A scholarship is financial aid that does not have to be paid back. Scholarships have differing eligibility criteria and deadlines, so it is important that you read scholarship descriptions carefully.
Incoming freshmen to the Columbus campus compete for university-funded
Apply for admission by the early action deadline to receive consideration for most merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are not guaranteed.
The university offers hundreds of special-eligibility scholarships with a wide variety of eligibility criteria. To apply each year, file the FAFSA and the Special Scholarships Application by the priority date of February 1. This is also the application to use to apply for Cooperative Scholarship Housing on the Columbus campus (the Stadium Scholarship Program and Alumnae Scholarship Housing for women), which is based on need and merit.
Many Ohio State college offices and departments offer scholarships or grants. Contact your college office or review departmental scholarships for details.
Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP)
Second-year students on the Columbus campus may participate in STEP (Second-Year Transformational Experience Program) and receive a STEP Fellowship. Read more about STEP.
Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program
The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program awards Ohio colleges, universities and their business partners that have developed innovative academic programs to recruit and retain more Ohio students into STEMM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). The funding that they receive is used to offer scholarships for those programs to current and potential students.
| Program||Academic areas||Contact||Phone|
Engineering and Science Innovators (ESI)
(new incoming freshmen only)
Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry,
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Sevinc Erdal (Sciences)
|Future Scientists of Ohio (transfer students from Columbus State Community College in STEMM only)|
Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
|Dr. Sevinc Erdal|
|Nursing (RN to BSN only)||Nursing (RN to BSN only)||Lindsey Lee|
Many churches, professional, civic or service organizations, private foundations, the military, and others offer scholarships.
Ohio State does not post individual external scholarship opportunities but here are a few free scholarship engines to get you started:
If you receive an aid award from outside sources, you and your award donor can obtain information about Ohio State's process for disbursing those funds to you in the External Aid Resource Guide.
Note: Federal regulations require that external scholarships be considered part of a student's overall financial aid package, which cannot exceed the cost of attendance. Once a payment from an external scholarship is applied, your financial aid package may be revised to include the amount of the scholarship.
To get the most from your scholarships, be sure to review our tips on managing your financial resources while in college.