Morrill Scholars Program

The Ohio State University is strongly committed to creating a diverse campus community that is inclusive of undergraduate students engaged in leadership and service. As one of the premier merit-based scholarships in the United States, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s (ODI) Morrill Scholars Program (MSP) rewards academically exceptional students who are actively engaged in diversity-based leadership and service activities and eager to serve as student ambassadors and champions of academic excellence and diversity.

MSP recipients have ongoing opportunities to participate in educational enrichment experiences, such as study abroad, undergraduate research, and professional/graduate school preparation and career development programs. MSP scholars also enjoy a wide range of experiences that focus on personal and professional development as well as service-learning.

MSP scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to students admitted to the Columbus campus for the autumn semester following high school graduation. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States. For more information, please visit

MSP Consideration

MSP is a very competitive diversity scholarship. Recipients of the MSP scholarship typically rank in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes, with middle-range ACT composite scores of 27–32 or combined SAT Critical Reading and Math scores of 1220–1420. Recipients generally bring experiences that will greatly enhance campus diversity.

Award Levels

Note: Due to their values, MSP scholarships replace all other university merit awards a student may have been offered.

  • The Distinction Scholarship is equivalent to the value of the cost to attend Ohio State for both Ohio residents and nonresidents. It includes room and board, a book allowance, and miscellaneous expenses.
  • The Prominence Scholarship is awarded to nonresidents. This scholarship is equivalent to the value of both in-state tuition and the nonresident surcharge.
  • The Excellence Scholarship is awarded to Ohio residents. This scholarship is equivalent to the value of in-state tuition.

How to Apply

For priority consideration, submit the Common Application and all required materials by November 1, 2013. Be sure to indicate your interest in MSP on the Common Application and complete all required MSP sections.