Ohio University

Scholarship Programs

Templeton Scholars Program

The 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.

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

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.

 

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.

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.

OHIO Promise Award

This four-year renewable scholarship is awarded to students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who can contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and social diversity of Ohio University. Recipients of the award also have access to a variety of student support services provided by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Students must be admitted to Ohio University. No additional application is necessary for consideration. Students who are offered the OHIO Promise scholarship award will need to sign a Contract of Agreement to receive the award. The Promise award is shown as “Diversity Contract” on the “To Do List” on the student portal. It cannot be accepted online. To accept the Contract of Agreement, please sign, scan and email to diversity@ohio.edu; fax to 740-593-2920; or mail to Ohio University, Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR), Attn: Promise Award, 1 Ohio University, 31 S Court St, Rm 143, Athens, OH 45701 

To receive a duplicate copy of the Contract of Agreement, please email diversity@ohio.edu.

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 continues 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.