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Academic Scholarships for New Freshmen 2019-20

The following merit scholarships at Ohio Northern are awarded after acceptance to the University and are based on a formula that takes into account academic performance and results of standardized testing. Weighted high school GPAs and super scores for the ACT and/or SAT will be considered.

Use our Scholarship and Net Price Calculator to calculate your ONU academic scholarship level and financial aid eligibility.

Presidential Scholarship: $19,000 per year
Scholarship value over four years: $76,000

Trustee Scholarship: $17,000-$18,000 per year
Scholarship value over four years: $68,000-$72,000

Dean's Scholarship: $14,000-$16,000 per year
Scholarship value over four years: $56,000-$64,000

Faculty Scholarship: $11,000-$13,000 per year
Scholarship value over four years: $44,000-$52,000


Start Earning Micro-Scholarships to ONU right now!             

Ohio Northern University, in partnership with, now offers high school students the opportunity to start earning achievement-related scholarships starting in the ninth grade. Some examples of scholarships include completing a campus visit to ONU ($2,000), earning an "A" in a high school class ($250), holding a leadership role in a club or organization ($200), and even holding a job ($200-$1000). Each student can earn up to $48,000 in scholarships ($12,000 per year in high school) to be applied as a minimum academic scholarship guarantee to attend ONU. Freshman applicants can earn these micro-scholarships through Oct. 31 of their senior year. Please note that students can earn these scholarships for previous years' achievements (e.g., a current 11th grader can still earn micro-scholarships for grades earned in ninth grade). 

Go to to sign up and start earning scholarships to ONU!     


Academic Scholarships for Transfer Students

Scholarship and Net Price Calculator for Transfer Students

GPA from Transfer Institution Scholarship
3.5+ $12,000
3.0-3.49  $10,000
2.5-2.99 $8,000

Academic Scholarships for New Law Students

Academic Scholarships for MSA Students

Other Scholarships and Awards

Mathile Scholarship (Full-tuition)
Selected 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 will be considered for this award. Finalists will be invited to complete on-campus evaluations. Students must apply for admission and be accepted to the university prior to December 1 for Mathile consideration. Two full-tuition renewable scholarships will be awarded in honor of the contributions ONU alumnus Clayton Mathile and his wife, Mary, have made to Ohio Northern University. The Mathile Scholarship will replace all other ONU scholarships and awards.

James F. Dicke Scholarship
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 will be considered for this award. A selection committee will determine finalists, who will be invited to campus to interview. From these interviews, recipients of the James F. Dicke Scholarship will be selected. The scholarships will renew each year for a maximum of four years. 

Talent Award (Up to $4,000 per year with an audition/portfolio review)
Talent awards are available to students who choose a major in the Department of Art & Design, Department of Music (majors and non-majors), Department of Theatre Arts or Department of English. Also, students who minor in dance or participate in any of the auditioned ensembles can qualify for a talent award. Talent award consideration in these programs require an audition, portfolio review or interview. 

Click here for Department of Music audition information. Click here for non-music majors audition information.

Click here for Department of Theatre Arts audition information (musical theatre, international theatre production, theatre and dance minor) 

Click here for Department of Art & Design portfolio information. 

Click here for Department of English portfolio information. 

Talent awards are coordinated with other University grants and scholarships. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions.

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 racial or ethnic backgrounds. Award amounts are based on academic credentials.
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)
Awarded to 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. This award will be coordinated with all other University financial aid. Academic scholarships may be adjusted.

Math and Engineering Education Scholarship

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