Harry and Ruth Rankin Scholarship Program

Harry W. (Bill) Rankin earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1947. He met his college sweetheart, Ruth L. Rankin, who also earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1948. Through a shared appreciation of Native American culture, the Rankins provided this gift to fund a selective merit-based scholarship program that is awarded to academically-talented students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who can contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and social diversity of Ohio University. The Rankin Scholarship emphasizes academic excellence, leadership, cultural exchange, and community service.

The program includes:

  • Full tuition, fees, and non-resident tuition surcharges (for out-of-state students) renewable for up to four years
  • OMSAR advising
  • Double room occupancy in a residential learning community
  • Traditional twenty meal dining plan (per week)
  • Participation in the LINKS Pre-Matriculation Program
  • Academic support seminars
  • Co-curricular opportunities outside the classroom


Students must have either a minimum ACT composite score of a 28 or comparable SAT, have demonstrated academic merit as measured by high school rank and/or grade-point average, show evidence of personal achievement, leadership, and involvement in school and community activities, and provide documentation from a federally recognized tribe.

How to apply:

Students must be admitted to Ohio University prior to consideration for the program. Eligible students will be contacted and invited to apply by the Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR). Select candidates will be required to interview on campus. For additional information, email diversity@ohio.edu