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The Fall 2014 OHIO Signature Awards

(Fall 2015 information coming soon!)

Ohio University is pleased to introduce the OHIO Signature Awards, a set of scholarships and grants designed to recognize the excellent achievements and contributions of the fall 2014 freshman class. Built to honor and assist our students in accordance with the University's twin missions of excellence and access, the new and expanded program includes generous merit-based scholarships, supportive need-based grants, and a set of awards unique to Ohio University that blend both merit- and need-based criteria.

All first-year students who are new to the Athens campus of Ohio University in fall 2014 are eligible for consideration to become an OHIO Signature Scholar. The application for admission serves as the application for merit-based scholarships.  

Fall 2014 first-year students who are admitted by March 15, 2014 (deadline extended!), will be considered automatically for all available OHIO Signature Awards. Eligibility is based on the following:

  • Academic merit as demonstrated by strength of curriculum and cumulative high school grade point average, in addition to either the ACT composite or SAT math and critical reading scores from any test date (writing subscore not included for ACT or SAT). Credentials on file as of March 15, 2014, will be used for final award determinations.
  • Financial need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results received in the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships by the first priority date of March 15, 2014
  • Contributions made to the academic, demographic, or geographic diversity of the Ohio University community

The OHIO Signature Award program includes eight new awards to support our outstanding first-year students:

Award Name

Description

OHIO Achievement Scholarship

Four-year renewable scholarship based on academic merit. Award amounts vary between $1,000 and $6,000 per year on a sliding scale that considers both high school performance and standardized tests (ACT or SAT). Admitted students must earn either a minimum ACT composite score of 24 or a combined math and critical reading SAT score of at least 1090 to be eligible for consideration. 

OHIO Distinction Scholarship

Four-year renewable scholarship valued at $1,000 per year, awarded to eligible students who have demonstrated the highest levels of academic performance. Often awarded in addition to the Achievement Scholarship.

OHIO Focus Award

Four-year renewable scholarship based on academic merit, awarded to students who are pursuing selected Ohio University academic programs. Eligible programs vary. Award amounts vary up to $1,000. Eligibility is based on a sliding scale that considers both high school performance and standardized tests (ACT or SAT). Admitted students must earn either a minimum ACT composite score of 22 or a combined math and critical reading SAT score of at least 1020 for consideration.

OHIO Premier Scholarship

Four-year renewable scholarship valued up to full in-state tuition, available to eligible OHIO Signature Scholars who are selected to pursue an Honors Tutorial College degree program.

OHIO Promise Scholarship

Four-year renewable scholarship awarded to students from a variety of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Designed to enhance the vibrant intellectual, cultural, and social diversity of the Ohio University community. Recipients benefit from a wide array of student support services offered by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Award amounts vary. 

OHIO Pathway Scholarship

Four-year renewable scholarship based on a sliding scale that recognizes both academic merit and need. Award amounts vary.

OHIO Pathway Award

Awarded to students with the highest need as demonstrated by the FAFSA. Award amounts vary.

OHIO Trustee Award

Four-year renewable discount applied to the non-Ohio resident surcharge. Award amounts vary between $1,000 and $5,000 per year, based on a sliding scale of academic merit that considers high school performance and standardized tests (ACT or SAT). Admitted students must earn either a minimum ACT composite score of 22 or a combined math and critical reading SAT score of at least 1020 for consideration.

Students participating in the Ohio University Educational Benefits Program and recipients of full athletic scholarships are not eligible to be considered for OHIO Signature Awards. Appalachian Scholars and Urban Scholars are eligible to be considered for the OHIO Pathway Scholarship or OHIO Pathway Award only. Recipients of the OHIO Premier Scholarship or Templeton Scholars Award are eligible to be considered for the OHIO Trustee Award only. Recipients of the District of Columbia (D.C.) Tuition Assistance Grant or the OHIO Next Generation Award, which covers non-resident fees, are not eligible for the OHIO Trustee Award. Additional restrictions may apply, and the program is subject to change. 

Read frequently asked questions about the OHIO Signature Awards.

Other Awards Available to First-Year Students
While the OHIO Signature Awards comprise our primary scholarship program for first-year students, many other scholarships are available to first-year students through a variety of organizations and agencies. Learn more. 


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