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Academic Scholarships for New Freshman 2017-18

The following merit scholarships at Ohio Northern are awarded after acceptance to the University and are based on a formula taking into account academic performance and results of standardized testing. Weighted high school GPAs and super scores for 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

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

Faculty Scholarship: $10,000-$12,000 per year
Scholarship value over four years: $40,000-$48,000


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 (1330 SAT, critical reading plus math) and a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 will be invited to an on-campus evaluation for this scholarship. Based on these on-campus evaluations, the Mathile Family Foundation will support two full-tuition renewable scholarships. The Mathile Scholarship will replace all other ONU scholarships.

James F. Dicke Scholarship (Full-tuition plus $1,000 annual book stipend)
Students who are admitted to the James F. Dicke College of Business Administration and are eligible for the Presidential Scholarship will be considered for this award. A selection committee will determine finalists who will be invited to campus to interview. From these interviews one student will be chosen to receive the James F. Dicke Scholarship. The scholarship will renew each year for a maximum of four years. The James F. Dicke Scholarship will replace all other ONU scholarships and awards.

Talent Award (Up to $4,000 per year with 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. An audition, portfolio review and/or interview is required for talent award consideration in all these programs. 

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.

Financial Aid

Melanie Weaver

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