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Current Engineering Student Scholarships

We strongly recommend that all students complete the following applications each year to maximize financial aid packages:

  1. FAFSA - Due February 1, 2017
  2. College of Engineering Scholarship Application - Due February 1, 2017 (Closed)
  3. OSU Application for Special Scholarships - Due February 1, 2017

Please read before completing your scholarship application.

All currently enrolled students who wish to apply for College of Engineering and engineering departmental scholarships must complete the College of Engineering Scholarship Application. 

Please read the following helpful hints before completing your application for scholarships.

Helpful Hints

Be prepared to answer a variety of questions in the following areas: OSU ID and e-mail address, enrollment plans for SU17 thru SP18, a listing of school activities, work experience, and areas of interest (such as defense work, etc.) You will need to answer a wide variety of questions which may not seem relevant to you, but keep in mind that the application is designed to match students with as many scholarship opportunities as possible.

Prepare a Personal Statement before starting the application. You will have the opportunity to cut and paste the information into the application (Word is preferred). Please note that the Personal Statement is expected to be no longer than 700 words. The essays should be well organized, concise, and provide the scholarship committee with relevant information about the student that is not already included on the application form or that might need further explanation.

Please make sure that you certify the application at the end of the process. It is critical that you complete this section. IF IT IS NOT COMPLETED, YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE EVALUATED. Upon successful certification and submission of the application, you will receive an email confirmation.

Scholarship Applications and Deadlines
for Undergraduate Students Academic Year 2017-18

Academic-based Scholarships Only

The College of Engineering and engineering departments no longer have separate scholarship applications. All COE and departmental scholarships (except FABE, please contact Bev Barrick) are available to students by filing the College of Engineering Scholarship Application. To maximize your potential results from this application simply enter the required information and a Personal Statement by the February 1, 2017 deadline. You will receive confirmation once your application is submitted. Your information will be compared to eligibility criteria for all scholarship accounts, so you do not need to apply for individual scholarships. The Engineering Scholarship Committee will make selections and notify recipients during spring and summer semesters.

You should use the Personal Statement to tell us about your specific interests, experiences and goals as they relate to your current engineering studies and future engineering career. For example, your interests could be as general as manufacturing or consulting. An ECE major might be interested in power distribution or circuits. If there is a specific company that you are interested in, be sure to mention that. Discussion of classes and internship/co-op experience is also appropriate. While most of the statement should focus on engineering, it is also appropriate to discuss your financial situation. And if you answered yes to any of the application questions, please include a paragraph in your Personal Statement to provide details.

Virtually all of our scholarship accounts are awarded based on academic performance here at OSU. Some of our accounts have additional criteria such as financial need, campus leadership, service activities or county of residence – but academics is the primary focus.

International students are eligible to apply for engineering scholarships (both departmental and College), as most of our funds are available to all engineering majors and pre-majors regardless of nationality. Please note - scholarships for international students are usually small and range from around $500 to $1,500 per year.

Merit and Need-based Aid

To be considered for College of Engineering merit and need-based scholarships, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the federal processors by February 1. It is important to apply by the Feb. 1 deadline, even if it means estimating the income information reported on your FAFSA. Ohio State’s Office of Student Financial Aid is recommending that all students file the FAFSA online.

Study Abroad Scholarships

The College of Engineering has scholarship funds earmarked for students who participate in study abroad or international service-learning programs. Students who are participating in Engineering sponsored programs (e.g. Honduras, Ghana, Haiti Solar, India and South Africa) do not need to apply for funding. Those students will automatically be screened for possible scholarship support. Students participating in programs not on the Engineering sponsored list should contact College of Engineering Scholarship Manager, Marian Carter ( Due to budget constraints these scholarships are limited to students with demonstrated financial need and range from $500 to $1,500. 

Online Resources

The Office of Student Financial Aid homepage:
File the FAFSA on the Web at:
OSU Application for Special Scholarships: