program and the need-based aid program.

Losing Eligibility and Scholarship Aid

We want to ensure all students have the opportunity to exhaust all measures to advocate on their own behalf. There is an appeal process in place for this purpose. The appeal form (and any supporting documentation) can be submitted electronically.

We also do not want to create unrealistic expectations. The appeal process asks you to document special or unusual circumstances with which you are dealing. Absent a compelling case that such extenuating circumstances are at hand (such circumstances that a large number of your peers do not also face on a regular basis), your appeal may very well be denied.

Questions? Check our FAQ page before calling.

 

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Office of Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Programs

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at Ohio State is one of the oldest and most respected in the country, and offers a range of financial aid and academic services for African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Ohio Appalachian students.

ODI sponsors the following recruitment programs designed to help you enroll at Ohio State: The Freshman Foundation Program (FFP), the Morrill Scholars Program (MSP), and the Young Scholars Program (YSP).

Other national, regional, and locally sponsored programs are offered through Ohio State that may provide assistance to qualified students. Learn more about your opportunities at Ohio State by contacting the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (614) 292-0964, visiting ODI's web page at odi.osu.edu, or writing to:

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The Ohio State University
Hale Hall
154 W. 12th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

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Guidelines for Student-Athletes

As a student-athlete at a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I institution, you are subject to additional rules regarding financial aid. The source of funds, the amount of funds, the classification of the funds according to NCAA regulations, your status as a tendered or recruited student-athlete and your final eligibility certification from the NCAA Clearinghouse all have an impact on whether or not you as a student-athlete will be permitted to accept the funds and maintain sport eligibility. This rule is true of external (non-Ohio State) scholarships and awards as well as Ohio State scholarships and financial aid.

Student-athletes are not permitted to use funds from external sources until they have been investigated and approved by Athletic Aid Administration. Documentation of the application process and selection criteria for all external scholarships and awards must be provided to our office by the organization providing the award, and specific rules must be followed in the payment of the funds to prevent violations of NCAA regulations. Certain Ohio State funds are also subject to additional scrutiny depending upon a variety of circumstances. There are situations in which a student-athlete will not be able to receive certain funds, external and/or institutional, because of the impact those funds have on the team limit.

If you receive financial aid from any external source, please report it in writing to Athletic Aid Administration. Failure to provide this information can cause delays in payment of fees, in approval of your status for practice or play, and in the revisions to other aid you may have received. Additionally, if you are receiving a merit-based award from Ohio State as well as an athletic grant, there are specific guidelines that affect your ability to receive both forms of aid.

If you have any questions about your scholarships or other awards, please contact Athletic Aid Administration by e-mail at sfa-athletes@osu.edu or by telephone at (614) 292-3600, or the Athletic Compliance Office at (614) 292-2681. Further information is available in the Student-Athlete Handbook.

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Special-Eligibility Scholarships

Some scholarships can only be awarded if students identify themselves to the Student Financial Aid as being eligible. To apply for special-eligibility scholarships, complete the Application for Special Scholarships. Note that most special eligibility-scholarships require the FAFSA and a personal statement. More documentation may be required later. See Important Dates & Deadlines and be sure to apply on time.

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Cooperative Scholarship Housing (Columbus campus only)

The Student Financial Aid awards cooperative scholarship housing opportunities on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated financial need. Students who accept these awards agree to participate in governing, managing, or maintaining their residence halls in exchange for a reduced cost of living on campus. Students who complete their housing contract, FAFSA, and Application for Special Scholarships by their deadline date will be considered for:

You may call University Residence and Dining Services at (614) 292-8266 for information about the facilities.

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Departmental Scholarships

Many college offices and departments offer scholarships or grants to students who excel academically and/or have financial need. There are also some colleges that have funds available to help with students’ study abroad or traveling expenses related to academic projects. Contact your college office or visit the individual college web site for scholarship details and application procedures.

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ROTC Scholarships

Please call (614) 292-6075 (Army), (614) 292-6015 (Navy), or (614) 292-5441 (Air Force) for information on scholarship eligibility, stipends, application, and deadlines.

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Graduate and Professional Students

Graduate and professional students may apply for any special-eligibility scholarships for which they meet the criteria. To apply for special-eligibility scholarships, complete the Application for Special Scholarships. Note that most special eligibility-scholarships require the FAFSA and a personal statement. More documentation may be required later. See Important Dates & Deadlines and be sure to be apply on time. Contact the graduate school or your academic college for other available financial assistance programs.

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Regional Campus and ATI Students

Ohio State offers scholarships to students attending the regional and ATI campuses as well as the Columbus campus. Some scholarships and grants, such as the Scarlet & Gray Grant, are available only to students enrolled at Columbus campus. Each extended campus has a number of scholarships available only to students attending that campus.

Regional campus and ATI students may apply for any special-eligibility scholarships for which they meet the criteria. To review eligibility criteria for these scholarships and to apply, please see Applying for Scholarships. Note that some special eligibility scholarships require the FAFSA and a personal statement. More documentation may be required later. See Important Dates & Deadlines and be sure to apply on time.

You should also contact your campus financial aid office directly or visit the Marion, Mansfield, Lima, Newark, or ATI scholarship web pages for additional scholarship opportunities.

 

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