The Multicultural Center offers merit based and need based scholarship opportunities to incoming first-year students. In addition to scholarship funding, these programs provide students with resources to support their success at Ohio University. Eligible students who apply to the university by the November 15 early action deadline will receive a separate invitation to apply for these selective scholarship programs.
The John Newton Templeton Scholarship Program
In 1828, John Newton Templeton became OHIO’s first African American graduate—and the fourth nationwide. Arrested in 1835 for teaching other African Americans to read and write, he persevered to become a teacher and a principal. In the spirit of his contributions, the Templeton Scholarship is awarded to incoming first-year students who share Templeton's commitment to building inclusive relationships, community advocacy, and perseverance.
- Maintain 30 credit hours annually
- Maintain 3.0 cumulative GPA
Through a cohort-based experience, the Templeton Scholars Program engages aspiring student leaders who:
- Demonstrate the potential to build relationships that value the breadth of diversity of our community (building inclusive relationships)
- Demonstrate the potential to address issues that impact the success of their communities (community advocacy)
- Recognize that life’s obstacles, difficulties, and setbacks should not deter our commitment to being successful (perseverance).
We hope that, like John Newton Templeton, our scholars go on to become leaders of social change in their communities. We prepare scholars for their future by providing resources and opportunities that are designed to foster academic, social, career, and personal success. These resources and opportunities include:
- Leadership Development Course – Templeton Scholars typically chose to enroll in OHIO’s Intercultural Leadership Development Course in their first semester. This 1 credit hour course is designed to help scholars increase leadership skills, with a focus on understanding how leaders effectively leverage cultural and social differences to positively impact group dynamics and outcomes.
- Peer Mentoring – Templeton Scholars are connected to an upper-class mentor who serve as a bridge to the campus community. Mentors help new scholars navigate their transition to college by connecting them to student organizations, social opportunities, support staff, and academic resources.
- Faculty Mentoring – Templeton Scholars also receive mentorship from a university faculty member. Faculty mentors help students explore their academic interests and connect to academic opportunities that intersect with their passions.
- Academic Coaching – Through OHIO’s Multicultural Center, Templeton scholars are offered opportunities for academic coaching and skill building. Scholars are encouraged to develop an ongoing coaching relationship with our academic support staff. Our staff work closely with the advising offices across the university to support the success of our scholars.
- Career & Professional Development – The Templeton Scholars Program hosts a variety of events and opportunities that prepare students for successful job searches and career outcomes. Students are encouraged to explore how to integrate their passions with their career goals. Examples of events include networking with potential employers, mock job interviews, career panels, LinkedIn workshops, and more.
- Community Impact Project – Templeton Scholars work collaboratively on an experiential learning project that addresses a community need or issue. Based on their own interests and passion areas, scholars are given the support to:
- Explore a community problem
- Develop project ideas for addressing the problem
- Propose their projects to the potentially impacted community
- Work with the community to implement the project
- Assess and report on the project’s impact
- Automatic inclusion in the OHIO Honors Program and access to University honors housing options.
- A merit-based scholarship covering in-state tuition and mandatory fees, room, and board, renewable for four academic years.
The Appalachian Scholars and Urban Scholars Programs
The Appalachian Scholars and Urban Scholars Programs are merit- and need-based scholarship programs for incoming first-year students who reside in one of Ohio’s Appalachian counties or graduated from an urban school district in Ohio. The programs provide scholarship support to students with demonstrated financial need and academic achievement. To be eligible, students must have a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA (highest weighted or unweighted, recalculated to a 4.0 scale), apply to the university by the November 15 early action deadline and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the first-priority date of February 15, 2024.
- Earn 30 credit hours annually, 15 each per fall and spring semester.
- Maintain 2.5 cumulative GPA by end of each academic year
Through the OHIO LINKS Program, the Appalachian Scholars and Urban Scholars Programs operate together to offer a cohort-based experience that supports scholarship recipients’ transition to college and their academic, personal and social success. These opportunities include:
First-Year Special Issues Course
Appalachian Scholars and Urban scholars enroll together in a 1-credit course during their first year. This course is centered on student participation inside and outside the classroom and offers a discussion-based seminar and a customized path to academic enrichment, leadership and planning and professional development.
Appalachian Scholars and Urban Scholars are connected to upperclass mentors who serve as a bridge to the campus community. Mentors help new scholars navigate their transition to college, connecting them to student organizations, social opportunities, support staff and academic resources.
Academic Success Coaching
Through our Multicultural Center, Appalachian Scholars and Urban Scholars are offered opportunities for academic coaching and skill building. Scholars are encouraged to develop an ongoing coaching relationship with our academic support staff. Our academic support staff work closely with the advising offices across the University to support the success of our scholars.
Career & Professional Development
The LINKS program hosts a variety of events and opportunities that prepare students for successful job searches and career outcomes. Examples of events include networking with potential employers, mock job interviews, career panels, LinkedIn workshops and more.
Appalachian Scholars and Urban Scholars are encouraged to engage in community service and engagement opportunities. These opportunities allow students to explore and address issues that impact Appalachian and Urban communities.
The DC/CAP Scholarship Program
Details will be added soon.