Branch Rickey believed if you have the skills, you should have the opportunity. We do too!

$30,000 for students with a 3.4 cumulative GPA and accompanying 23 ACT or 1150 SAT

Students and families tell us that cost is a real barrier to a high-quality education.

We're doing something about it.

About 97% of Ohio Wesleyan students receive scholarships or need-based financial aid. Now, in the spirit of one of OWU's great alumni, we're increasing our Branch Rickey Scholarship to $30,000, renewable for up to four years, and we're making it available to every new student with both of these two qualifications:

  • 3.4 accumulative high school GPA
  • 1150 SAT or 23 ACT

Students who don't qualify for the Branch Rickey Scholarship may be eligible for awards starting at $20,000.

Please explore the range of scholarship opportunities offered to Ohio Wesleyan applicants for admission.  

Merit ScholarshipsJackie Robinson and Branch Rickey

Branch Rickey
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.
Requirements: 3.4 GPA and an accompanying 23 ACT or 1150 SAT score
Renewable: Good academic standing and up to four years. All Branch Rickey Scholarship recipients are eligible to be considered for the Wesleyan scholarship ($10,000 a year for four years) or the Schubert Scholarship (full-tuition, renewable for four years). Students are invited at the time of admission to attend the scholarship competition for which they are eligible (determined by their academic credentials).


These scholarships start at $20,000 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 Award 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 Award cannot be combined with another merit scholarship offer. Legacy students who qualify for a merit scholarship with a higher value than the Legacy Award, will receive that merit award instead, and will not receive the Legacy Award. 

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, beginning fall 2019.

Access Program Scholarship
OWU values our community partners that can help us provide access and opportunity to promising students. To that end, we have created the Access Program Scholarship. For admitted Access Program Scholars qualifying for need-based aid, Ohio Wesleyan will meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all four years as determined by the FAFSA.

Department Awards
Merit awards are also conferred by various academic departments, including Fine Arts, Music, Theatre and Dance, 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.

Office of Financial Aid


Office of Financial Aid
Slocum Hall #246
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3050
F 740-368-3066