The new Delaware County Promise program provides a tuition-free OWU education for qualifying incoming high school students from Delaware County! All high school students who live in or go to school in Delaware County, who have a 3.5 or higher GPA, and whose family has an annual adjusted gross income of less than $100K can now go to Ohio Wesleyan tuition-free.


New for Fall 2024, OWU's Delaware County Promise program means that all high school students who meet the following qualifications can attend Ohio Wesleyan tuition-free:

  • Live in or go to high school in Delaware County.
  • Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Family has an annual adjusted gross income of less than $100K.

To promote academic success and a full living-learning experience, students who receive the Delaware County Promise Scholarship must live on the OWU campus. The Delaware Promise Scholarship covers tuition, and students are responsible for room and board charges.

Please click here to apply for the OWU Delaware County Promise Scholarship.

Why the Delaware Promise?

More than 180 years ago, the people of Delaware donated to the Rev. Adam Poe to purchase the Mansion House (known today as Elliott Hall) and found a college. Through their generosity and vision, Ohio Wesleyan University was chartered in 1842. OWU owes its existence to the people of Delaware, and it is fitting that we give back to the famility of our community.

Eligible High Schools

If you live in Delaware County or attend any of the Delaware County high schools listed below, you may be eligible the OWU Delaware County Promise Scholarship.

  • Big Walnut HS
  • Buckeye Valley HS
  • Compass School
  • Delaware Area Career Center
  • Delaware Christian School
  • Genoa Christian Academy
  • Grace Baptist School
  • Jubilee Christian School
  • North Spring Christian Academy
  • Olentangy Berlin HS
  • Olentangy HS
  • Olentangy Liberty HS
  • Olentangy Orange HS
  • Riverview HS
  • Rutherford B. Hayes HS
  • Westerville Central HS
  • Westerville North HS

Campus Community

Ohio Wesleyan is a residential campus community, where students live, learn, and play in an environment that promotes personal growth and success. Delaware County Promise students must live on campus.

How Do I Apply?

This is the easy part. Just apply to OWU as a first-year student, send your transcripts, and complete the FAFSA. We'll do the rest and let you know if you're eligible.

The Delaware Promise Program is only applicable to domestic first-year students, and any outside financial aid received, such as Pell Grants, will be applied to tuition.

Contact Info


Offices of Admission & Financial Aid
Slocum Hall 302
Delaware, Ohio 43015
P 740-368-3050
F 740-368-3066