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Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Ohio University Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships has information regarding financial aid available to OHIO students. While the OHIO Southern Student Services Office is available to answer all of your questions and help you secure financial aid, your financial aid package will be processed on our main campus in Athens. Please stop by the OHIO Southern Student Services Office or visit the main campus Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.

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FAFSA Overview

In order to receive federal grants and loans as well as qualify for need-based scholarships, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This online government application qualifies students for federal aid based on financial qualifications. The FAFSA is available on October 1 of each year for the following summer, fall, and spring semesters using two previous years tax information. It is important that students remember to complete the FAFSA each year with their same FSA ID.

To attend the Southern campus, it is recommended students use both the OHIO Southern school code (003103) and the Athens campus school code (003100) on the FAFSA.

Students who are under the age of 24, not married, without dependents, not veterans, and do not have special circumstances that demonstrate a separation from the student’s biological parents are considered dependent students and must use their parent’s financial information on the FAFSA.

The OHIO Southern Student Services Office is happy to assist you with your financial aid questions and completion of your FAFSA. 

Fill out the FAFSA

Other Forms of Aid

Grants

Many OHIO Southern students qualify for the Pell Grant or other grants upon completion of the FAFSA. Grants are considered gift aid and do not have to be repaid. Although grants are a very desirable source of financial aid, the availability of grants is generally limited to students with the greatest need.

Loans

Upon completion of the FAFSA, most OHIO Southern students also qualify for Federal Student Loans. Though parental information may be considered to determine how much a student may receive, these loans are in the student’s name and not in the parent’s name. There are two main types of Federal Student Loans that students may receive.

  • The subsidized loan is available to students who qualify financially. For this loan, the federal government pays the interest on the loan while the student is in school at least half-time (six hours).
  • The unsubsidized loan is available to students regardless of financial need. For this loan the interest begins accruing from the time the loan is disbursed. While you may allow your interest to accumulate until repayment begins, it is recommended that students make regular interest payments, if possible.

For both of these loans, repayment begins six months after the student graduates or stops attending school.

Award Letters

An award letter is the amount of financial aid OHIO can offer to each student based on that student’s financial and academic eligibility. Award letters can be found by logging into the Student Center and clicking “View Financial Aid” under the Finances section.

An award letter is only available if the student has completed the FAFSA and the verification process, if required. If an award letter is available, students will have the option to accept or decline their offer which may include scholarships, grants, loans, or other forms of financial aid. Students should visit the OHIO Southern Student Services Office with questions or concerns regarding their award letter.

Scholarships

Scholarships can help a student meet all the expenses connected with a college education. Some scholarships are for tuition only while others may help with tuition and (once the tuition commitment has been met) assist students with books and supplies.

Applying for Scholarships at Ohio University

All upper-class students should apply for scholarships at OHIO (Athens or Southern) through the Online Scholarship Application. Students who are selected for an Ohio University scholarship for the upcoming academic year will be notified by June 1st by postal mail.

New freshmen students are automatically considered for scholarships when they are admitted to OHIO Southern. Students who completed the ACT or SAT should also assure their scores are sent to OHIO Southern, as this is a requirement for some scholarships. Since many scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, students should also complete the FAFSA. It is recommended that incoming students complete the application process and FAFSA by January 1st to assure their information is processed by the priority deadline. The priority deadline is January 31st for freshmen applicants, and February 1st for upper-class applicants.

Available Scholarships at OHIO Southern

Scholarships with Supplemental Material

Some scholarships require additional information beyond what is required in the admission application for freshmen, or the online scholarship application for upperclassmen. The additional information forms are listed below, as well as under the individual scholarship's description.

All Scholarships

(Sorted alphabetically)

A

Ronald and Charles Howard Abbott Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full or part time

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled at Ohio Southern
  • Graduate of Dawson Bryant High School in Coal Grove, OH
  • Demonstrate financial need
ACTION: Psychology Club Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Must be a psychology major
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
American Association of University Women Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Female recipient
  • Must be a sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Attending the OUS Campus.
Clifford E. and Jean Peters Allen Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full or part time

Qualifications:

  • Lawrence County undergraduate attending OUS
  • Based on need and academic performance

B

Beddall Family Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications: Student attending OUS.

Les Boggs Nursing Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Student residing in Lawrence County, Ohio
  • Majoring in Nursing at OUS
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Non-renewable

C

Coal Grove Betterment Club Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

Decision made by Coal Grove Betterment Club president, a Coal Grove High School and an Ohio University Southern representative.

Citizen's Deposit Bank Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications: 

  • Must attend OHIO Southern Campus
  • Majoring in accounting, business or finance
  • Must reside in Lawrence or Scioto counties in Ohio
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Must demonstrate financial need
The Brittany Clark Boles Memorial Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full or part time

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled at Ohio Southern in the either the ADN or BSN nursing programs
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need.
Mary G. Colfer Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Lawrence County undergraduate attending OUS
  • Education major
The Mattie Conley Pre-Nursing Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled at Ohio Southern as a pre-nursing student
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need
Lyndall Cox Rapp Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Recipients must be residents of Lawrence County, Ohio attending the Southern Campus
  • Third- or fourth-year students in the College of Education
  • Preference will be given to non-traditional female(s) with a child or children
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Financial need will be considered as a tie breaker among two or more candidates

D

Carlton E. Davidson Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications: Lawrence County, OH undergraduate attending OUS.

W.F. Dickens Family Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled at OHIO Southern
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • First preference given to science major
  • Second preference to business or accounting major
Dingus Family Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Graduating high school senior residing in Lawrence County
  • Must be a first generation college student
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Non-Renewable
Dorado Family Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Lawrence County, OH resident enrolled at OUS
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • It is desirable, but not required, that the scholarship recipient be involved in some community service

The scholarship will be renewable as long as the student maintains a 3.0 GPA.

E

Bernard Edwards Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled at OHIO Southern
  • Graduate of Fairland, Chesapeake or Symmes Valley High School in Lawrence County, OH
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Non-renewable
Don Edwards Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled at OHIO Southern
  • Graduate of a Lawrence County, OH high school
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Non-renewable
Evans Family Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Graduating high school senior residing in Lawrence County, OH
  • First generation college student
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Additional application needed and 300-500 word essay on "Why I want to go to college"
  • Non-renewable

F

Clarence and Grace Marie Feil Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full or part time

Qualifications: Awarded to OUS student with a minimum 3.0 GPA

First Star Tri-State Region Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Must attend OUS majoring in business
  • Must be a graduate of Gallia, Lawrence or Scioto County, Ohio High Schools
  • Minimum 3.4 GPA
Frankfurt Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time
Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate attending OUS
  • Must be a resident of Kentucky or West Virginia
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
Freshman Academic Merit Scholarship

Details:

  • Competitively awarded
  • Waives one-half of tuition for the first year
  • May be renewable for three additional years
  • Selection will be based on standardized test scores, class standing, GPA and strength of curriculum

Required enrollment: Full time (15 hours)

Qualifications:

  • Awarded to current high school seniors planning to attend Ohio University Southern the following fall semester
  • Minimum 23 ACT or equivalent SAT
Freshman Excellence Scholarship

Details:

  • Competitively awarded
  • Waives full tuition for the first year
  • May be renewable for three additional years
  • Selection will be based on standardized test scores, class standing, GPA and strength of curriculum.

Required enrollment: Full time (15 hours)

Qualifications:

  • Awarded to current high school seniors planning to attend Ohio University Southern the following fall semester
  • Minimum 25 ACT or equivalent SAT
Freshman Leadership Scholarship

Details:

  • Waives $1000 of tuition for first year
  • May be renewable for three additional years
  • Competitively awarded

Required enrollment: Full time (15 hours)

Qualifications:

  • Awarded to current high school seniors planning to attend Ohio University Southern the following fall semester.
  • Minimum 21 ACT or equivalent SAT
  • 3.0 GPA
Fruth Pharmacy Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Incoming freshman
  • Must reside in Lawrence County, OH
  • First preference given to first generation college student
  • Second preference based on financial need

G

Barry W. Gillum Nursing Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Must be in the OUS ADN program
  • Demonstrate financial need

First preference given to Boyd County, KY residents.

H

The Zelma S. Holmes Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled at OHIO Southern
  • Reside in Lawrence County, OH or Boyd County, KY
  • Demonstrate financial need and academic merit
  • Incoming freshmen must have a minimum 3.0 GPA; continuing students must maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate community service.
Jule Huffman Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • OUS undergraduate majoring in Electronic Media
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

I

India Association Scholarship by Dr. B.R. Yalamanchili

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate attending OUS
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA upon high school graduation or 2.5 GPA at OUS, whichever is most recent
  • Must provide an essay (300-500 words) on "Indian Culture and Philosophy"

Freshman India Association Scholarship

Upperclassman India Association Scholarship

Ironton Child Welfare Club Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full or part time

Qualifications:

  • Must be non-traditional female residing in Lawrence County attending OUS
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
Ironton Co-Operative Club Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full or part time

Qualifications:

  • Graduate or undergraduate female attending OUS
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
Ironton Empowerment Zone Service Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Must live in the Ironton Empowerment Zone (Railroad to Spruce and the floodwall to US 52)
  • Based on academic potential and financial need
  • Service component required (100 hours)
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
Ironton Jr. Women's Club Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full or part time

Qualifications:

  • Female undergraduate attending OUS
  • Must be single parent or non-traditional student over the age of 25

J

Charles W. Jarrett Memorial Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled at Ohio Southern
  • Demonstrates financial need and academic merit
  • Preference given to a first-generation college student
Dixie Ann Johnson/Yalamanchili Scholarship

Required Enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Must be a graduate of Paul Blazer High School attending OUS
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Preference given to math majors
  • Non-renewable

K

Kadim Family Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Graduating high school senior residing in Lawrence County, OH
  • Science major
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Non-renewable
Melissa Dae Kennedy Memorial Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • 18-24 year old undergraduate attending OUS
  • Resident of Kentucky and
  • High school GPA of 2.0-3.0
  • Preference given to Boyd County High School graduates
Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship Waiver

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Must attend OUS
  • Awarded to graduates from high schools from the following Kentucky counties: Boyd, Carter, Elliot, Fleming, Greenup, Lawrence, Lewis Mason and Rowan
  • Awarded up through a maximum of five years after high school graduation
  • Recipients will be required to send a copy of eligibility letter to Office of Student Services
  • Renewable with an accumulative 2.5 OU GPA

L

The Lawrence County Bar Association Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full or part time

Qualifications: Enrolled at Ohio Southern and reside in Lawrence County, OH.

Little Lambs Scholarship in Memory of Rachel Ann Marie Delaney

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident attending OUS enrolled in the nursing program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Second-year nursing student
  • Preference given to students interested in mother-baby, neonatal, or pediatric nursing
  • Essay required

M

Dick Martin Memorial Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Must attend OUS
  • Majoring in electronic media
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Non-renewable
Judge Frank McCown Veterans Memorial Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in and accepted at Ohio University Southern
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Preference will be given to dependents of veterans
  • Supplemental material required (see below)


Freshman Judge Frank McCown Veterans Memorial Scholarship

Upperclassman Judge Frank McCown Veterans Memorial Scholarship

O

Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Must major in nursing at OUS
  • Must reside in Greenup, Boyd, Carter, Lawrence, Elliot or Lewis counties in Kentucky, Scioto or Lawrence County in Ohio, Wayne or Cabell County in WV
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
OUS Faculty & Staff Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate attending OUS
  • Must maintain 3.3 GPA
  • Based on academic merit
  • Non-renewable
OUS Technology Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

P

Dr. Nicole Pennington Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled at Ohio Southern in the nursing program
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

Q

Quality Care Nursing, INC Nursing Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Must major in nursing or a medical related field at OUS
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Graduate of a Lawrence, Scioto, or Gallia County, OH high school
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Preference given to staff of Quality Care Nursing or their relatives
Queen-Utsinger Academic Team Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Must be a member of the OUS Academic Team
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

R

Bob and Kay Rader Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Must be majoring in equine studies or education at OUS
    • First consideration goes to Equine Studies Major
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
Don Ray Broadcasting Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full or part time

Qualifications: Enrolled at Ohio Southern in electronic media

Regional Higher Education Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate attending OUS
  • Minimum 3.3 GPA
  • Must have earned a minimum of 24 credit hours
Winona Reynolds Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications: Student attending OUS pursuing degree in special education

H. B. Doc Riley, Chapter 51, Disabled American Veterans Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Lawrence County undergraduate with a disabled veteran in their family
  • Recipient must attend OUS
  • Must submit an essay on "The Importance of the Military to the USA"
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Freshman HB Doc Riley, Ch. 51 Disabled American Veterans Scholarship

Upperclassman HB Doc Riley, Ch. 51 Disabled American Veterans Scholarship

Rollyson/RAP/Belville Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full or part time

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate student attending OUS
  • Reside in Lawrence or Scioto County, OH
  • Must demonstrate continued advancement, financial need, and academic merit

S

Ben Saunders Memorial Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Recipients must be degree-seeking and enrolled in or accepted for admission to OUS
  • Must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Minimum 3.3 GPA
  • Preference given to students majoring in history
  • Recipients chosen principally on academic performance or potential
Harold Wesley Shafer Memorial Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Must be a graduating senior
  • Minimum 24 ACT
  • 3.0 GPA
  • First preference given to an Ironton, OH or Raceland, KY high school graduate
Bob Smith Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications: First preference given to electronic media student

Greg Smith Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Chesapeake, Fairland, South Point, or Symmes Valley High School and attending the Proctorville Center
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Scholarship will rotate among qualifying schools
  • Additional application is required
  • Non-renewable
The Roy F. Smith Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled at OHIO Southern
  • Must be a graduate of Fairland High School
  • Must be involved in community service
  • Preference given if in top 25 % of graduating class
Southern Ohio Medical Center Nursing Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Majoring in Nursing at OUS
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Graduate of a Scioto County high school
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Non-renewable

T

The Thomas Family Endowment

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled at OHIO Southern in a business related program
  • Graduate of a Lawrence County, OH high school
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Preference give to Rock Hill High School graduate
Harold K. Thomas and Lena Thomas Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full or part time

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled at Ohio Southern
  • Reside in Lawrence County
  • Awarded on basis of financial need and academic merit
Richard L. Thornton Memorial Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Must be a student majoring in electronic media with 30 or more hours earned
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • Renewable up to one year
Trumbo Family Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications: Lawrence County undergraduate attending OUS

V

Dr. Tony and Mary L. Virgin Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Student majoring in the social science or health field
  • Must be a Lawrence County resident
  • Minimum 3.4 GPA

W

Thomas Edwin Wilkes Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Must be enrolled at OUS majoring in speech or theatre
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be entering Sophomore year
  • Must reside in Lawrence or Scioto Counties in Ohio, Cabell or Wayne counties in WV, Boyd or Greenup Counties in Kentucky
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
Willis Family Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full or part time

Qualifications:

  • Lawrence County, OH undergraduate attending OUS
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
Dorothy W. Wolfe Nursing Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Student must be enrolled in the OUS Nursing Program
  • Graduate of Ironton St. Joseph, Ironton, Dawson Bryant, Rock Hill, South Point, Russell or Fairview High School
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
Myrtle E. and Lloyd Wood Memorial Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate attending OUS majoring in education
  • Must be a graduate of a Lawrence County, OH high school
  • Additional application is needed (see below)

Freshman Myrtle E. and Lloyd Wood Memorial Scholarship
 

Upperclassman Myrtle E. and Lloyd Wood Memorial Scholarship

Gwen Worley and Family Memorial Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full time

Qualifications:

  • Awarded to an Ironton High School graduate majoring in equine studies or special education
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

Y

W. Harold and Kathryn L. Young Veterans Scholarship

Required enrollment: Full or part time

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled at OHIO Southern
  • Veteran or member of a veteran’s family
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Preference given to Lawrence County, OH residents
  • Demonstrate financial need

Contact Us

Primary

Jacki Adkins
Assistant Director of Regional Financial Aid
Student Services, Collins Center - Southern
740.533.4603
adkinsj@ohio.edu

Secondary

Martha Tanedo, M.A.
Assistant Director of Regional Financial Aid
Bennett Hall - Room 134D
740.774.7733
tanedo@ohio.edu

Secondary

Vicki DeLucas
Assistant Director of Regional Financial Aid
Elson Hall - Room 141
740.588.1441
delucas@ohio.edu