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. All incoming freshmen who apply by the extended early action deadline of December 3 and earn admission will automatically be considered for the program. Applicants who submit a complete application, including the application form and all required supporting materials, after December 3 will be considered for all University scholarships, as availability permits.
OHIO Signature Awards FAQs
All incoming freshmen who apply by the extended early action deadline of December 3 and earn admission will automatically be considered for the OHIO Signature Awards. This scholarship 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. Applicants who submit a complete application, including the application form and all required supporting materials, after December 3 are considered for all University scholarships, as availability permits. To be considered for the need-based awards, the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received by Ohio University by January 15, 2020. Students may be considered for need-based aid on a rolling basis after the priority date of January 15. No separate form is required.
Merit scholarships are based on information that Undergraduate Admissions collected when you submitted the 2020-2021 Application for Admission and Scholarships (and supporting materials). Updated materials, such as test scores, can be accepted for scholarship consideration through January 15, 2020. OHIO may continue to make scholarship awards using updated credentials received after January 15 on an individual basis. Need-based awards are based on your FAFSA, which must be received by the priority consideration date of January 15, 2020. Comprehensive financial aid award letters, mailed on a rolling basis beginning in mid-February, will list all need-based awards in addition to merit-based scholarships.
The highest cumulative high school GPA (weighted or unweighted, standardized to 4.0 scale) and highest test score submitted with your Application for Admission and Scholarships will be used for scholarship considerations. The composite score of the ACT or the SAT total will be considered.
You will be notified by postal mail when you have been awarded any portion of the the OHIO Signature Awards Program. Initial merit-based award letters are mailed to admitted students on a rolling basis beginning in December. If you are eligible for any of the need-based awards, including those that blend merit and need, you will be notified in your comprehensive financial aid award letter, which will be mailed beginning in February. This award letter will include federal, state, and other institutional financial aid offered to you.
Award recipients must submit their housing contracts (or commuter application) and housing deposit on or before May 1, 2020, to accept the award. Program funding for recipients who submit their housing contracts and deposits after May 1, 2020, will be contingent on availability.
Yes! Ohio University must receive your FAFSA results by January 15, 2020, if you would like to be considered for the need-based portion of the OHIO Signature Awards. Admitted students whose FAFSA results are received after January 15 will be considered for need-based OHIO Signature Awards as availability permits.
You can complete the 2020–2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1, 2019, using 2018 tax data. Ohio University’s FAFSA school code is 003100. Submit the FAFSA at https://fafsa.gov or using the myStudentAid mobile app. You may download the mobile app in the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android). Log into myFAFSA as a student using your FSA ID. Parents or guardians can log in using their FSA IDs and select the parent role to complete that portion of the FAFSA.
The OHIO Trustee Award is a scholarship that is available to eligible non-resident (out-of-state) students.
Out-of-state students are eligible to be considered for most OHIO Signature Awards. The OHIO Gateway Scholarship is available only to students who are residents of Ohio for tuition purposes.
The OHIO Trustee Award is for out-of-state students and is awarded in addition to other OHIO Signature awards for which you may qualify. International students are eligible to be considered for the merit-based portions of the OHIO Signature Awards.
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 the 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. For renewal criteria, please refer to your scholarship award letter.
All OHIO Signature Awards are renewable for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study (two semesters per academic year). Most awards require students to enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. Please note that a student must complete an average of 15 hours per semester to graduate within four academic years. Renewal criteria vary by individual award. Please refer to your scholarship award letter for the details specific to your awards(s). Merit-based awards bear specific academic performance criteria for renewal, such as grade-point average (GPA). Need-based awards, including those that are blended with merit, are renewable contingent upon continued demonstration of financial need via the results of the annual FAFSA. FAFSA results must be received annually by January 15 for priority consideration. Consequently, any need-based OHIO Signature Award may vary in amount each year.
Yes! Limited other scholarships are available for first-year students. Award letters, which will be mailed beginning in February, will include any OHIO Signature Awards and all federal, state, and other institutional aid for which you may qualify.