What is The Morrill Scholarship Program?

MSP provides merit scholarships to incoming first-year students throughout Ohio and the United States while in the process, enhancing Ohio State's diversity.

Future Students

The Morrill Scholarship has three award levels:

  • Distinction: Equals the value of the cost of attendance for both Ohio residents and nonresidents

  • Prominence: Equals the value of in-state tuition plus the nonresident surcharge for nonresidents

  • Excellence: Equals the value of in-state tuition for Ohio residents

*All Scholarships are renewable for eight semesters

Eligibility criteria
One of Ohio State's premier scholarship programs, the Morrill Scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis to students admitted to the Columbus campus for the autumn semester following high school graduation. MSP seeks academically talented high school seniors who will:

  • serve as student ambassadors and champions of scholarship and diversity

  • actively engage in diversity-based leadership, service, and social justice activities

Current Students

As social justice advocates, Morrill Scholars participate in civic engagement and advocacy activities/events across campus and in the broader community. Moreover, they assume various leadership roles on campus where they share their innovative ideas on diversity, equity, inclusion, and scholarship.
MSP students participate in:

  • Diversity and inclusion themed workshops, lectures, and service projects
  • Graduate and professional school preparation courses and guidance
  • Mentoring, tutoring, and supplemental instruction to support their academic success
  • Morrill Scholars Early Arrival Program
  • ODI outreach and engagement projects on campus and in the community
  • ODI leadership, service, social justice, and financial literacy courses
  • Optional housing in the MSP Learning Community in Blackburn House
  • Service trips and global education opportunities
  • Paid summer internships

University Honors & Scholars
Many Morrill Scholarship recipients are also University Honors and Scholars students. The Morrill Scholarship Program (MSP) is separate from the University Honors and Scholars Center at Ohio State; nevertheless, Morrill Scholars are permitted to participate in programs connected to the University Honors and Scholars Center.

Learn more about the University Honors Program and the 17 theme-based Scholars Programs.

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