Students and families tell us that cost is a real barrier to a high-quality education.
We're doing something about it.
More than 99% of Ohio Wesleyan students receive scholarships or need-based financial aid.
In the spirit of one of our great alumni, OWU offered the Branch Rickey Scholarship, $30,000, renewable for up to four years (a total of $120,000), during the 2020-2021 recruitment year.
Students who don't qualify for the Branch Rickey Scholarship may be eligible for awards starting at $25,000.
Please explore the range of scholarship opportunities offered to Ohio Wesleyan applicants for admission.
In honor of OWU alumnus Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who led the integration of Major League Baseball when he signed Jackie Robinson in 1945, this scholarship is given to outstanding first-year students with a minimum 3.6 GPA.
Renewable: Good academic standing and up to four years.
Wesleyan and Schubert Scholarships
All first-time freshmen students who receive the Branch Rickey Scholarship will be invited to compete for the Wesleyan and Schubert Scholarships. The Wesleyan Scholarship is a $10,000 award offered in addition to the Branch Rickey Scholarship, and the Schubert Scholarship is a full-tuition award that replaces the Branch Rickey Scholarship. Eligible students will receive notification at the time of admission and will be invited to compete for the scholarships on one of three dates in January/February (and/or virtually, as circumstances warrant). Students are evaluated based on their overall academic record, and an in-person/virtual competition that may include an essay response and group interview process.
These scholarships start at $25,000 and are provided to first-year students with true potential for success. Retention of these scholarships requires recipients to remain in good academic standing at OWU for up to 4 years.
The Legacy Grant is given to enrolling children, stepchildren, grandchildren, and step grandchildren of Ohio Wesleyan University alumni. Retention of scholarship requires recipients to remain in good academic standing at OWU for up to 4 years. Please note that the Legacy Grant cannot be combined with another merit scholarship offer. Legacy students who qualify for a merit scholarship with a higher value than the Legacy Grant, will receive that merit award instead, and will not receive the Legacy Grant.
Meek Community Service and Leadership Scholarship
The Meek Community Service and Leadership Scholarship, worth $10,000 per year (or $40,000 over the course of four years), rewards two incoming, first-year students each year who exhibit outstanding participation in community service and strong leadership skills. Students who receive this scholarship are expected to maintain their high standards of service and continue to lead within the Ohio Wesleyan community. The Meek Scholarship can be stacked on top of other awards a student may receive. Apply for the Meek Community Service and Leadership Scholarship before February 1.
Life/Eagle Scout Scholarship
Ohio Wesleyan University, in conjunction with the Lake Erie Council, Boy Scouts of America, recently announced a new scholarship that recognizes high achievement. As part of the agreement, an unlimited number of Life or Eagle Scouts will be selected by Ohio Wesleyan University and awarded a $32,000 annual and renewable scholarship for up to 4 years, worth over 65 percent of tuition and mandatory fees. (If awarded, the Life/Eagle Scout Scholarship will replace the previously awarded Branch Rickey Scholarship.)
Charles Thomas Scholarship
Ohio Wesleyan celebrates the courage, character, and life of Dr. Charles Thomas, Class of 1905, in establishing the Charles Thomas Scholarship in his memory. For those selected as Charles Thomas Scholars, Ohio Wesleyan will meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all four years as determined by the FAFSA. Eligible students will have participated in a college access program during high school.
Merit awards are also conferred by various academic departments, including Fine Arts, Music, and Theatre, Economics, and Education. These scholarships are awarded based on competitive review (portfolio, audition, interview) by respective departments. Awards vary.
Child/Spouse of Clergy
This award is given to dependent children and/or the spouse of an ordained minister (with benefit of pension) under appointment of a Bishop of the United Methodist Church, either in the local church or beyond the local church. Retention of scholarship requires recipients to remain in good academic standing at OWU.