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Ethnic Programs & Services

Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program

The Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program (formerly known as the Minority Scholars Program) was established in 1976 to honor an African American student who, at the age of 16, was the youngest person ever to graduate from the University of Cincinnati. 

The Office of Ethnic Programs & Services offers this scholarship program to promote academic excellence, foster diversity and provide leadership opportunities to incoming students. In addition to providing full-tuition funding, Darwin T. Turner Scholars are expected to participate in programs and activities designed to improve their intellectual, personal and professional development. 

The program’s goal is to enrich the educational environment for undergraduate students by supporting the recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups with high potential for academic success at the University of Cincinnati. 

Qualifying Criteria

To qualify for consideration, incoming freshmen must:

  • Be an Ohio resident or eligible for in-state or discounted tuition rates
  • Be a graduating high school senior or have not been previously enrolled post-high school as a student at a college/university
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale)
  • Have a minimum 24 Composite ACT or 1090 Combined SAT (Math and Critical Reading sections)
  • Seek admission to a baccalaureate degree program

Application & Invitation

For maximum scholarship consideration, students must have a complete UC Admission Common Application (including high school-submitted transcript and official test scores sent directly from testing agencies) by Dec. 1 of their senior year. 

The Darwin T. Turner Scholarship Program does not involve a separate application process. Instead, eligible students who complete the UC admission process by Dec. 1 are invited to compete for awards based on meeting at least two of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college student
  • Member of an underrepresented group with regard to race, ethnic or tribal background or heritage
  • Financial need as determined by the FAFSA
  • Resident of targeted counties

Admission applications are carefully reviewed with invited students asked to submit a scholarship portfolio and provide a statement on their diversity and/or leadership experiences.  Scholarship awardees are chosen by a committee of faculty, staff and alumni representatives from across the university.

Award Levels

In addition to being awarded scholarship funding via Cincinnatus, Darwin T. Turner Scholars are considered for financial awards at two levels. All eligible students will be reviewed for both award levels.

  • Darwin T. Turner Scholarships: In-state tuition, fees, and a book allowance
  • Darwin T. Turner Plus Awards:  A limited number of students will be assured that their total UC scholarship package will equal in-state tuition, fee, room, board, and a book allowance

Scholarship awards are not limited to financial benefits. Since its inception, the Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program has built a strong sense of leadership development, community engagement and personal commitment within a close-knit, supportive community of scholars. 

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The Darwin T. Turner Scholarship Program does not involve a separate application process. Instead, eligible students who met the Dec. 1 early application admission deadline will be invited to formalize their consideration for the Turner Scholarship

In January of each year, selected students who are Cincinnatus-eligible and meet the Darwin T. Turner Scholarship criteria will be invited to complete the Turner Scholarship RSVP process.