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

If you're ready for higher education at one of America's top private universities, we want to make OWU possible for you. We want you to have access to truly great teaching and The OWU Connection, with travel opportunities that will change your worldview and internships and research projects that will give you the skills that employers and graduate schools crave.

Explore our clear and straight-forward scholarship program below.

For best consideration for these awards and scholarships, please apply by January 15. You don't have to complete a separate scholarship application. If you're admitted to OWU, your application is automatically reviewed to determine whether you qualify for merit awards and scholarships.

Academic Scholarships

Jackie Robinson and Branch RickeyBranch 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

These scholarships range up to $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.

This 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. 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 Awards recognize first-­year students with a demonstrated commitment to service and leadership. To retain this scholarship, students must remain in good academic standing and be involved with community service for the duration of their studies at OWU.

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.

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.

Access Scholarship Program
OWU values our community partners that can help us provide access and opportunity to promising students. To that end, we have created the Access Scholarship Program. For admitted Access 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. 

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