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Classified Senate Scholarships

The History of Classified Senate Scholarships

 

For over two decades, Classified Senate has contributed to the support of OHIO's undergraduate students through the awarding of scholarships, which are funded through the sale of OHIO merchandise.

The endowed scholarship program began in 1994 with the creation and sale of the custom designed Ohio University coverlet. Within a few short months of its debut over 2,300 coverlets were sold and an additional 1,500 were ordered. What started as an idea to raise funds to endow one annual scholarship quickly evolved into a highly successful sales campaign that netted more than $60,000 and endowed four annual scholarships.

Since 1996, OHIO's Classified Senate has awarded over 60 scholarships to undergraduate students. Today, Senate awards five, $1,000 scholarships annually. The ever-popular coverlet is still available for sale along with a variety of other OHIO merchandise and 100% of profits go towards future scholarships.

Scholarship Categories

Classified Senate Academic Scholarship (first awarded 1996-97) 

This scholarship is for an undergraduate, full-time (16 hours per semester) student at the Athens campus. Upperclass applicants must have a 3.4 grade point average and minimum 48 credit hours by the end of their freshman year. Freshman applicants must have an ACT score of 28, a SAT score of 1170, and be in the top 20 percent of their high school class.

Classified Senate Ohio University Employee Scholarship (first awarded 1996-97) 


This scholarship is for the spouse or child(ren) of current, retired, or disabled employees. Applicant must be an undergraduate, full-time (16 hours per semester) student at the Athens or any regional campus. Applicants must have a 3.4 grade point average.

Classified Senate Regional Campus Scholarship (first awarded 1996-97) 

This scholarship is for undergraduate, full-time (12 hours per semester) student at a regional campus. Applicant must have a 3.4 grade point average. Scholarships will be awarded at a regional campus in the following order: Chillicothe (1st year), Eastern (Belmont) (2nd year), Lancaster (3rd year), Southern (Ironton) (4th year), and Zanesville (5th year). If there are no applicants who meet the criteria for this scholarship at the current year’s campus, it will be offered to the next campus.

Classified Senate Non-Traditional Scholarship (first awarded 1996-97) 

This scholarship is for an Ohio resident, non-traditional student, defined as being 26 years or older, with an established financial need, must be full-time (12 hours per semester) undergraduate student, at the Athens or any regional campus, with a 2.5 grade point average.

Classified Senate Multicultural Scholarship for Appalachian Students (first awarded 2005-06) 

This scholarship is for an Ohio resident from the following Appalachian counties: Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton, or Washington counties. Applicant must be an American minority (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American or Asian American/Pacific Islander) full-time junior or senior student with an established financial need and a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. This scholarship is for one year and is non-renewable.

On October 17, 1996, four Ohio University students were recognized as the first recipients of the new scholarships. The scholarships and recipients were:

  • CSAC Employee Scholarship was awarded to Alisa Kelley, a Middle Childhood Education major.
  • CSAC Regional Campus Scholarship was awarded to Jimmie Leiffer, a Physics major.
  • CSAC Academic Scholarship was awarded to Jessica Mossack, a Early Childhood Education major.
  • CSAC Non-Traditional Scholarship was awarded to David Roth, a Civil Engineer major.
  • Classified Senate Multicultural Scholarship for Appalachian Students was awarded to Ethan Gates, a Communication Studies major.