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Scholarships + Financial Aid

From loans to scholarships to employment opportunities, the Russ College is committed to helping you find ways to make your education affordable. We prioritize investing in students, so we offer scholarships, development funds, and research stipends, and we publicize outside funding sources all year long.

All new students are automatically considered for scholarship awards (see below). The transformational $124 million estate gift in 2008 from our namesakes, Fritz, B.S.E.E. ’42, H.O.N. ’75, and Dolores Russ, created several unique opportunities, including the Russ Vision Scholarship, which is available to select students, and the OHIO Russ Impact Scholarship, a full-tuition OHIO signature award for highest-achieving eligible OHIO Signature Scholars who are admitted to and enroll in a Russ College degree program.

Special endowment funds also were established to help students develop into meta-engineers – highly skilled but well-rounded professionals with leadership and professional attributes that equip them to go out into the world and create for good. As a Russ College student, we invite you to apply for these Russ Vision Funds (see below), allotted for student organizations and leadership, competition teams, undergraduate research experiences, and international study.

Once you're in Athens, the Russ College Office of Professional Experiences can help you find a co-op or internship to provide supplemental income and experience while you earn academic credit, and connect you to campus work-study opportunities.

Scholarship Awards

All new students are automatically considered for scholarship awards. Your application for admission is also your application for scholarships.

In addition to many other scholarships – see a list below – the Russ College offers two unique, renewable scholarships. Both were made possible with the transformative $124 million estate gift to the Russ College by our namesakes, Fritz, B.S.E.E. ’42, H.O.N. ‘75 and Dolores Russ.

Russ VisionandRuss Impact Scholarships are awarded based on ACT and high school GPA. Russ Impact Scholarships are part of the OHIO Signature Awards Program, which provides scholarships to exceptionally high-ability, first-year students based upon their high school grades, ACT or SAT scores, and other factors. Russ Impact and other OHIO Signature Awards offer full in-state tuition. Recipients who are classified as non-residents for tuition purposes also may be eligible for the OHIO Trustee Award, which is a discount applied to the required non-resident surcharge. All students who have completed the standard OHIO application by the early action deadline (December 1) are automatically considered.

Cutler Scholarships are awarded to a very select group of extraordinarily capable and committed students.

Continuing students who wish to be considered for scholarships based upon their accomplishments as students at Ohio University should apply online each winter starting at the university Financial Aid & Scholarships website. The deadline for continuing student scholarship application is February 1. This single application enables your consideration for all scholarships administered by Ohio University.

Scholarships specific to the Russ College are:

  • AIAA Digital Avionics Technical Committee Scholarship
  • ASCE Central Ohio Scholarship
  • William and Cecilia Bees Scholarship
  • Paul H. and Irene C. Black Memorial Scholarship
  • R. Emmett Boyle Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering
  • Jane Cuthbert Burhans Scholarship for Women in Engineering
  • Chairman’s Aviation Scholarship
  • Ohio University Computer Science Club Scholarship
  • Bernard E. and Rosemary P. Cooley Scholarship
  • Engineering and Technology Scholarships for Athens High School
  • James F. Fales Scholarship
  • Dr. Gary M. Graham Memorial Scholarship
  • Karl Hitomi Manufacturing Systems Scholarship
  • David Hoover Memorial Scholarship
  • Helen Hoover Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Curtis M. Johnson Memorial Scholarship in Engineering and Technology
  • Jeff and Janis Jones Scholarship in Computer Science
  • Joan Mace Scholarship
  • Robert N. McCloskey Engineering Scholarship
  • McFarland Electrical Engineering Scholarship
  • Herbert D. and Mark Ian Myers Memorial Aviation Scholarship
  • Reuben M. Olson Engineering Scholarship
  • Ronald L. Patrick Endowed Scholarship
  • Harriet Quimby Scholarship
  • Jodie Price and R.T. Ramsay Scholarship
  • Robert E. Wilkes Scholarship in Electrical Engineering
  • William L. Roberts Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Russ Ross Award Fund in Civil Engineering
  • Guy E. and Alrie M. Roth Memorial Scholarship
  • E. Ralph Sims, Jr., and Jane S. Sims Manufacturing and Materials Scholarship
  • Seubert Scholarship
  • Evan and Melba Williams Endowed Scholarship
  • The Charles Overby – Create for Good With Green Technology by Design Award
  • Captain Nathan Douglass Richeson Memorial Scholarship
  • The Litke Family Aviation Scholarship

Russ Vision Funds

The Russ College goes beyond technical education to produce meta-engineers and -technologists who are poised for leadership and aware of their influence on the world around them. Unique to the Russ College, Russ Vision Funds are available to support students as they pursue activities beyond the classroom that will develop their meta-engineering and technology skills.

These activities might be:

  • Undergraduate research with a faculty member
  • An individual student or student organization’s attendance at a national conference, to network with other chapters and employers and professionals, or present a research paper
  • Support for a competition team learn from putting their technical skills into practice, succeeding and sometimes failing (Use the Russ Vision Competition Participation Fund links provided below to learn about the application guidelines)
  • Leadership activities such as professional development

To apply for funds, complete a proposal and send the appropriate form below to Assistant Dean for Student Services Grace Sallar at 740.593.1573.

Russ Vision Undergraduate Research Fund [Word]
Russ Vision Undergraduate Research Fund - Budget Form [Excel]

Russ Vision Competition Participation Fund [Word]
Russ Vision Competition Participation Fund - Budget Form [Excel]

Russ Vision Conference Participation Fund [Word]
Russ Vision Conference Participation Fund - Budget Form [Excel]

Russ Vision Leadership Development Fund [Word]
Russ Vision Leadership Development Fund - Budget Form [Excel]

Russ Vision Supplies Order Form [Excel]