Priority deadline is February 1, 2020.
Donor-based scholarships are provided through the generosity of donors committed to the mission of the Office of the Diversity and Inclusion. These distinct resources have specific awarding criteria including, but not limited, to financial aid need, Program (College) or Plan (major), class rank, leadership activities, community service, city, county or state of residence or origin, contribution to diversity and inclusion initiatives, high school and more.
Consideration is given to undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or with permanent residency status. Amounts vary based on the scholarship.
Additional information may be required for consideration, including an interview.
To be considered:
1. Complete and submit the FAFSA by the priority deadline. (Although the FAFSA is not required, some of the scholarships request that students demonstrate financial aid need. Therefore, completing the FAFSA is encouraged.
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2. Complete and submit the Special Scholarships Application by the priority deadline.
Special scholarships are provided through the generosity of donors committed to the mission of the Office of the Diversity and Inclusion. These distinct resources have specific awarding criteria including, but not limited, to financial aid need, Program (College) or Plan (major), class rank, leadership activities, community service, city, county or state of residence or origin, contribution to diversity and inclusion initiatives, high school and more.
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Scholarship recipients will be notified via email from the Office of Student Financial Aid indicating there has been a change to your financial aid award. You are encouraged to review your Award Summary often found on Buckeye Link. Log in and click on “View Financial Aid” to find the Award Summary tab.
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To be considered for the following scholarships, file the FAFSA and the Special Scholarship Application by the priority date of February 1. In addition, the university offers hundreds of other special-eligibility scholarships with a wide variety of eligibility criteria.
- The Ruth C. Bailey Endowed Award Fund for Naturalized American Students
Used to further the mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion by providing up to three annual scholarships to students with demonstrated financial need who are foreign born, naturalized American citizens with preference given to students who wish to study Italian culture
- The Donny R., G. Jeanne and Todd L. Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund
Supports scholarships that are awarded in furtherance of the diversity mission with particular attention to, but not limited to, minority students from low-income neighborhoods who are graduates of Columbus City Schools, who have displayed leadership and integrity and are active in community service with first priority will be given to students who have been accepted to Ohio State who have participated in Urban Concern/Harambee School of Columbus or the Upward Bound program
- Bell National Resource Center's Research & Study Abroad Scholarship Fund
Offers financial assistance to African American male students who participate in research and study abroad activities offered at Ohio State and beyond
- Theresa Lucille Brown Adams Scholarship
Provides scholarships to undergraduate African American students who are residents of Columbus, OH enrolled on the Columbus campus
- Bucking the Trend Scholarship
Provides merit and need-based scholarships for in-state undergraduate students from Franklin county (and/or surrounding counties). Students must be enrolled full time, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, demonstrate financial aid need and be involved with the Todd Bell Resource Center
- Columbus Chapter of Links Scholarship
Provides scholarships for African-American undergraduates from a Franklin county area high school who demonstrate financial aid need and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
- Corporate Connections Scholarship
Provides support with a preference for undergraduate African American males with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, who have been involved in community service, student organizations, or has international experience and demonstrates financial aid need
- El Coqui Puerto Rican Heritage Scholarship Fund
Provides scholarship support to undergraduate students majoring in business/engineering who demonstrate financial need. It is the Donors' desire that scholarships be awarded with particular attention to but not limited to students of Puerto Rican Heritage
- Frank W. Hale, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Provides scholarships for Native American, Hispanic American and African American freshmen with a minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0, who have displayed leadership and integrity, are graduating from a Franklin County area high school and were considered for, or awarded the Morrill Scholars Scholarship
- Kevin R. Keller Endowed Scholarship
Provides scholarship support to an undergraduate student who demonstrates financial need with particular attention to, but not limited to, students who identify as a member of the LGBTQ community, with preference given to candidates from an Ohio community with a population of 30,000 or less
- Robert E. Kibbey Memorial Scholarship Fund
Provides scholarships for African-Americans on all campuses based on merit and need
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Provides scholarships with a preference for African American undergraduates with a junior or senior rank and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
- The Longaberger Diversity Scholarship Fund
Supports need or merit-based scholarships to students enrolled in the ACCESS Program or a comparable University program to assist students who will add to the intellectual and cultural diversity of the University. Preference is given to students pursuing business careers
- Minority Scholarships, Recruitment Support and Academic Enrichment
Provides support for minority students
- Pressing Toward the Mark Foundation Book Scholarship Fund
A merit and need-based book scholarship awarded to enrolled full-time students employed by The Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center with a 2.8 cumulative GPA
- John H. Rosemond, Sr. M.D. Scholarship Fund
Provides a scholarship for an African Americans male who is a freshman, a graduate of Columbus City Schools, with a minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in a college preparatory curriculum. Preference is given to students with outstanding leadership potential demonstrating interest in aviation, medicine, science or the arts
- Student Affairs Minority Scholarship Fund
Income provides need-based scholarships for minority students
- Tilga Scholarship Fund to Benefit the Bell National Resource Center
Benefits the Bell National Resource Center
- Lovell B. Tipton Endowed Fund for the Benefit of the Young Scholars Program
Income supports the Young Scholars Program honoring the spirit of Lt. Colonel Tipton's community involvement as it relates to youth, including funding scholarships and/or an annual activity or event named in his memory
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in collaboration with Student Financial Aid, offers many donor-based scholarships with a wide variety of eligibility criteria. To apply each year, submit the FAFSA and the Special Scholarships Application by the priority date, typically set for February 1.
No, the FAFSA is not required. However, some of the scholarships request that students demonstrate financial aid need. Therefore, completing the FAFSA is encouraged.
Applications are reviewed by a committee of staff and faculty. Interviews may be a part of the selection process.
The number of students selected varies based on the scholarship criteria. Typically 1-3 students are selected.
The amounts vary.
Because of the demand and the specificity of the scholarship criteria, students are selected for only one scholarship.
Based on criteria specified by the donor, some scholarships are renewable and some are not. Information about awarding guidelines will be included in the award letter from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
The scholarships will be awarded by Student Financial Aid. The funds will appear on your Award Summary found in Buckeye Link through the View Financial Aid link.