The Ohio University Incentive Award Program


The Ohio University Incentive Award (OUIA) is a financial award available to disproportionately represented students and is based on academic merit.


Vision and Purpose


The OUIA Program provides valuable educational opportunities designed to enrich the intellectual experiences of from disproportionately represented populations. The program promotes personal, social, cultural, and academic excellence, as well as professional development. This vision is achieved through creative programs, scholarship and character education.




·       Provide support services that lead to students' academic success.

·       Create opportunities for leadership and student engagement.

·       Assist students with career exploration.

·       Encourage participation in campus and community service organizations.


Eligibility Requirements


To be eligible for the OUIA, students must be admitted to Ohio University and have demonstrated academic success in high school. Those who qualify will be notified by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships and the Office for Multicultural Students Access and Retention (OMSAR). Program activities include:

·       LINKS prematriculation program;

·       LINKS workshops, seminars, and classes;

·       Conferences with program director;

·       First-year meetings with a peer mentor; and

·       Academic progress reports.