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OHIO Signature Awards

Fall 2020 OHIO Signature Awards

Ohio University is pleased to feature the OHIO Signature Awards, a set of scholarships and grants designed to recognize the excellent achievements and contributions of the fall 2020 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 2020 are eligible for consideration to become an OHIO Signature Scholar. The application for admission serves as the application for merit-based scholarships.  

Fall 2020 first-year students with complete applications by November 15, 2019, 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 highest composite ACT or combined SAT total from any test date.
  • The highest standardized test score and high school GPA (weighted or unweighted) received by Ohio University by January 15, 2020, will be considered in determining eligibility for OHIO Signature Awards. OHIO may continue to award using updated credentials on an individual basis throughout the year.
  • 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 January 15, 2020. Students will be considered on a rolling basis after the first priority date.
  • Contributions made to the academic, demographic, or geographic diversity of the Ohio University community.

Applicants who submit a complete application, including the application form and all required supporting materials, after November 15 will be considered for all University scholarships, as availability permits.

Details about two of the hallmark Signature Awards, the Success Award and the Distinction Award are presented in the table below. 

ACT Composite
OR
SAT (Math + EBRW)
OHIO Success*
Annual Amount
OHIO Success
4-Year Total
OHIO Distinction**
Annual Amount
OHIO Distinction
4-Year Total
Combined Success & Distinction Total
36 OR 1570-1600 $7,000 $28,000 $1,000 $4,000 $32,000
35 OR 1530-1560 $7,000 $28,000 $1,000 $4,000 $32,000
34 OR 1490-1520 $6,000 $24,000 $1,000 $4,000 $28,000
33 OR 1450-1480 $5,000 $20,000 $1,000 $4,000 $24,000
32 OR 1420-1440 $5,000 $20,000 $1,000 $4,000 $24,000
31 OR 1390-1410 $3,000 $12,000 $1,000 $4,000 $16,000
30 OR 1360-1380 $3,000 $12,000 $1,000 $4,000 $16,000
29 OR 1330-1350 $3,000 $12,000 $1,000 $4,000 $16,000
28 OR 1300-1320 $3,000 $12,000 $1,000 $4,000 $16,000
27 OR 1260-1290 $2,000 $8,000 $1,000 $4,000 $12,000
26 OR 1230-1250 $2,000 $8,000 $1,000 $4,000 $12,000
25 OR 1200-1220 $2,000 $8,000 $1,000 $4,000 $12,000
24 OR 1160-1190 $1,000 $4,000 $1,000 $4,000 $8,000
23 OR 1130-1150     $1,000 $4,000 $4,000
22 OR 1100-1120     $1,000 $4,000 $4,000

*Students earning at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale in a strong college prep curriculum will be considered for this award.

**Students earning at least a 3.4 GPA on a 4.0 scale in a strong college prep curriculum will be considered for this award.

Read frequently asked questions about OHIO Signature Awards

OHIO Success Scholarship

Four-year renewable scholarship 
Basis of award: Academic merit 
Annual award range: $1,000-$7,000
Total renewable value: $4,000-$28,000

Admitted students who are recipients of this scholarship typically have earned a minimum ACT composite score of 24 or SAT score of 1160. Award amounts are offered on a sliding scale based on both standardized test scores and academic performance in high school.

OHIO Distinction Scholarship

Four-year renewable scholarship 
Basis of award: Academic merit
Annual award: $1,000
Total renewable value: $4,000

Admitted students who have demonstrated the highest levels of academic performance in high school are eligible to be considered for this scholarship, which often is awarded in addition to the OHIO Success Scholarship.

OHIO Focus Award

Four-year renewable scholarship 
Basis of award: Academic merit 
Annual award: $1,000
Total renewable value: $4,000

For admitted students pursuing degrees in selected academic programs. Recipients of this scholarship typically have earned a minimum ACT composite score of 22 or SAT score of 1100. Eligible academic programs vary, and awards are based on a sliding scale that takes into account both standardized test scores and high school academic performance.

OHIO Premier Scholarship

Four-year renewable scholarship
Basis of award: Admission to the Honors Tutorial College
Amount of award: Full in-state tuition

OHIO Signature Scholars who are admitted to an Honors Tutorial degree program are eligible for consideration for this scholarship.

OHIO Promise Scholarship

Four-year renewable scholarship
Basis of award: Academic merit and contributions to diversity
Annual award range: $1,000-$4,000
Total renewable value: $4,000-$16,000

This scholarship is awarded to students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who can contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and social diversity of Ohio University. Recipients of the award also have access to a variety of student support services provided by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

OHIO Pathway Scholarship

Four-year renewable scholarship
Basis of award: Academic merit and financial need
Annual award range: $500-$3,000
Total renewable value: $2,000-$12,000

Awards granted through this scholarship are based on a sliding scale.

OHIO Pathway Award

Basis of award: Financial need
Annual award range: $1,000-$1,500
Total renewable value: $4,000-$6,000

Admitted students with the highest need as demonstrated by FAFSA results are eligible for consideration for this award.

OHIO Russ Impact Scholarship

Four-year renewable scholarship
Basis of award: Academic merit and enrollment in Russ College of Engineering and Technology
Amount of award: Valued at full in-state tuition when combined with other OHIO Signature Awards

Available to the highest-achieving eligible OHIO Signature Scholars who are admitted to and enroll in a Russ College of Engineering and Technology degree program. Recipients of the OHIO Russ Impact Award who are classified as non-residents for tuition purposes also may be eligible for the OHIO Trustee Award.

OHIO Trustee Award

Four-year renewable award for students required to pay the non-resident surcharge
Basis of award: Academic merit
Annual award range: $1,000-$7,000
Total renewable value: $4,000-$28,000

Recipients of this scholarship are admitted students who typically have earned a minimum ACT composite score of 22 or SAT score of 1100. Award amounts are offered on a sliding scale based on both standardized test scores and academic performance in high school.

 

Students participating in the Ohio University Educational Benefits Program, recipients of full athletic scholarships, and Rankin Scholars 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 are not eligible for the OHIO Trustee Award. Additional restrictions may apply, and the program is subject to change.