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About Scholarships

Funds for academically talented and creatively gifted students are offered by Ohio University through a variety of scholarships. Additionally, the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships awards scholarships that have special criteria. Your freshmen admissions application serves as an automatic application for most possible University scholarships. Upperclassmen who submit a scholarship application are also considered for most possible upperclass scholarships. You also may want to check with your department or academic advisor to see if there are any other scholarships for which you may want to apply.

Because many scholarships also require verification of financial need, all scholarship applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web.

All students interested in obtaining a scholarship must reapply each year, even students who currently have a scholarship.

If you are awarded and accept a scholarship, it means that you agree to abide by any applicable university, federal, and/or state regulations. While scholarship program criteria may vary, the following is generally true for University scholarships excluding some of the Gateway Program Awards. To see if your scholarship has different criteria please review your award offer by logging into your online services/portal at and access the accounts tab.  In the Financial Aid section select the My OHIO Student Center and you will see a link to access your financial aid.

Hours Requirement

Excluding Gateway Scholarship and certain OHIO Signature Scholarship recipients, students must be registered for at least 15 credit hours for each semester during the academic year for which you receive a scholarship. You must earn at least 30 hours for the year.

If you are studying abroad, you must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible to use your Ohio University scholarship:

  1. register for at least 15 hours at Ohio University, or
  2. participate on an official Ohio University exchange program, or
  3. enroll at a foreign institution that is a partner school with Ohio University (a listing of such OU partner institutions which accept Exchange and/or Study Abroad students is provided by the Office of Education Abroad), or
  4. be a full-time student on a study abroad program through another four-year state school in Ohio through the Ohio International Consortium, or
  5. participate in a program offered by a program provider designated as an official affiliate of Ohio University or any organization or consortium of which Ohio University is a member (a listing of these providers is available from the Office of Education Abroad).

In other words, students who study abroad through another American university or program provider not indicated above or enroll through direct enrollment at a foreign school that is not one of our foreign partner schools, will not be eligible to use a scholarship from Ohio University during the term or terms of studies abroad.

If you are on a co-op or internship, the following is required to receive your scholarship:

  1. the work experience must be full time,
  2. you must register for at least one hour of co-op or internship credit, and
  3. the co-op or internship must be approved in writing by the Dean's Office of your college.