Freshman Fall 2015

Learn about freshman scholarships

Ohio University offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. Our primary scholarship programs for new students are designed for those students beginning in the fall. Continuing students may apply for upperclass scholarships throughout their academic career at OHIO.

Scholarship awards are based on a range of criteria, which can include academic merit, demonstrated financial need, field of study, participation in a specific program or organization, and/or any combination of the above.


Incoming freshmen are automatically considered for University scholarships. To be considered a priority applicant, you must be accepted for admission by February 1. Because financial need is considered in addition to merit for some scholarships, we recommend the FAFSA be filed in time to meet our first-priority deadline. If you receive a scholarship, you must maintain a certain course load and g.p.a. for continued eligibility. Many scholarships require a student to enroll for 15 hours per semester.

OHIO Signature Award Program

The OHIO Signature Award Program is a set of scholarships and grants designed to recognize the excellent achievements and contributions of the 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. Students receiving a Signature Award must submit their housing contracts (or exemption forms) and housing deposits no later than May 1 to receive their awards.

Outside Agency Scholarships

If you wish to look for outside scholarships, you should check with your high school counselor as well as clubs and organizations with which you or your parents may be associated. There also are several free online scholarship search engines available, such as Fastweb.

If you are receiving a scholarship from an outside agency, the notice can be faxed or mailed to:

Attention: "Outside Agency Scholarships"
Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships
Chubb Hall 020
1 Ohio University
Athens OH 45701
Office: 740.593.4141
Fax: 740.593.4140

Scholarship checks can be mailed to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships and should include the student’s full name and Ohio University PID number. If the check is co-payable, please endorse it before it is sent. Awards are divided among two semesters unless directed otherwise by the scholarship provider.

Upperclass Scholarships

Students will complete an electronic scholarship application each January to be considered for scholarships for the next academic year. To ensure consideration, students should have an accumulative GPA of 3.5, have earned at least 15 credit hours during the fall semester of the application year, and earn at least 30 hours over fall and spring semesters combined.

Important Dates

Financial aid award letters mailed  

Late March

Deadline for scholarship recipients to confirm intent to enroll  

May 1

Check To-Do List online in student portal and complete all financial aid requirements  

Late May

Request final transcript(s) be sent  

June 26

View student financial account online  

July 6

Enrollment for monthly payment plan available  

July 6

Fall semester account balance due  

August 21

Start fall semester classes  

August 24

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