Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program

Overview: Scholarship, Service, & Success

The Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program (formerly known as the Minority Scholars Program) was established in 1976 to honor Darwin T. Turner, 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 and service 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. 

Turner Scholars after Service Event

Qualifying Criteria

To qualify for consideration, incoming freshmen must:

  • Be an Ohio resident, eligible for in-state or discounted tuition rates, or be eligible for the UC National Outreach Award
  • 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 an unweighted 4.0 scale)
  • Have a minimum 24 Composite ACT or 1090 Combined SAT/1160 Combined SAT-R (Math and Critical Reading sections)
  • Seek admission to a baccalaureate degree program
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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. Preference is given to individuals who meet at least one of the following:

  • First-generation college student
  • Member of an underrepresented group with regard to race, ethnic or tribal background or heritage
  • Demonstrate involvement, leadership, and/or advocacy for the diversity and inclusion of marginalized populations, which includes, but is not limited to race, ethnicity, and gender

Admission applications are carefully reviewed with invited students asked to 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.

Turner Scholars at Holi


In addition to being considered for scholarship funding via Cincinnatus, Darwin T. Turner Scholars are considered for financial awards covering in-state tuition, college program fees, and a book allowance.

NOTE:  Students not eligible for in-state tuition rates are responsible for their non-resident surcharges that are not covered by the Turner award, and all scholars must meet the undergraduate scholarship policy.

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.