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Ohio State makes every effort to make a world-class education both accessible and affordable. The university has created more pathways to college for more students, providing more opportunities critical for student success.

Students are encouraged to apply to the university by the November 1 early action deadline in order to be eligible for the Department of Mathematics scholarship and most university merit scholarships.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Department of Mathematics offers scholarships to incoming freshmen that have demonstrated excellence in mathematics. The ideal candidate is one that loves math and goes beyond the classroom to learn mathematics. Students will be asked what math clubs and organizations they are a member of, what math competitions they have participated in, and what math books/articles/websites they enjoy reading in their free time.

Students wishing to be considered for a scholarship will need to apply to the university by the early action deadline. After admitted to OSU, students will need to complete the Special Scholarships Application by the February 1st deadline. 

Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences centrally awards approximately $1 million in scholarships and grants to currently enrolled undergraduate students. Many Arts and Sciences departments also offer merit and need-based scholarships, as well as grants to support research, creative activity, and global education. For more information about these scholarships and grants, please see ASC Scholarships and Grants.

Below is a description of the university's merit scholarships for the incoming freshman class of 2019. Ohio State's merit-based scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and are not guaranteed. Visit the university merit scholarships page to learn more about each scholarship and how to apply.

Eminence Fellows Program and Scholarship

Award amount: Full cost of attendance at Ohio State for four years, plus a $3,000 enrichment grant accessible after the first year of successful study.

Criteria: Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. All applicants must apply to the Ohio State University Honors Program. Eminence Fellows are selected on the basis of outstanding potential and all majors are encouraged to apply. There is no “typical” Eminence Fellow.

Morrill Scholarship Program

Award levels: Distinction (the value of the cost of attendance), Prominence (the value of tuition), and Excellence (the value of in-state tuition).

Criteria: Applicants should be academically exceptional high school seniors who will contribute to campus diversity and actively engage as advocates and champions of diversity, inclusion and academic excellence on campus. 

Land Grant Opportunity for Ohio Residents

Award amount: Full cost of attendance.

Criteria: Ohio Resident

National Buckeye Scholarship for non-Ohio Residents

Award amount: Up to $13,500 ($54,000 four-year value); can be combined with the Maximus, Provost or Trustees Scholarship.

Criteria: Those considered are non-Ohio residents who rank in the top 25 percent of their graduating classes and have an ACT composite score of 29 or higher or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math score equivalent of 1330 or higher.

Maximus, Provost and Trustees Scholarships

  Award Class Rank ACT SAT
Maximus    $3,000 ($12,000 over 4 years)      Top 3%               33 or higher      1450 or higher
Provost $2,000 ($8,000 over 4 years) Top 10% 31 or higher 1390 or higher
Trustees $1,000 ($4,000 over 4 years) Top 20% 30 or higher 1360 or higher



The II-VI  Foundation Scholarship

The II-VI Foundation Scholarship is designed to fulfill our mission of encouraging and enabling students entering the fields of science, engineering and mathematics at the undergraduate level. The scholarship opportunity is available to freshmen, sophomore and juniors who are applying for the first time. Seniors who are applying to renew their scholarships are eligible. 

Of primary interest to the II-VI Foundation are students majoring in the fields of electrical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, materials science engineering, mathematics, and mechanical engineering. However, at the discretion of the Scholarship Selection Committee, industrial engineering, computer science engineering and other engineering disciplines may be acceptable, depending on the quality of the work experience. Civil engineers, architectural engineers, petroleum engineers and students in a pre-med program are excluded.

  • Freshmen applicants are eligible for UP TO a $5,000 scholarship.
  • Upper class candidates are eligible for UP TO a $10,000 scholarship.

*The II-VI Foundation Scholarship is restricted to use for tuition, books and fees by the IRS.

 New applicants must have and maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA (unweighted for high school students) to be considered for the scholarship. Students entering their freshman year in college must also have a minimum SAT score of 1200 or a minimum composite ACT score of 26. Students who have already received a scholarship fall under the previous requirement of a minimum GPA of 3.2. However, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee that you will be a recipient. Last year, 47 students were awarded scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year; 12% maintained a 4.0 GPA, 47% maintained a 3.8 or above and 79% maintained a 3.5 or above. 

One very unique aspect of the II-VI Foundation Scholarship is the requirement of nine (9) weeks, or 360 hours, of manufacturing-, engineering- or science-related experience in an industrial setting from October 1st through August 31st of the year in which the candidate applies for the scholarship. This requirement forces the candidates to have hands-on, real-world experiences outside of an academic setting, therefore creating a different perspective from which to view his or her career decisions.