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OHIO Signature Awards

Fall 2017 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 2017 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 2017 are eligible for consideration to become an OHIO Signature Scholar. The application for admission serves as the application for merit-based scholarships.  

Fall 2017 first-year students with complete applications by December 1, 2016 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 evidence-based reading and writing scores from any test date (ACT writing and SAT essay scores are not considered in the review process for OHIO Signature Awards.) Undergraduate Admissions will consider both new SAT and old SAT scores. While we will continue to superscore (combine subscores from multiple test dates) across the same version of the SAT, we cannot superscore between the new SAT and old SAT.
  • The highest standardized test score and high school GPA (weighted or unweighted) received by Ohio University by January 15, 2017, 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, 2017. 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.

OHIO Achievement Scholarship

Four-year renewable scholarship
Basis of award: Academic merit
Amount of award: $1,000–$7,000 per year

Admitted students must earn a minimum ACT composite score of 24 (or a comparable SAT score) to be considered. 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
Amount of award: $1,000 per year

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 Achievement Scholarship.

 
OHIO Focus Award

Four-year renewable scholarship
Basis of award: Academic merit
Amount of award: Up to $1,000 per year

Admitted students pursuing degrees in selected academic programs who have a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (or a comparable SAT score) are eligible for consideration for this scholarship. 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
Amount of award: Up to 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
Amount of award: Varies

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
Amount of award: Varies

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

 
OHIO Pathway Award

Basis of award: Financial need
Amount of award: Varies

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: Russ College of Engineering and Technology enrollment and academic merit
Amount of award: Varies

The Russ College of Engineering and Technology offers a scholarship that is valued at full in-state tuition when combined with certain other OHIO Signature Awards. The scholarship is 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. Admitted students must earn either a minimum ACT composite score of 32 or a comparable SAT score, and a minimum 3.0 high school g.p.a. for consideration. 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, which is a discount applied to the required non-resident surcharge.

 
OHIO Trustee Award

Four-year renewable discount applied to non-Ohio resident surcharge
Basis of award: Academic merit
Amount of award: $1,000–$7,000 per year

Admitted students must earn a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (or a comparable SAT score) to be considered. 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 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.