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John Newton Templeton Scholars Program

The John Newton Templeton Scholars Program is a comprehensive scholarship program designed for academically-talented students. The Templeton Scholars Program honors John Newton Templeton, Ohio University's first African American graduate (Class of 1828) and his legacy with an emphasis on academic excellence, leadership, and campus and community involvement at Ohio University. The four-year renewable scholarship covers in-state tuition and room and board costs. Students must be admitted to Ohio University prior to consideration for the program.

The scholars program offers:

  • Academic Enrichment Opportunities
  • Free Tutoring
  • Global Leadership Certificate
  • OMSAR Academic Enrichment Courses
  • Student Support Advising
  • LINKS First Year Program
  • First Year Peer Mentoring
  • Specialized Living & Learning Community
  • Division-wide Leadership Opportunities
  • Study Abroad Opportunities
  • Community Engagement and Service Opportunities
  • Focused Programming Series
    • Being Black in College
    • LATINX in College
    • OHIO Talks
    • Commuter and Appalachian Network
    • Empower HER
  • Special access to OMSAR campus partners for social and educational programs
    • Multicultural Intersectional Support Programs
    • Nationally Competitive Awards Preparation
    • Counseling & Psychological Services Multicultural Support Groups
    • Office of Global Opportunities Study Abroad Preparation
    • CLDC Career and Leadership Coaching, Job Fairs, Workshops, and Consultation
    • Individual Counseling and Psychological Services Appointments

Requirements:

  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • 30 credits per year
  • 24 Hours Community Service
  • Meet 3 times per semester with OMSAR advisor
  • Participate in enrichment activities
  • 1st year Fall INST 2900
  • 1st year Fall HONORS HC 2400
  • 1st year Spring HONORS HC 2410
  • 2nd year Fall GLC 2010
  • 2nd year Spring GLC 2020
  • 3rd year Fall GLC 3010
  • 3rd year Spring GLC 3020
  • 4th year Fall INST 4900

Harry and Ruth Rankin Scholarship Program

Harry W. (Bill) Rankin earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1947. He met his college sweetheart, Ruth L. Rankin, who also earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1948. Through a shared appreciation for Native American culture, the Rankins provided this gift to fund a selective merit-based scholarship program that is awarded to academically-talented students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who can contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and social diversity of Ohio University. The Rankin Scholarship emphasizes academic excellence, leadership, cultural exchange, and community service.

Students must be admitted to Ohio University prior to consideration for the program.

The scholars program offers:

  • Academic Enrichment Opportunities
  • Free Tutoring
  • Global Leadership Certificate
  • OMSAR Academic Enrichment Courses
  • Student Support Advising
  • LINKS First Year Program
  • First Year Peer Mentoring
  • Specialized Living & Learning Community
  • Division-wide Leadership Opportunities
  • Study Abroad Opportunities
  • Community Engagement and Service Opportunities
  • Focused Programming Series
    • Being Black in College
    • LATINX in College
    • OHIO Talks
    • Commuter and Appalachian Network
    • Empower HER
  • Special access to OMSAR campus partners for social and educational programs
    • Multicultural Intersectional Support Programs
    • Nationally Competitive Awards Preparation
    • Counseling & Psychological Services Multicultural Support Groups
    • Office of Global Opportunities Study Abroad Preparation
    • CLDC Career and Leadership Coaching, Job Fairs, Workshops, and Consultation
    • Individual Counseling and Psychological Services Appointments

Requirements:

  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • 30 credits per year
  • 24 Hours Community Service
  • Meet 3 times per semester with OMSAR advisor
  • Participate in enrichment activities
  • 1st year Fall INST 2900
  • 1st year Fall HONORS HC 2400
  • 1st year Spring HONORS HC 2410
  • 2nd year Fall GLC 2010
  • 2nd year Spring GLC 2020
  • 3rd year Fall GLC 3010
  • 3rd year Spring GLC 3020
  • 4th year Fall INST 4900

Urban Scholars Program

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

Students must be admitted to Ohio University and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who meet the eligibility requirements and who complete the FAFSA by the specified priority date will be contacted and invited to submit the Urban Scholars application by OMSAR. Select candidates will be required to interview on campus.

The scholars program offers:

  • Academic Enrichment Opportunities
  • Free Tutoring
  • Global Leadership Certificate
  • OMSAR Academic Enrichment Courses
  • Student Support Advising
  • LINKS First Year Program
  • First Year Peer Mentoring
  • Specialized Living & Learning Community
  • Division-wide Leadership Opportunities
  • Study Abroad Opportunities
  • Community Engagement and Service Opportunities
  • Focused Programming Series
    • Being Black in College
    • LATINX in College
    • OHIO Talks
    • Commuter and Appalachian Network
    • Empower HER
  • Special access to OMSAR campus partners for social and educational programs
    • Multicultural Intersectional Support Programs
    • Nationally Competitive Awards Preparation
    • Counseling & Psychological Services Multicultural Support Groups
    • Office of Global Opportunities Study Abroad Preparation
    • CLDC Career and Leadership Coaching, Job Fairs, Workshops, and Consultation
    • Individual Counseling and Psychological Services Appointments

Requirements:

  • 2.5 Cumulative GPA
  • 30 credits per year
  • 16 Hours Community Service
  • Meet 3 times per semester with OMSAR advisor
  • Attend and participate in enrichment activities
  • 1st year Fall INST 2900
  • 1st year Fall HONORS HC 2400
  • 1st year Spring HONORS HC 2410
  • 2nd year Fall GLC 2010
  • 2nd year Spring GLC 2020
  • 3rd year Fall GLC 3010
  • 3rd year Spring GLC 3020
  • 4th year Fall INST 4900

Appalachian Scholars Program

The Appalachian Scholars Program is a prestigious merit and need-based scholarship program for high school graduates residing in one of the 32 Appalachian counties of Ohio. The program provides scholarship support to students with demonstrated financial need and academic achievement, coupled with the desire and motivation to succeed.

Students must be admitted to Ohio University and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who meet the eligibility requirements and who complete the FAFSA by the specified priority date will be contacted and invited to submit the Appalachian Scholars application by OMSAR. Select candidates will be required to interview on campus.

The scholars program offers:

  • Academic Enrichment Opportunities
  • Free Tutoring
  • Global Leadership Certificate
  • OMSAR Academic Enrichment Courses
  • Student Support Advising
  • LINKS First Year Program
  • First Year Peer Mentoring
  • Specialized Living & Learning Community
  • Division-wide Leadership Opportunities
  • Study Abroad Opportunities
  • Community Engagement and Service Opportunities
  • Focused Programming Series
    • Being Black in College
    • LATINX in College
    • OHIO Talks
    • Commuter and Appalachian Network
    • Empower HER
  • Special access to OMSAR campus partners for social and educational programs
    • Multicultural Intersectional Support Programs
    • Nationally Competitive Awards Preparation
    • Counseling & Psychological Services Multicultural Support Groups
    • Office of Global Opportunities Study Abroad Preparation
    • CLDC Career and Leadership Coaching, Job Fairs, Workshops, and Consultation
    • Individual Counseling and Psychological Services Appointments

Requirements:

  • 2.5 Cumulative GPA
  • 30 credits per year
  • 24 Hours Community Service
  • Meet 3 times per semester with OMSAR advisor
  • Attend and participate in enrichment activities
  • 1st year Fall INST 2900
  • 1st year Fall HONORS HC 2400
  • 1st year Spring HONORS HC 2410
  • 2nd year Fall GLC 2010
  • 2nd year Spring GLC 2020
  • 3rd year Fall GLC 3010
  • 3rd year Spring GLC 3020
  • 4th year Fall INST 4900

DC-CAP/OHIO Scholars

DC-Cap/OHIO Scholars is a new initiative starting fall of 2021 in collaboration with Admissions, OMSAR, and DC-Cap. In this program, up to twenty first-year students from the DC area will attend OHIO starting fall 2021. DC-CAP will annually select 20 new qualifying scholarship recipients who will receive a DC-CAP scholarship and OHIO institutional aid as a DC-CAP/OHIO Scholar. OHIO will provide annually renewable scholarships to 20 entering first-year students in fall 2021 who are new, qualifying DC-CAP/OHIO Scholars selected by DC-CAP in collaboration with OHIO's Office of Admissions. OHIO will support this cohort of students with extensive academic support services. In partnership with DC public and private charter school systems, DC-CAP provides direct counseling and financial assistance to students who might otherwise never have the opportunity to attend college. Every DC private and public charter high school student is eligible for DC-CAP services.

The scholars program offers:

  • Academic Enrichment Opportunities
  • Free Tutoring
  • Global Leadership Certificate
  • OMSAR Academic Enrichment Courses
  • Student Support Advising
  • LINKS First Year Program
  • First Year Peer Mentoring
  • Specialized Living & Learning Community
  • Division-wide Leadership Opportunities
  • Study Abroad Opportunities
  • Community Engagement and Service Opportunities
  • Focused Programming Series
    • Being Black in College
    • LATINX in College
    • OHIO Talks
    • Commuter and Appalachian Network
    • Empower HER
  • Special access to OMSAR campus partners for social and educational programs
    • Multicultural Intersectional Support Programs
    • Nationally Competitive Awards Preparation
    • Counseling & Psychological Services Multicultural Support Groups
    • Office of Global Opportunities Study Abroad Preparation
    • CLDC Career and Leadership Coaching, Job Fairs, Workshops, and Consultation
    • Individual Counseling and Psychological Services Appointments

Requirements are set by DC-Cap and OHIO Admissions. Please email admissions@ohio.edu for more information.

Ebony Bobcat Network Urban Scholarship Fund

On April 18,2020 OHIO’s Ebony Bobcat Network (EBN) surpassed its $300,000 fundraising goal, endowing its Urban Scholarship Fund in perpetuity and reaching a significant milestone for an alumni group whose roots lie in OHIO’s Urban Scholars Program.

The EBN Urban Scholarship Fund will provide life-changing tuition assistance to students accepted into OHIO’s Urban Scholars Program, which provides scholarships and professional development support to high-achieving students from urban school districts across Ohio.

Ohio University President Emeritus Roderick J. McDavis, BSED ’70, OHIO’s first black president, announced the Urban Scholars Program at his inauguration in September 2004. Launched that semester, the program was tied directly to his goal of increasing campus diversity, an initiative that continued to be embraced by McDavis’ successor, M. Duane Nellis, whose Strategic Pathways to Ohio University’s Future include becoming a national leader for diversity and inclusion.

The EBN formed in the spring of 2010 after some of OHIO’s black alumni met with President McDavis during the Black Alumni Reunion and he called on the graduates to support the Urban Scholars Program with their time, talent and treasure.

To support the Ebony Bobcat Network Scholarship Fund and other Ohio University scholarships, click here.