Financial Aid

Scholarships

Scholarships are "free money" generally awarded based on merit and are not paid back. Additionally, any scholarship that you receive may reduce or replace the self-help (loan or work-study) portion of your aid package.

You must notify the Student Financial Aid Office of any scholarships you receive that are not already listed on your financial aid award offer.This notification requirement includes scholarships offered by non-UC agencies and foundations. Students should also be aware of the terms of each scholarship offered and the limits of receiving large or multiple awards.

Take the time to review key scholarships for incoming freshmen and transfer students as well as the chart below to discover scholarships you might receive. Because most scholarships are based on the admission process, for maximum scholarship consideration, incoming freshmen should have a complete admission application by December 1st, and transfer students should apply by April 30th.

Scholarship programs listed with eligibility, amounts, and application.

Program

Description

Consideration Criteria

Amount

Application

Cincinnatus Scholarship Program

UC-based funds

Brightest and most promising freshmen based on each academic program will be offered scholarship awards at multiple levels

Ranges from $1,500 annually up to full tuition, room and board, and a book allowance; renewable for length of undergraduate program

Application for admission, transcript, official test scores (when required), and recommendation must be received by December 1st; additional information sent to incoming students who meet criteria

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

UC-based funds

Incoming community college transfer student; member of PTK (or equivalent honor society); 3.75 GPA; up to 4 awards annually; see note below

$6,000 annual award renewable for a second year with a 3.2 UC GPA

Application for admission and transcript for fall semester by April 30th

UC Community College Transfer Scholarship

UC-based funds

Community college transfer student; 3.0 GPA; up to 50 awards annually; see note below

$2,100 annual award renewable for a second year with a 3.0 UC GPA

Application for admission and transcript for fall semester by April 30th

Cincinnati Pathways Scholarship

UC-based funds

Cincinnati State associate degree graduate admitted via Pathways program; 3.0 GPA; see note below

$2,100 annual award renewable for a second year with a 3.0 UC GPA

Application for admission via Pathways program

Darwin T. Turner Scholarship

UC-based funds

Incoming freshman from an underrepresented group; academic performance

Value of in-state tuition, fees, and book stipend; renewable for length of undergraduate program

Application for admission, transcript, official test scores (when required), and recommendation must be received by December 1st; additional information sent to incoming students who meet criteria

UC National Outreach Award

UC-based funds

Incoming freshman from select geographic area charged full non-resident fees

Varies; funds awarded if not awarded other funding directed at non-resident fees

Application for admission, transcript, official test scores (when required), and recommendation must be received by December 1st

College Scholarship

UC-based funds

Varies

Varies

Most awards are made based on admission file or, for returning students, academic record; students can check with the dean's office of their UC college or use UC search tool

Christos P. Demakes Legacy Scholarship

UC-based funds

Lineal descendant (child or grandchild) of a UC graduate who is a Loyal Bearcat Society or William Howard Taft Society donor of the UC Alumni Association; based on academic achievement, service and leadership

Varies

Application for admission, transcript, official test scores (when required), and recommendation must be received by December 1st; additional information sent to incoming students who meet criteria

Graduate Incentive Award (GIA) and Graduate Assistant Scholarship (GAS)

UC-based funds

Graduate student; further criteria varies by program

Varies

Through individual graduate program of study

Choose Ohio First Scholarship

UC-awarded state funds 

Incoming Ohio freshman entering into engineering, sciences and allied health, mathematics with a focus in actuarial science, medical sciences, or nursing; full-time enrollment 

$3,000 to $5,250 

Application for admission, transcript, official test scores (when required), and recommendation must be received by December 1st; limited awards determined by college of eligible academic program

Ohio War Orphans Scholarship

State funds

Undergrad child of a deceased or severely disabled veteran who served in wartime or Desert Storm/Shield conflict; full-time enrollment

Adjusted annually based on funding levels; 100% of tuition for 2020-21

Through the Ohio Department of Higher Education (888/833-1133) by July 1 for upcoming academic year

Notes:

  • Scholarships (except GIA, GAS, and some College) are limited to students who do not have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Learn more about UC's test-optional admissions for undergraduate applicants.
  • "Renewable for length of undergraduate program" is for 8 full-time, in-class semesters of consideration assuming the scholarship program's renewal criteria are met.
  • Students are responsible for knowing the UC scholarship limits and terms of any awarded scholarships. 
  • Eligibility criteria subject to change; maximum amounts are estimates and dependent upon sufficient funding.
  • Early FAFSA application means limited funding; awards are made on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding is depleted.
  • Transfer scholarships require completion of associate degree within 2 years prior to transfer; transfer must be directly from degree-granting branch campus or community college to a UC uptown campus, baccalaureate program.

Scholarship Search

Incoming students as well as continuing students should always search scholarships. While many scholarships can be designated for incoming freshmen, other opportunities are designed to support transfer students or upperclass students. You should therefore continue your scholarship process throughout your college career.

Do your search with caution as some persons or scholarship providers may provide help or guidance at a cost. Follow suggested tips any time someone asks you for money to assist in your scholarship or aid process.

It takes some ongoing research to find scholarship opportunities, but it can be worth the effort and time required.