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Ohio Dominican awards Merit Scholarships to full-time, traditional undergraduates, either incoming freshman or transfer students.

Incoming Freshmen

All applicants will be evaluated for Ohio Dominican Merit Scholarships at the time of acceptance.  Scholarship levels are determined after a holistic review of the application file, including but not limited to high school GPA and official test score.

First-Time Freshman Scholarships                           

  • Honors Distinction Scholarship*: (Covers full tuition over 4 years.)
  • Merit Scholarship: (Students earn $13,000 – $19,000 per academic year.)
  • Honors Scholarship: (Additional $1,000 awarded per year to students who are accepted into ODU’s Honors Program. Recipients of full-tuition scholarships are excluded.)

*Must apply separately to ODU’s Honors Program and participate in the University’s annual Honors Scholarship Competition.

Merit Scholarships are renewable for 4 years while obtaining an undergraduate degree as long as the student is enrolled full time and maintains good academic standing.

Merit Scholarships are contingent upon a student's application and acceptance to Ohio Dominican University. If you do not meet the minimum admission requirements, your file will be reviewed for admission and scholarships on an individual basis.

Honors Scholarships require a separate application to ODU's Honor's Program. Visit the Honor's Program page to learn more and apply

Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to complete the FAFSA so that ODU can determine eligibility for additional need-based financial aid.

Transfer Students

Merits scholarships are based on transcripts if a student is transferring from another college.

Scholarships range from $12,000 to $16,000 and are renewable each year, provided the student meets the academic criteria stated at the time of the scholarship. 

Merit Scholarships are contingent upon a student's application and acceptance to Ohio Dominican University. Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to complete the FAFSA so that ODU can determine eligibility for additional need-based financial aid.

  • Merit Scholarship Matrix
    Cumulative GPA Amount of Merit Scholarship
    3.30 - 4.00 $16,000
    2.80 - 3.29 $14,000
    2.20 - 2.79 $12,000

    Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship - Additional $2000. The Ohio Dominican Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is awarded to transfer students that are current members of Phi Theta Kappa and in the process of completing their first undergraduate degree. Students must be enrolled full-time and already completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of transferrable college credit after graduating from high school.

    Students that meet these criteria should notify the transfer admission office at transfercounselors@ohiodominican.edu or (614) 251-4500.

    Note: You must be a full-time student to be eligible for merit scholarship.

Additional Scholarships

  • ODU Endowed Scholarships

    An endowed scholarship is established with funds received from external donors. It can be either merit-based or need-based depending on donor preferences.

    Students do not apply for these scholarships. The ODU Financial Aid Office matches qualifying students to these scholarships each year.

    Learn more about ODU Endowed Scholarships.

  • Bishop Frederick F. Campbell Diocesan Scholarship

    Ohio Dominican University offers its Bishop Frederick F. Campbell Diocesan Scholarship to Catholic high school students. To qualify, students must:

    • Attend one of the 11 Catholic high schools in the Columbus Diocese.
    • Earn a cumulative 3.0 or higher grade point average.
    • Meet ODU’s current undergraduate admission standards.
    • Pursue full-time enrollment at ODU for the fall semester.

    The scholarship is for incoming freshmen only and is renewable for up to four years, as long as students maintain their good academic standing.

    This allows students the possibility of earning up to $4,000 over four years on top of any additional merit and/or need-based financial aid.

  • Catholic Columbus Diocese Sibling Grant

    Ohio Dominican University offers its Catholic Columbus Diocese Sibling Grant to Catholic high school students that have had a sibling that has attended Ohio Dominican University. To qualify, students must:

    • Attend one of the 11 Catholic high schools in the Columbus Diocese.
    • Be a sibling of a former Ohio Dominican University student.
    • Meet ODU’s current undergraduate admission standards.
    • Pursue full-time enrollment at ODU for the fall semester.

    The scholarship is for incoming freshmen only and is renewable for up to four years, as long as students maintain their good academic standing.

    This allows students the possibility of earning up to $4,000 over four years on top of any additional merit and/or need-based financial aid.