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Student scholarships do more than just bring the best and brightest to Ohio University - they help keep them here. Thanks to the generous support of private donors, Ohio University has more than 950 scholarship opportunities. Your donations - both annual gifts and endowment gifts - help make these scholarships possible.

Here are just a few of the scholarships that Ohio University offers:

Appalachian Scholars Program

Cutler Scholars Program

The Gates Foundation – Ross County Scholar's Fund

The Green and White Scholarship Fund

Urban Scholars Program

OHIO Alumni Association and Affinity Group Scholarships

To search for scholarships awarded at Ohio University or to view a complete list, please visit the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

(Please note that not all scholarship funds are able to receive gifts. Please contact 1-800-592-FUND or for information about donating to a specific scholarship).

Appalachian Scholars Programs

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Established in 2006, OHIO's Appalachian Scholars program is a need-based scholarship initiative that supports high school students from 29 Appalachian counties in Ohio. Ohio University recognizes its unique position in and responsibility to southeastern Ohio. Nearly 36 percent of undergraduate students enrolled at Ohio University, including the main campus and regional campuses, are from the 29 Appalachian counties supported by the program.

Home to a large portion of the Ohio's economically disadvantaged students, sixty-five percent of Appalachian high school seniors surveyed said lack of finances is a primary barrier to attending college. These students are forced to choose between amassing staggering debt or abandoning the dream of college; the fact that only 12 percent of Ohio's Appalachian residents have a college degree – less than half the national average – clearly demonstrates the choice they are forced to make.

The program provides academically qualified students with a four-year renewable scholarship, an annual book stipend, a summer pre-matriculation program, and a host of other resources and support systems to help them succeed and realize their potential at Ohio University.

To make a gift to support the Appalachian Scholars program, please click HERE and select "Appalachian Scholars" in the gift designation drop-down box.

For more information on the Appalachian Scholars program, please visit the Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention.

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Cutler Scholars Program

Cutler Scholars Program

The Manasseh Cutler Scholars Program is a merit based scholarship program that is designed to emphasize leadership potential and civic responsibility. The program needs the support of alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to reach its goal of funding 200 Cutler Scholars.

Each endowed Cutler Scholars Award will bear the name of the benefactor who endows it, or the donor can name an award in honor of someone of his or her choice. The recipient of the award will be known as the "Benefactor's Name (or honoree name)-Manasseh Cutler Scholar," and each Scholar will carry the name in perpetuity. The endowment principal for each named Cutler Scholars Award must be sufficient to fully fund at least one student and to support a portion of the costs of the operation of the program.

Designations to the Cutler Scholars Program may be made in the form of cash or other marketable assets such as appreciated securities, real estate, or gifts-in-kind. Bequests, income trusts, or other deferred plans are also welcomed.

View a list of the current donors

Make your gift to the Cutler Scholars Program

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The Gates Foundation – Ross County Scholar's Fund

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Founded by Chillicothe native Larry Gates and his wife, Mary, the Gates Foundation helps Ross County students realize their future at OHIO through a major scholarship fund, which will eventually total around $10M.

Eligible students include graduates of Adena Local, Chillicothe City, Huntington Local, Paint Valley Local, Southeastern, Union-Scioto Local, and Zane Trace Local school districts. Students will have attended their entire senior year at the high school from which they graduate or will be home schoolers who have been aligned with the Ross County schools. They must also be entering an institution of higher education within four months of their high school graduation.

The scholarships are available to students wishing to attend ANY accredited, bricks-and-mortar institution of higher learning.

Click HERE for more information or to apply.

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The Green and White Scholarship Fund

Ohio University maintains a scholarship fund for crises experienced by OHIO students and their families. Each year, several students face serious financial challenges, such as a parent's unemployment, medical expenses from an illness, or impacts from natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes and earthquakes. Ohio University wants to ensure that no student has to forgo their education because of such situations, which is why the Green & White Scholarship Fund exists. This fund provides $1,000 scholarships to offset tuition for full-time students who are experiencing financial hardships. Your support can help ensure that these types of devastating situations do not also destroy a student's education.

To make a gift to support the Green & White Scholarship Fund, please click here and select "Other" in the gift-designation drop-down box. Then write "Green & White Scholarship" in the "Other" field.

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Urban Scholars Program

The Urban Scholars Program is a need-based scholarship program designed for high school graduates of urban school districts in Ohio. The program provides scholarship support to students from disproportionately represented groups with demonstrated financial need, excellent academic achievement, and the desire and motivation to succeed.

Increasing costs coupled with decreasing state support mean more of the financial burden of higher education is placed on students. The State of Ohio's average in-state tuition cost has increased by 13.4 percent on university main campuses over the past three years.

Urban school districts in Ohio serve a large portion of the state's economically disadvantaged and minority students. One survey demonstrated that nearly 50 percent of all college-qualified, low-income high school graduates cite cost factors as being a primary reason they do not go to college. The Urban Scholars program was designed help combat that growing trend.

For each student selected, the program includes a four-year renewable scholarship, an annual book stipend and participation in an annual leadership seminar. Those students also will receive funding to attend an approved professional conference in their junior years, internship opportunities, and technology and research training.

To make a gift to support the Urban Scholars program, please click HERE and select "Urban Scholars" in the gift-designation drop-down box.

For more information on the Urban Scholars program, please visit the Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention.


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OHIO Alumni Association Scholarships

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Legacy Scholarship

Founded in 2003, the Legacy Scholarship helps children and grandchildren of Ohio University alumni continue the Bobcat tradition.

Judith Johnson Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2007 for students working for Ohio University's Division of Advancement.

Golden Alumni Society Scholarship

Endowed in 1985 by the class of 1935, this scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student on the Athens campus with a GPA of at least 3.0.

Student Alumni Board Scholarship

For full-time juniors with a GPA of at least 3.3. Achievement and merit are considered as well as time, talent, and energy in positive campus activities.

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OHIO Affinity Group Scholarships

Akron Association of Ohio University Women

Lillie Greer Scholarship Fund: Established in 1997 in honor of Lillie Greer, one of the founders of the Akron Association of Ohio University Women, this scholarship is for students in the Honors tutorial College who demonstrate financial need. It is intended for a resident of Summit County; if no qualified applicant from Summit County exists, a qualified applicant may be selected from residents of Stark, Medina, Portage, or Wayne counties. Default GPA of 3.4 is required.

Greater Cincinnati Chapter

Greater Cincinnati Alumni Chapter Scholarship: Recipients must be from the Greater Cincinnati area and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate financial need.

Ohio University Women's Club of Greater Cleveland

Freshman Scholarship Fund: Established in 1986, this scholarship is for full-time incoming freshmen women from the greater Cleveland area of Ohio. Applicants must have earned at least a 25 ACT and/or 1140 SAT and have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA on a scale of 4.0 for six semesters.

Ruth Fowler Brown Upper-Class Endowed Scholarship Fund: Endowed in honor of Ruth Fowler Brown, the founder and past president of the Ohio University Women's Club of Greater Cleveland, this scholarship is restricted to female upper-class students who have received the OUWC Freshman Scholarship. A minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA is required.

Central Ohio Chapter

Central Ohio Chapter Ohio University Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship: Recipient should be a full-time undergraduate student at the Athens campus. The recipient should have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, be a resident of Franklin, Madison, Delaware or Union counties, and be the son or daughter of an Ohio University alumnus.

Dayton Chapter Network

Dayton Chapter OU Alumni Association Scholarship Fund: Established in 1978, the recipient of this scholarship must be a full-time undergraduate student from the Greater Dayton Area.

Fairfield County Chapter

Fairfield County Ohio University Alumni Scholarship Fund: Recipients must be residents of Fairfield County unless they are children or grandchildren of members of the Fairfield County Chapter Ohio University Alumni Association. Recipients may hold any class rank including incoming freshmen. The value of the scholarship will not exceed the cost of tuition and/or estimated cost of books. This is a renewable scholarship. The minimum amount awarded is $500.

Nation's Capital Chapter

Nation's Capital Chapter Scholarship Fund: This scholarship is awarded each year to a student from the Washington DC area (DC/MD/VA) attending Ohio University.

Joseph M. Lichtenberg Memorial Scholarship: Established in 1992, this scholarship is designated for full-time juniors or seniors majoring in journalism within the College of Communication. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 within their major. Selections are made by the School of Journalism Scholarship Committee.

North Carolina & South Carolina Chapter Network

Carolinas Scholarship Fund: Established in 2003, this scholarship is intended for a resident of either North Carolina or South Carolina.

College of Business

College of Business SAF Fund: Established in 2003, the College of Business Society of Alumni and Friends Fund is meant to supplement the dean's discretionary fund.

E.W. Scripps Society of Alumni and Friends

Scripps Journalism Internship Scholarship: This scholarship fund started in 2009 to help defray the costs of internships for students in the School of Journalism. The goal is to raise enough money in the next four years to get the scholarship endowed so that it can distribute money in perpetuity.

Ohio University School of Music Society of Alumni and Friends

School of Music Society Scholarship Fund: This scholarship is intended for a full-time undergraduate majoring in an academic area of the School of Music. Student must demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of at least 3.0.

School of Music Society Operating Expense Fund (not tax deductible): This fund is committed to supporting alumni events and society activities within the School of Music.

Society of Alumni and Friends (SAF) for Teacher Education

Robert P. Comer Endowment: This fund is meant to support operating expenses of special projects of the society. Remaining funds in the operating account are to be used for a student award, to be voted on by the society.

The Patton College of Education and Human Services Scholarships: This fund supports the many scholarships offered by The Patton College of Education and Human Services.

Blue Line Boosters Hockey Alumni Society

Established in 1983, the following foundation accounts and scholarships support Ice Hockey at Ohio University:

Ice Hockey Endowment Fund

Ice Hockey Club Foundation Account

Ice Hockey Club Financial Aid Account

John McComb Scholarship

Daniel J. Marazon Scholarship

Ohio University Marching Band Society of Alumni and Friends

Marching Band Endowment Fund: The purpose of the OUMBSAF is to aid and promote the general welfare of the Marching and Alumni Bands, in order to achieve the goals of the Alumni Association and to promote and facilitate the active involvement of alumni and friends of the Alumni Association/Marching Band.

Army ROTC Society of Alumni and Friends

Army ROTC Endowment Fund: Funds from this account are to be used at the discretion of the Professor of Military Science to support the Army ROTC program and scholarships for active members.

Hearing, Speech, and Language Alumni Society

Kala Singh Professional Development Fund: Supports professional development in the School of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences by providing resources for research, travel, and equipment.


Hillel at Ohio University

Hillel at Ohio University's 1938 Fund: Hillel at Ohio University has established The 1938 Fund as a way to create a culture of giving with Jewish seniors who've been positively affected by Hillel and Jewish life on campus. We're encouraging Jewish seniors to make a gift of $19.38 to the Konneker Alumni Center -- this number coinciding with the date of Hillel at Ohio University's founding. Funds raised via The 1938 Fund will be allocated for alumni relationship building, parlor meetings and Homecoming events that engage Jewish alumni, and other such opportunities that recognize the importance of supporting and celebrating Jewish life on campus.

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