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The OHIO Match

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You make a gift. We'll make it more.

When you give to scholarships for OHIO's undergraduate students, your gift could be matched 50¢ on the dollar!

With The OHIO Match, you get more for your gift and students make more of their futures. In the face of dwindling state support and rising interest rates for student loans, future Bobcats depend on us to help bridge the gap and keep tuition costs down.

OHIO has dedicated $25 million to strengthen the University’s endowed scholarship program. The Ohio University Board of Trustees recently extended the program deadline from June 30, 2020. Now, through June 30, 2024, we are using these funds to match 50 percent of EVERY gift and pledge payment made to eligible scholarship endowments.* 

Private funds provide the lion's share of scholarship dollars for OHIO students. Providing access and opportunity to any student seeking an education is core to OHIO's mission. Together, we can reach that goal.

You can make a gift of any amount to a University- or college-wide match-eligible scholarship online. Visit the online giving page and select any *asterisked scholarship fund.

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To talk to a Development Officer about endowing and naming a new match-eligible scholarship, email  giving@ohio.edu  or call 800-592-3863.

Read more about the Scholarship Matching Program
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Scholarship Matching Program Criteria [Word]

 Endowment Gift/Pledge   Ohio Match   Total Endowment   Annual Award*
  $15,000†   $7,500   $22,500   $900
  $25,000   $12,500   $37,500   $1,500
  $67,000   $33,500   $100,500   $4,000
  $100,000   $50,000   $150,000   $6,000
  $200,000   $100,000   $300,000   $12,000
  $250,000   $125,000   $375,000   $15,000
  $400,000   $200,000   $600,000   $24,000

* Annual Award is projected and represents a 4 percent spending allocation based upon a 36-month rolling average of the endowment’s value. Actual award amounts are contingent upon pledge payment schedule and market performance.
† Regional campuses only.


Scholarship Matching Program examples

Dr. Wayne Pletcher, BS ’66, and his wife, Dr. Carol Pletcher
Alumnus’ Bobcat experience inspires giving through The OHIO Match


Patty (Proebstle) Pae and Monique (Means) McDonough
Alumnae team up to support, honor women in business through The OHIO Match
Hall Scholarship 190
Alumna’s devotion to music education lives on in scholarship created through OHIO Match
Lillian Zarzar
Alumna, faculty member extends support to Lancaster campus students through The OHIO Match
Man and woman posing
Communications grad gives back to beloved alma mater
Man and woman in wedding dress posing in front of OHIO building
Two hearts give as one