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Academic Merit Scholarships

Ohio Northern University offers an undergraduate merit-based Scholarship to all accepted international undergraduate students. The scholarship is automatically awarded at the time of admission. There is no need to complete any separate application or submit any other documentation to be considered for these merit-based awards. All accepted high school and transfer students are eligible. Ohio Northern University’s merit-based scholarships range from $19,000 to USD 25,000 per academic year.

Other Scholarships and Awards


Mathile Scholarship (Full-tuition)
Students with a minimum ACT score of 30 (1360 SAT, evidence-based reading and writing plus math) and a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 are eligible to apply for this full-tuition scholarship. To apply, a student must apply for admission and be accepted by January 1. After a review of all applications, a group of finalists will be invited to complete an on-campus interview with the selection committee.  Two students will be selected and offered full-tuition renewable scholarships. The Mathile Scholarship will replace all other ONU scholarships and awards.

James F. Dicke Scholarship (Full-tuition)
Students who are admitted to the James F. Dicke College of Business Administration and have a minimum ACT score of 29 (1330 SAT, evidence-based reading and writing plus math) and a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 are eligible to apply for this full-tuition scholarship. Applicants for the award are invited to the Dicke Scholarship Day in late January where they will interview with the selection committee. From these interviews, one recipient of the James F. Dicke Scholarship will be selected. The scholarship will renew each year for a maximum of four years and replace all other ONU scholarships and awards.


Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship 
The Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established by the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation in honor of Austin E. Knowlton, whose construction company built several University buildings. Scholarships will be awarded to Ohio Northern University engineering students including one incoming freshman, who are deemed worthy of financial assistance with preference to residents of Ohio.

Talent Award: Majors in Art, Music, Theatre, and English
(Up to $4000 per year with an audition/portfolio review)
Talent awards are available for students who choose to major in Studio Arts, Graphic Design, Music, Music Education, Musical Theatre, Theatre, Technical Theatre, Dance (minor) or any of our English programs (literature, creative writing, writing and multimedia studies, and language arts education). Talent award consideration in these programs requires an audition, portfolio review or interview. Talent awards are coordinated with other University grants and scholarships. Learn More – Click Here.

Talent Award: Non-Music Major 
Students interested in participating in selected music groups and ensembles are eligible to apply for this award. These are available to all students regardless of major. Music groups include Symphony Orchestra, University Singers, Chamber Winds, Marching Band and Symphonic Band. Award levels are granted based on the student’s artistic potential. To Apply – Click Here.

Dimension Award ($1,000-$7,000 per year)
Ohio Northern University is committed to recruiting students from all segments of society and supporting their retention to graduation. The purpose of the Dimension Award is to offer financial assistance to incoming freshmen and transfers who are from underrepresented populations. Award amounts are based on academic credentials and financial need.

Legacy Award ($3,000 per year)
Awarded to legally dependent (defined by IRS) sons or daughters of ONU graduates or a prospective student who already has a sibling enrolled full-time at ONU.

Ministerial Deduction (Half-tuition per year)

The Ministerial Deduction guarantees eligible students will receive a total of ONU scholarships,  grants and awards at least equal to half tuition. Students that qualify are unmarried, legally dependent children, under the age of 25, of a licensed and ordained elder of the United Methodist Church who is currently under active appointment by the annual conference. This tuition reduction also applies to children of retired and deceased ministers. A separate application listing specific criteria is required. Financial need is not a factor

Math and Engineering Education Scholarships ($20,000 per year)
This scholarship is awarded to junior and senior math education and engineering education majors in addition to everything else included in that student’s financial aid package. To be eligible, students have to pledge that, after graduating, they will spend two years in a high-need school district for every year of receiving the scholarship. In addition to school districts across the U.S., many local districts have been designated as high-need, including Elida, Lima, Perry, Findlay, Kenton, Piqua, Dayton, Toledo and Leipsic. To keep the scholarship, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and participate in at least 40 hours of experiential learning activities per year. These can include outreach events, student clubs devoted to engineering education and math, summer research and internships. This opportunity is made possible through support from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (Award #1758335) LEARN MORE – CLICK HERE!

Choose Ohio First Scholarship (up to $8,100)
In partnership with the Ohio Board of Regents, ONU offers scholarship for Ohio students who major in certain STEM fields. These include majoring in Computer Engineering and Computer Science. To qualify, students must be residents of Ohio. Transfer students, in eligible majors, also qualify to apply for Choose Ohio First. LEARN MORE – CLICK HERE!

ICAPP Scholarship ($1,000 per year)
The Institute for Civics and Public Policy (ICAPP) Scholarship is awarded to students with a passion for civics, public policy or public service. ICAPP Scholars will have unique opportunities to pursue a variety of programs sponsored through the Institute for Civics and Public Policy at Ohio Northern University. Two students will be named ICAPP Scholars and awarded a renewable annual scholarship of $1,000. The deadline to apply is Feb. 29, 2024. TO APPLY – CLICK HERE!

NSF S-STEM Scholarship
S-STEM scholarships are multi-year renewable (up to four years) scholarships funded by the National Science Foundation for low-income, high-academic-potential students.

An entering student to ONU needs the following to be considered for the scholarship:

  1. Pell-Grant eligible
  2. Cumulative high school GPA of 3.75 or higher
  3. Accepted into one of the following ONU programs: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Exploratory, or Mechanical Engineering
  4. Completed application (link to https://connect.onu.edu/register/SSTEM2024)