Morrill Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

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Future MSP Students FAQs

What is the MSP Mission Statement?
One of Ohio State's premier scholarship programs, The Morrill Scholarship Program (MSP) enhances the diversity of Ohio State by providing scholarships and educational enrichment opportunities to academically talented students who are actively engaged in diversity-based leadership, service, and social justice activities.

When was MSP established?
MSP was established in 1982 as the Minority Scholars Program and was renamed Morrill Scholarship Program in 2003.

How do I apply for MSP?
When completing the common application, there is a question that asks if you would like to be considered for the Morrill Scholarship Program. If you check the box, an additional essay question will appear. Be sure to complete the essay and include any diversity-based leadership, social justice, and service activities on the Student Activity list.

When is the deadline to apply for MSP?
We highly recommend that all students apply for MSP by November 1; however, we will accept applications until February 1.

What if I have already submitted my admissions application and I still want to apply for MSP?
No worries. Contact the Morrill Scholarship Program and request a supplemental application. The supplemental application will be attached to your common application.

When will I be notified as to whether I have received the Morrill Scholarship?
MSP notifications are sent out on a rolling basis via email. All students will be notified by the end of March at the latest, at which time, we will let you know either way.

What is required to apply for the scholarship?
The Morrill Scholarship Program seeks academically talented students who are actively engaged in diversity-based leadership, social justice, and service activities in their communities. To apply, students must complete the MSP essay, and be sure to include leadership and diversity involvement on the Activity List section of the Common Application.

What are the three scholarships that MSP awards?
MSP awards the Distinction, Prominence, and the Excellence scholarships. The Distinction Scholarship equals the value of the cost of attendance. The Prominence Scholarship equals the value of in-state tuition plus the nonresident surcharge for nonresidents. The Excellence Scholarship equals the value of in-state tuition for Ohio residents.

In terms of the Distinction Scholarship, what does “equals the value of the cost of attendance” mean?
The value of the scholarship is equal to Ohio State's total estimated expenses for two semesters. The expenses will include tuition, room & board, books & supplies, and miscellaneous/personal expenses. This is determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid.

In terms of the Prominence Scholarship, what does “equals the value of in-state tuition plus the nonresident surcharge for nonresidents” mean?
The value of the scholarship will only pay toward Ohio State's estimated tuition cost (Instructional and general fees) and the non-resident fee (for out of state students). The value of the estimated tuition and non-resident fee is pulled from Ohio State's cost of attendance.

How many semesters does my MSP scholarship cover?
The MSP scholarships cover 8 total semesters.

Will my external scholarship(s) be included along with my MSP scholarship on my financial aid account?
It may or may not. This will depend on the amount of the external scholarship(s) students receive and whether students have room in their cost of attendance. Due to federal regulations, students cannot exceed a school's cost of attendance.

Current MSP Students FAQs

If I don't receive MSP, can I apply again as a current student at Ohio State?
Unfortunately, no. The Morrill Scholarship is only for high school graduating seniors who are entering The Ohio State University Columbus Campus autumn semester following their high school graduation.

What are the requirements for maintaining the MSP scholarship?
Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the end of their fourth semester when the first grade review occurs. They must also be enrolled full-time and participate in MSP programs/events/activities.

Will my scholarship automatically post to my student financial aid account each semester?
Yes, it will post automatically if the student maintains the minimum cumulative GPA requirement by the time of evaluation and is enrolled full-time.

If I am a Distinction Scholar and I choose to live off campus after my second year, does my MSP scholarship still cover room and board?
It depends. After all tuition/fees are paid, any remaining amount of the Distinction Award would refund to the student. The student will use that refund towards off-campus living expenses. The amount of the refund can differ depending on the student's situation. Please reach out to ODI Scholarship Services for counseling on your specific account.

How is money for books disbursed for Distinction Scholars?
If a refund is generated for a Distinction Scholar, they will use their refund to pay toward their books/supplies cost. All student charges are not the same, and refund amounts can vary depending on what other fees a student incurs.

What happens if I fall below the required 3.0 cumulative GPA for the program?
If the student falls below a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the first grade review conducted by the Office Of Student Financial Aid, they have two options: 1) self-correct (i.e. reach a 3.0 CGPA to have the scholarship reinstated), or 2) submit a grade appeal based on extenuating circumstances and accompanied by documentation.

If I choose to study abroad, can I use my MSP scholarship?
The MSP scholarship can potentially go towards a study abroad program. If it is an approved program that is recognized by Ohio State, and the program requires the student to enroll in a “full-time placeholder course” that shows full-time enrollment on the student's statement of account, the scholarship will disburse.

Am I required to live in the MSP Learning Community?
No, participation in the learning community is optional but highly encouraged.

Are the MSP courses required?
No, the MSP courses are not required but highly encouraged. These courses, which are interactive and popular, are a deep dive into the many topics that MSP explores by way of its programs/events/activities.

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