Engineering Scholarships for Continuing Students

Continuing students are able to apply for scholarship opportunities offered through the College of Engineering every year of enrollment.

Scholarship Timeline

December 1

The College of Engineering Scholarship Application tentative open date on ScholarshipUniverse 

February 1

Submit the College of Engineering Scholarship Application on ScholarshipUniverse (external link) by February 1

February 1

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (external link) by February 1 (strongly encouraged for consideration for grant funds and need-based aid)


Check BuckeyeLink to view your financial aid package*


Apply for scholarship consideration each year

*All College of Engineering scholarships may not be reflected by this time frame; the scholarship review process will continue through early-August

Current Student Opportunities

Merit Awards
Through the College of Engineering Scholarship Application on ScholarshipUniverse, students can apply for all College of Engineering and major-specific scholarships based on academic performance, special interest, professionalism, or leadership.

Departmental Awards
Some departments within the College of Engineering may offer opportunities for students that have declared that specific major. Students should check with their academic advisor to inquire about additional scholarship applications and applicable due dates. 

Research Awards
Students that choose to follow their own investigational instincts through Undergraduate Research may be eligible to earn funding. Engineering Advising can provide additional details regarding research and scholarship options. 

Need-Based Awards
Both the College of Engineering Scholarship Application on ScholarshipUniverse and FAFSA must be on file for consideration of scholarships based on financial need.

Global Initiatives Scholarships
Funds are available for students who participate in engineering-based study abroad, international service-learning programs, or other Global Initiatives. Students who are participating in engineering-sponsored programs will be able to apply for funding through the College of Engineering Global Engineering.

External Awards
Occasionally, external scholarships are sent to our office for distribution. External scholarships are available through companies, individuals, or organizations outside of The Ohio State University. After a thorough evaluation, an email notification with scholarship details will be sent to eligible students. With any external opportunity, we caution students to conduct their own research to avoid scams (external link). Luckily, ScholarshipUniverse has an extensive database of external scholarships that have been verified as a reliable source.

Helpful Hints

  • The FAFSA opens October 1 annually and holds a priority date of February 1. It is not required but strongly encouraged for every student.
  • The College of Engineering Scholarship Application opens early December and will close on April 1, however, submitting by the February 1 priority date is the only way to ensure you are considered for all opportunities.
  • On ScholarshipUniverse, start with the questions first. Each question is associated with a specific scholarship. Completing all the questions is the only way to ensure you are applying for the maximum opportunities available to you. Take a break if needed but make sure to finish those questions.
  • A few questions may be similar to others on ScholarshipUniverse. Don’t skip them! Again, each question is directly linked to an award. Skipping could result in a missed opportunity. A question not applicable to you? Select the “N/A” option.
  • Once all the questions are completed on ScholarshipUniverse, you may see an overwhelming number of eligible Ohio State scholarships for which you qualify; however, there are likely only 2-3 applications to complete to apply for the scholarships for which you may be eligible. Remember, you must complete the applications for scholarship consideration: not just the questions.
  • A personal statement is required. It may be beneficial to compose in MS Word and copy and paste to your application. The essay should be well organized, concise, and provide relevant information not already included in your application or provide further explanation of information elsewhere on the application.
  • Think about how you can make your application unique. Most applicants will highlight why they started to pursue a career in engineering (love of LEGO® from a young age, engineers within their family that have inspired them, their performance in and enjoyment of challenging math and science classes, etc.), however, students with outstanding applications provide detailed and specific examples from recent experiences that show evidence of their ability to be successful in the College of Engineering at Ohio State.

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College of Engineering Scholarships Office