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    Top 48 Ohio Scholarships in July 2024

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    Updated: July 17th, 2024

    The state of Ohio gets its name from the Iroquois word “ohi-yo,” which means “great river.” The name “Ohio” just sounds friendly, doesn’t it? Say O-HI-O slowly–it makes you smile for good reason! There are so many wonderful things about this state that everyone should know about, including the amazing Ohio scholarships and resources offered. Check out the following list and apply for what you are eligible for!

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    Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)

    Offered by Ohio Department of Higher Education

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Oct 1, 2024
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Ohio Department of Higher Education

    The Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) is open to Ohio residents in an associate degree, first bachelor’s degree, or nurse diploma program at an eligible…Show More

    The Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) is open to Ohio residents in an associate degree, first bachelor’s degree, or nurse diploma program at an eligible…Show More

    The Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) is open to Ohio residents in an associate degree, first bachelor’s degree, or nurse diploma program at an eligible Ohio or Pennsylvania institution with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $3,750 or less and a maximum household income of $96,000. To apply, interested students must submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by October 1st of the application year. If you're eligible, we encourage you to apply, and wish you good luck! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Oct 1, 2024
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2025
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2025
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    Little Miami Brewing Native American Scholarship Award

    Offered by Bold.org

    1 award worth $2,500
    Deadline Jul 28, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by Bold.org

    Each year, the Little Miami Brewing Native American Scholarship Award seeks to pay tribute to Native American history by providing assistance to the upcoming generation…Show More

    Each year, the Little Miami Brewing Native American Scholarship Award seeks to pay tribute to Native American history by providing assistance to the upcoming generation…Show More

    Each year, the Little Miami Brewing Native American Scholarship Award seeks to pay tribute to Native American history by providing assistance to the upcoming generation of Native students, enabling them to pursue their aspirations in higher education. The scholarship is funded by The Little Miami Brewing Company, who knows that preserving Native American history while uplifting future generations is of utmost importance. Throughout history, the Native American community has faced oppression and neglect, resulting in limited financial resources and a lack of collegiate guidance for individuals of Native American descent. Consequently, Native American students often encounter immense challenges in finding the necessary financial and social support to thrive in college. This scholarship gives The Little Miami Brewing Company a chance to give back and support the Native American collegiate community. It is open to all Native American, college-bound, high school seniors in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. To apply, share your personal journey as a Native American and how your heritage has profoundly influenced your life.Show Less

    1 award worth $2,500
    Deadline Jul 28, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    BigFuture $40k Essay-Free Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $40,000
    Deadline Oct 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Open to US-Based high school students in the class of 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

    Open to US-Based high school students in the class of 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

    Open to US-Based high school students in the class of 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

    1 award worth $40,000
    Deadline Oct 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Apply

    Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Twisted Pink

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Apr 15, 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Twisted Pink

    The Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award is open to young adults who have lost a parent to metastatic breast cancer or have financial hardship…Show More

    The Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award is open to young adults who have lost a parent to metastatic breast cancer or have financial hardship…Show More

    The Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award is open to young adults who have lost a parent to metastatic breast cancer or have financial hardship due to a parent currently living with metastatic breast cancer who wishes to seek higher education as a post-high school graduate. At this time scholarship applications will be considered from individuals living in IN, KY, OH, or TN. To apply for the Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship, submit a written essay about the subject of your choice, no more than five pages in length. Applicants should include proof of nominee qualifications either in the form of an obituary, a copy of the death certificate, or a signed letter from the parents’ medical oncologist. Applications should be submitted to: Twisted Pink – Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award, 8016 Vinecrest Avenue #2, Louisville, KY 40222. Email applications can be sent to [email protected] with the Subject "Jennifer Casey Alderman Legacy Scholarship Award".Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Apr 15, 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Students
    Apply

    Sullivan – Deckard Scholarship Opportunity Program

    Offered by Cleveland State University

    1 award worth Varies
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Cleveland State University

    Are you an incoming Cleveland State University student who has spent time in foster care and is between 17 and 20 years of age? If…Show More

    Are you an incoming Cleveland State University student who has spent time in foster care and is between 17 and 20 years of age? If…Show More

    Are you an incoming Cleveland State University student who has spent time in foster care and is between 17 and 20 years of age? If so, the Sullivan - Deckard Scholarship Opportunity Program may be a great opportunity for you. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to up to 10 incoming CSU students who submit a ~1,000-word personal interest essay, their ACT score, two letters of recommendation, and a transcript. The scholarship can be renewed each semester provided that the recipients maintain good academic standing (minimum 2.5 GPA) and continue to meet the other renewal requirements. If you're an incoming CSU student and have been in foster care, we encourage you to apply. Keep on reading to learn more!Show Less

    1 award worth Varies
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    Macy’s Emergency Scholarship Fund

    Offered by LNESC & Macy's

    Multiple awards worth up to $500
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by LNESC & Macy's

    Are you a college student facing economic hardship? Further, are you residing in California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, or Texas?…Show More

    Are you a college student facing economic hardship? Further, are you residing in California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, or Texas?…Show More

    Are you a college student facing economic hardship? Further, are you residing in California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, or Texas? If so, consider applying for Macy's Emergency Scholarship Fund! The scholarship is open to full-time university students residing in the listed states/regions who are experiencing emergency financial need. Events that will qualify students for this scholarship include the following: change in family income, loss of job, death of an immediate family member, natural disaster, eviction or home foreclosure, burglary, and fire. Each year, the scholarship awards multiple recipients up to $500 to support them during their times of need. If you're a college student in California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, or Texas that has been impacted by an unexpected hardship affecting your education, we encourage you to apply! Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $500
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP)

    Offered by Ohio Department of Higher Education

    Multiple awards worth $1,650
    Expected deadline July 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Ohio Department of Higher Education

    The Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP) provides financial assistance to Ohio students enrolled for at least half-time study (or accepted for enrollment) in an…Show More

    The Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP) provides financial assistance to Ohio students enrolled for at least half-time study (or accepted for enrollment) in an…Show More

    The Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP) provides financial assistance to Ohio students enrolled for at least half-time study (or accepted for enrollment) in an approved Ohio nurse education program. NEALP provides funding for nurses who intend to serve as instructors or students who intend to serve as nurses after graduation. The scholarship accepts applications from January 1 to July 15th of each year. Bear in mind that, to qualify for 100 percent loan cancellation, recipients must serve as a fulltime nurse in Ohio for five years. However, if you're a Buckeye looking to pursue a nursing career, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,650
    Expected deadline July 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Thomas J. Seefred Trust Scholarship

    Offered by Thomas J. Seefred Trust

    Multiple awards worth up to $3,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Thomas J. Seefred Trust

    Are you an Ohio student who has been diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes? If so, the Thomas J. Seefred Scholarship may be a great opportunity for…Show More

    Are you an Ohio student who has been diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes? If so, the Thomas J. Seefred Scholarship may be a great opportunity for…Show More

    Are you an Ohio student who has been diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes? If so, the Thomas J. Seefred Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! The $3,000 scholarship is open to all Ohio residents with Juvenile Diabetes who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree. This scholarship was established in 2005 and is supported by the Thomas J. Seefred Trust. In order to apply, you must complete the online application, submit supporting documentation, and write a 500-word essay on the impact that Juvenile Diabetes has had on you. If you fit the criteria and would like some help paying for college, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $3,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Aug 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Aug 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Mark Neiswander “110” Memorial Scholarship

    Offered by Bold.org

    1 award worth $5,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by Bold.org

    Introducing the Mark Neiswander "110" Memorial Scholarship, a tribute to the remarkable life of a loving father from Urbana, Ohio. Mark's unwavering commitment to his…Show More

    Introducing the Mark Neiswander "110" Memorial Scholarship, a tribute to the remarkable life of a loving father from Urbana, Ohio. Mark's unwavering commitment to his…Show More

    Introducing the Mark Neiswander "110" Memorial Scholarship, a tribute to the remarkable life of a loving father from Urbana, Ohio. Mark's unwavering commitment to his family and community served as his guiding light. Inspired by the electrifying spirit of The Ohio University Marching 110, renowned as the "Most Exciting Band in the Land," this scholarship embodies Mark's tireless work ethic and the essence of the 110%. Mark cherished his tight-knit hometown and believed in giving back. Now, this scholarship aims to empower students from small Ohio towns to pursue higher education. If you're a high school senior or undergraduate student in Ohio who showcases leadership, volunteering experience, or academic excellence, seize this opportunity. To apply, share your pride in being an American, the change you aspire to see in our nation, and how you plan to make that change a reality.Show Less

    1 award worth $5,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    Bryan A. Champion Memorial Scholarship

    Offered by Horticultural Research Institute

    1 award worth up to $1,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Grad Students

    Offered by Horticultural Research Institute

    Bryan A. Champion Memorial Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program in landscape, horticulture, or a related discipline at a…Show More

    Bryan A. Champion Memorial Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program in landscape, horticulture, or a related discipline at a…Show More

    Bryan A. Champion Memorial Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program in landscape, horticulture, or a related discipline at a two or four-year institution. Students in vocational agriculture programs will also be considered. Undergraduate applicants should have at least a sophomore standing in a four-year curriculum or senior standing in a two-year curriculum as of the fall semester of the scholarship application year, and have a minimum grade point average overall of 2.25 based on a scale of 4.0, and a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a scale of 4.0 in their major. Graduate applicants of any year are eligible. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to work within the green industry (including nursery operation, landscape architecture/design/construction/maintenance, interiorscape, horticultural distribution, or retail garden center) following graduation. To apply, students must submit a personal essay, a resume, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    1 award worth up to $1,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Grad Students
    Get Started

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students & College Underclassmen

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students & College Underclassmen
    Apply

    Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans’ Children Scholarship Program

    Offered by Ohio Department of Higher Education

    Multiple awards worth $6,490
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Ohio Department of Higher Education

    The Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans' Children Scholarship Program (WOS) awards tuition assistance to the children of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans…Show More

    The Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans' Children Scholarship Program (WOS) awards tuition assistance to the children of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans…Show More

    The Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans' Children Scholarship Program (WOS) awards tuition assistance to the children of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans who served in the armed forces during a period of declared war or conflict. To receive War Orphans Scholarship benefits, applicants must be 16 - 24-year-old Ohio residents enrolled for full-time undergraduate study and pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree at an eligible Ohio college or university. If you're an undergraduate student in Ohio with a parent who was left deceased or disabled while in the armed forces, we encourage you to apply. Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $6,490
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    David V. Stivison Appalachian Community Action Scholarship Fund

    Offered by Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD)

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Freshman

    Offered by Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD)

    The David V. Stivison Appalachian Community Action Scholarship Fund is looking for applicants who meet the following criteria: (1) be a resident of the 30-county…Show More

    The David V. Stivison Appalachian Community Action Scholarship Fund is looking for applicants who meet the following criteria: (1) be a resident of the 30-county…Show More

    The David V. Stivison Appalachian Community Action Scholarship Fund is looking for applicants who meet the following criteria: (1) be a resident of the 30-county COAD service area for at least one year before the application deadline, (2) reside in a household with a total annual income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, (3) have obtained or will obtain a high school degree or GED, and (4) show proof of acceptance by an accredited 2-year or 4-year institution of higher education. If you meet these criteria, apply now for a chance to receive this scholarship!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Freshman
    Get Started

    $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2025
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2025
    Grade Level High School Students
    Apply

    Energize Your Education Scholarship

    Offered by ElectricityPlans.com

    1 award worth $500
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by ElectricityPlans.com

    Get ready to Energize Your Education with ElectricityPlans.com's scholarship! High school seniors in Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut who plan to attend a two- or…Show More

    Get ready to Energize Your Education with ElectricityPlans.com's scholarship! High school seniors in Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut who plan to attend a two- or…Show More

    Get ready to Energize Your Education with ElectricityPlans.com's scholarship! High school seniors in Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut who plan to attend a two- or four-year college program in this upcoming Fall semester, or the following Spring semester, are eligible to apply. With a minimum 3.2 GPA, you could win $500 towards your education by showcasing your impressive academic performance, the quality of your submission, and your community impact. Don't miss out on this opportunity to make a positive difference and invest in your future!Show Less

    1 award worth $500
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
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    How to win Ohio scholarships

    Ohio has a rich history, especially in regard to education. Let’s just say that Ohio knows a thing or two about supporting students as they move on up in the world (think seven presidents and the first human on the moon!). So, it’s no surprise that you are a proactive student looking to win Ohio scholarships! 

    In order to win Ohio scholarships, you should connect the unique aspects of Ohio to your own personal passions. While responding to Ohio scholarship essay prompts, you should be connecting back to Ohio as a state and how it has helped you to reach your goals. Whatever your passion may be, be sure to connect it back to Ohio! Doing so will reveal how much Ohio means to you and demonstrate that you are a great candidate for winning an Ohio scholarship! 

    Writing resources for acing Ohio scholarship essays

    Many Ohio scholarships may require you to write an essay about yourself which can range anywhere from a 250 word essay to a 500 word essay. Therefore, read over our Scholarships360 guide to finding and winning scholarships. Additionally, check out how to start and how to end a scholarship essay to ensure your scholarship essay will be perfect from beginning to end! 

    Ohio student debt snapshot

    According to the Department of Education, in total, Ohio residents owe $62.3 billion in federal student loan debt. Student borrowers owe an average of $34,721 each (those numbers do not include private loans). Around 51.2% of loan borrowers are under the age of 35. 

    As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take fewer loans. Make sure that you apply to as many scholarships as you qualify for!

    Merit scholarships at Ohio colleges and universities

    Ohio State University

    • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen with a 3.0 to 3.5+ GPA
    • Amount: Up to the full cost of tuition
    • Deadline: November 1

    Ohio University

    • Eligibility: First year students based on academic merit as demonstrated by strength of curriculum and cumulative high school grade point average
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: November 15

    University of Cincinnati

    • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen based on overall admission application (including response to the personal statement), transcript and test scores
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: Admission to University of Cincinnati 

    Bowling Green State University

    • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen who have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and 20 ACT or 3.0 GPA and 1040 SAT
    • Amount: $1,000 up to $9,500
    • Deadline: February 1

    Kent State University

    • Eligibility: First year students based on GPA, rigor of courses, and overall achievement and talents
    • Amount: Up to $6,000
    • Deadline: March 1

    Kenyon College

    • Eligibility: First year students who display academic excellence (usually in the top 10% of their class) and spirited involvement in school or community activities
    • Amount: $10,000 up to $25,000 
    • Deadline: Admission to Kenyon College

    Miami University-Oxford

    • Eligibility: Qualified incoming first year students who have a 3.5+ GPA
    • Amount: $1,000 up to $4,000
    • Deadline: December 1

    Oberlin College

    • Eligibility: All admitted students are considered for merit scholarships, which are based on academic achievement
    • Amount: $10,000 
    • Deadline: Admission to Oberlin College

    University of Dayton

    • Eligibility: Merit scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen based on a variety of criteria including GPA, test scores (if submitted) and academic rigor
    • Amount: Up to $31,000
    • Deadline: Admission to the University of Dayton

    Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity 

    In-state tuition allows residents of a state to receive cheaper tuition for a college or university in their state. Additionally, many universities and colleges reserve scholarships and financial aid for in-state students, which helps reduce the cost of attending college for those who live there.

    Here are a few well-known Ohio universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs:

    Ohio State University

    • In-state tuition: $12,859
    • Out-of-state tuition: $38,365

    Ohio University

    • In-state tuition: $13,376
    • Out-of-state tuition: $24,114

    University of Cincinnati

    • In-state tuition: $13,570
    • Out-of-state tuition: $28,904

    How do you get in-state tuition? 

    The above comparisons show that being an Ohio resident reduces the cost of tuition for Ohio universities and colleges. In order to become an Ohio resident for tuition purposes, you will need to live in Ohio for a full 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the term for which you are applying for residency. In addition, you will need to demonstrate your intent to become an Ohio resident. This includes obtaining an Ohio’s driver’s license, automobile registration, and voting registration. Additionally, you will need to demonstrate that during this 12 month period, you earned a sufficient amount of income to meet all expenses without the need of financial assistance from outside of the state of Ohio. Most importantly, you should check with your intended Ohio institution what their requirements are for Ohio resident tuition. 

    Does Ohio offer tuition reciprocity? 

    Yes, Ohio is a member of the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) which is a tuition reciprocity program for Midwest states. In this program, students from participating MSEP states will pay no more than 150 percent in-state resident tuition to attend participating institutions in select Midwestern states. 

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    On October 1st of every year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens nationwide. Ohio students should complete the FAFSA to be eligible for federal student aid as well as some scholarships.

    Frequently asked questions about Ohio scholarships

    Who is eligible to apply for Choose Ohio First Scholarships?

    Choose Ohio First Scholarships are open to Ohio residents majoring in eligible STEMM fields. Applicants must have a high school grade point average of 3.25 or higher, an ACT score of 27 or higher, or SAT score of 1300 or higher.

    Does Ohio offer tuition-free college?

    Some Ohio colleges and universities offer full tuition merit scholarships. Additionally, there are some scholarships that cover full tuition. However, it may be challenging to receive these competitive scholarships, so be sure to have a well-rounded application! 

    Can I apply for multiple scholarships?

    Yes! In fact, we encourage you to apply for multiple scholarships to help lower the price of college. Apply early and often to and for all the scholarships you qualify for!
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