Merit and Need-Based Awards

The following funds are for undergraduate students who are currently enrolled on the Columbus campus. They have been designated by the donor(s) for a specific major or group of majors in the humanities or in the natural and mathematical sciences. Applications for each of the following scholarships may be completed through one online application form. Scholarships will be awarded toward the next academic year

Application Window: January 2, 2017 – February 3, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Humanities Scholarships

The following scholarships are available to students enrolled in a humanities major. By completing the online application linked below, you will be considered for all of the following humanities scholarships.

The Brandt Family Memorial Scholarship

One or more Donald J. and Sydney Brandt scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students.  Competition is open to all students with a declared major in a humanities discipline and a minimum cumulative grade point average ranging between 3.2 and 3.5.

The Clara Hilberg Teller Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes students who have a declared major in a humanities discipline and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

The Elizabeth Kiss Amstutz Scholarship

The Elizabeth Kiss Amstutz scholarship will be awarded to one or more talented graduate or undergraduate students.  Competition is open to all students with a declared major in a humanities discipline and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and above.

The Harriet Pratt Lattin Scholarship Fund for the Humanities

Harriet Pratt Lattin Scholarship(s) will be awarded to students with a declared major in a humanities discipline.

Katherine L. Hall Prize

This scholarship recognizes outstanding leadership, service, and academic achievement in the memory of Katherine L. Hall, formerly a resident of Akron, Ohio.  Applicants must be junior-rank females majoring in a humanities discipline.  Nominees must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.4 and demonstrate leadership skills and a record of service inside and outside the university.

The Luther F. Lalendorf Scholarship

Competition is open to undergraduates with a declared major in a humanities discipline and a cumulative grade point average at or above 3.0.  Priority will be given to students who have participated in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, but other applicants with strong community service will be considered.

Richard C. Knopf Scholarship

This scholarship provides a merit-based award to selected undergraduate humanities majors by rank who place in the top 10% of the class at the end of autumn semester.  The stipend will be deducted from the winning applicant’s tuition.

Natural and Mathematical Sciences Scholarships

The following scholarships are available to students enrolled in a natural and mathematical sciences major. By completing the online application form linked below, you will be considered for all of the following natural and mathematical sciences scholarships.

Anne H. Baumhofer Scholarship Fund

This fund supports students majoring in microbiology with preference given to students from traditionally underrepresented groups who would enhance diversity at the college.

Bevra Hannahs Hahn, M.D., Undergraduate Merit Fund in the Natural and Mathematical Sciences

This fund provides merit-based scholarships to undergraduate students majoring in one of the natural and mathematical sciences.

Biological Sciences Alumni Society Scholarship

This fund provides scholarships or awards for undergraduate students majoring in biological sciences who have demonstrated academic excellence and/or financial need.

Carole Hershey Walters Endowed Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded to further diversity with an emphasis on female students majoring in a biological sciences.  Recipients must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

College of MAPS (Mathematical and Physical Sciences) Alumni Society Scholarship

This fund provides scholarships or awards for an undergraduate student(s) enrolled in the mathematical and physical sciences who demonstrates academic excellence and/or financial need. 

Dr. Elizabeth Wagner Scholarship Fund

This fund provides scholarships to student majoring in plant biology with preference given to women undergraduate students.

Glenn O. and Lois S. Schwab Scholarship Fund

This fund is to be awarded to a second-quarter junior or senior student in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology who possesses the highest overall grade point average of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale and has completed one or more courses in parasitology, entomology, anatomy, ornithology, or other advanced zoology courses.

Hall Family Scholarship Fund

This fund is to be awarded to students in the biological sciences with preference given to students with an interest in the environment and education.

Helen Sells Clarkson Memorial Scholarship

Provides scholarships for students who are pursuing majors in the natural sciences.

John D. and Marguerite M. Sullivan Scholarship Fund

Provides scholarships to students in the biological sciences.

Kathleen E. Kendrick Scholarship Fund

This fund supports minority students majoring in microbiology.

Richard E. Stent Jr. Scholarship Fund

This fund provides financial assistance to students majoring in biological sciences with an emphasis on microbiology.

Robert Stocklin Scholarship

Provides financial support for students who have financial need, are from Ohio and are pursuing a B.S. in the sciences.

Schwarm Endowed Scholarship Fund in Microbiology

This fund provides scholarships to students majoring in microbiology with preference for those who demonstrate financial need. Recipients must have a minimum 3.75 grade point average.

Sharp Memorial Scholarship

Provides scholarships for undergraduate students from Ohio who are majoring in the natural and mathematical sciences. Scholarships are based on financial need.

Theodore Suie, Jr. Scholarship Fund

Provides scholarships based upon scholastic achievement to students majoring in biological sciences who have financial need.  Further consideration, where possible, is to be given to students who are orphans.

Thomas J. Byers Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund provides scholarships for students majoring in molecular genetics.

How to Apply

Step 1: Documents

As part of the application you will be asked to upload the following document as a .pdf file.

Personal Statement

Personal statement of 500 words or less that describes how receiving a merit and/or need-based scholarship would enhance your studies or achievement of an academic goal. If you have a research project in progress, for example, you might discuss ways in which the scholarship would assist you in conducting research (at Ohio State or elsewhere). In addition, describe how you have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and service within and outside the university during your time at Ohio State. If you have other academic or recent life experiences relevant to a merit and/or need-based scholarship (e.g. participation in Big Brothers, Big Sisters or other service organizations), or any special circumstances or reasons why you should be considered for a scholarship from the College of Arts and Sciences, please describe them.

Format to Save Your Personal Statement

  • The following must appear in the upper right-hand corner of your personal statement: Last Name, First Name and OSU ID.
  • Save your personal statement as a .pdf document in the following format:  Last Name_#_Merit Need-Based Funding Application.pdf.
    (For example: Jane Buckeye.123 would save as Buckeye_123_Merit Need-Based Funding Application.pdf.)

Step 2: Scholarship and Fellowship Information

You will be asked to enter the name and annual value of any scholarships and/or fellowships that you currently receive.  If you need help identifying this information, please check your Statement of Account available on your Student Center and accessible via BuckeyeLink, or check with the Student Service Center.

Step 3: Submit Application

Before submitting your application, review all information entered to ensure there are no errors.  Once you submit your application you will not be able to make any changes.

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Step 4: Letter of Recommendation

Ask an Ohio State faculty member for a letter of recommendation. Your recommender will need to know the information listed below and the deadline for submission. The deadline is the same date/time that your online application is due.  Provide your recommender with a link to this web page and direct him/her to Step 4. 

Faculty Recommender - A student has asked you to write a recommendation letter on behalf of his/her application for a College of Arts and Sciences merit and/or need-based scholarship. In your letter, please address the student's academic work, research/creative activity, and connection of academic work in relation to his/her professional goals, as well as any additional information that may be helpful to the review committee.

  • You will need to know the student's name.# (e.g. buckeye.123)
  • Save your recommendation in the following format in order for your recommendation to be correctly matched with the student's application: Student Last Name_#_Recommendation.pdf (For example: Jane Buckeye.123 would be saved as Buckeye_123_Recommendation.pdf.)

Submit Recommendation

Contact: Ann Rottersman, Director of Student Programs, rottersman.1@osu.edu.

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