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Continuous Achievement Scholarship

The Continuous Achievement Scholarship is intended to award an individual from each of the four undergraduate colleges of Ohio Northern University for their academic efforts and extracurricular involvement. The scholarship is meant to award students who have shown great improvement in their academic performance from high school into college and have additionally demonstrated a commitment to active involvement in the ONU community though initial University scholarship recognition may not reflect these on-campus contributions.

Application Requirements:
In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must have at least junior credit status at Ohio Northern University and have at least two quarters remaining prior to graduation (including the quarter of application). In addition, the student must demonstrate an exemplary academic record of at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and a continued contribution to the Ohio Northern community. Students are not eligible if they have previously received the highest academic scholarship amount in their appropriate level, i.e. Presidential, Trustee, Academic and Distinguished scholarships.

If interested in applying, please submit a completed application.

Selection Process:
Recipients of the Continuous Achievement Scholarship will be selected by a committee made up of one staff member from each of Ohio Northern’s undergraduate colleges. A student representative will sit on the Committee at the appointment of Student Senate and an alumni representative will also serve on the committee. The Director of Financial Aid will serve as a non-voting committee member. The Final Selection Committee reserves the right to not award the Continuous Achievement Scholarship to a student per college if none of the applicants fit the overall highest standard the scholarship is intended to reflect.

Award Recognition:
The Continuous Achievement Scholarship recipients from each college will receive a printed award and have their name published for the Honors Day program and will be notified by their college ahead of time. One recipient from each of the four Undergraduate Colleges will be awarded $2,500 to be evenly credited across quarters to their tuition bill in addition to any other university scholarships. The scholarship is non-renewable and previous recipients are ineligible to reapply.

Important Dates:

  • Friday, January 21 - Friday, February 18 - Application available to students
  • Monday, February 14 - Friday, February 25 - 1st Committee Review Process
  • Monday, March 7 - Friday, March 11 - 2nd Committee Extended Response/Essay Review
  • Monday, March 14 - Friday, March 18 - Final Interview Stage; Selections by end of Spring Wk. 2
  • Saturday, May 7 - Honors Day Awarding/Recognition

View Continuous Achievement Scholarship Committee Selection Process

Personal Information
You plan to graduate...
*GPA will be verified by Admissions/Financial Aid - Both High School and College

Please describe a specific leadership role sharing your responsibilities as well as any specific achievements that have been accomplished for this position, using no more than 500 words.

Scholarship Background

The Continuous Achievement Scholarship was created in order to recognize students who have contributed greatly both academically and organizationally through their leadership while on campus. The traditional assumption is that students who achieve both high academic achievements and active involvement while on campus received initial scholarship awards that reflect their contributions to campus. However, because of circumstances beyond their control in high school, imperfect standardized tests scores and grade point average, and others may have precipitated an awarded scholarship level on initial acceptance that conflicts with academic performance and organizational contributions while matriculating on campus. It is these students who the Continuous Achievement Scholarship is intended to recognize and award.

Please describe for the selection committee the circumstances that surrounded your admission to Northern and why your initial award package may not have accurately predicted your future contributions and academic success while on campus. This response is to be no greater than 400 words using the same format as the other extended responses.

Extracurricular Involvement
In reverse chronological order, list any activities in which you have participated (e.g. clubs, publications, debating, dramatics, music, art, and student government). If you have more activities, work experience during the academic school year, and/or awards than the space allows, list only those you consider most significant. Please list the duration of participation, the activity or organization, and your position or contribution.
Please provide the name of three ONU faculty or staff members. These individuals may be contacted for verification. Please include their name, email address or phone number, and position.

Please list any additional information that portrays the unique you.

Personal Essay

The Review Committee will place special emphasis on this personal essay, so write it in a simple and direct manner. The following essay may be no greater than 750 words.

Please describe your growth and involvement while attending ONU and how this has prepared you for life after ONU.

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