Morrill Scholars Program

The Ohio State University is strongly committed to creating a diverse campus that is inclusive of all community members. The Morrill Scholars Program (MSP) offers scholarships and educational enrichment opportunities to academically exceptional students who are actively engaged in diversity-based leadership and service.

To apply

On the Common Application, indicate your interest in MSP and complete the MSP essay. Be sure to include leadership and diversity involvement on the Activity List. Submit the application and all required application materials by the priority deadline of November 1. Apply to Ohio State at

To apply after submitting the
Common Application

Use this form to submit the MSP essay if you have already submitted your Common Application. 

Benefits of the program

The MSP is offered at three levels, renewable for eight semesters:

Distinction: For both Ohio residents and nonresidents, equals the value of the cost of attendance

Prominence: For nonresidents, equals the value of in-state tuition plus the nonresident surcharge

Excellence: For Ohio residents, equals the value of in-state tuition

In additional to financial awards, MSP recipients become part of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) Scholars Program.

This program offers enrichment opportunities such as:

  • Early arrival program for Distinction recipients
  • Optional housing within the ODI Scholars Learning Community
  • Service trips and study abroad opportunities (last year’s ODI scholars went to Brazil)
  • Diversity-themed workshops, lectures and projects
  • Mentoring and tutoring to support your academic success
  • Opportunities to take part in ODI outreach and engagement projects on campus and in the community
  • ODI leadership and service courses for credit
  • Graduate and professional school preparation

Honors & Scholars

Almost 40 percent of MSP recipients take part in Ohio State’s Honors and Scholars Programs. Learn more about Honors and the 17 theme-based Scholars programs at

Study Abroad Policy

So, you’re thinking about traveling abroad? If you want to use your Morrill scholarship to help with the costs, here are some tips to consider as you search for the trip that is right for you:

Choose a trip that is sponsored by the university. Your scholarship is not available for third-party trips. Please work with the Office of International Affairs (OIA) to understand what trips are available. Keep in mind that program costs will vary based on location and length of trip. 

Enroll full-time (12-18 credit hours) for the semester that you are traveling abroad. Your Morrill scholarship will cover up to the standard cost of attendance, depending on its value, but will not cover a budget increase beyond the standard cost of attendance. Discuss the academic benefits of the trip with your College Advisor. The course credit you receive for the trip may meet general education (GE) or major/minor requirements. 

Seek additional sources of funding early. Scholars generally need to rely on alternate sources of funding to meet the costs associated with a Study Abroad trip. If you have other financial aid in addition to your Morrill scholarship listed on your Award Summary in BuckeyeLink (other scholarships, grants, or loans), it can be applied to the charges on your Statement of Account for the trip. Additional scholarships may be available through OIA (, as well as through our office ( and your college office. Pay close attention to all deadlines and check thosewebsites regularly for updates.