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Engineering Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen


Engineering students here at Ohio State have access to a multitude of financial aid resources. Our engineering scholarships are designed to be integrated into a student’s total financial aid package.

We have two distinct goals for our engineering scholarship programs: recruitment and retention. In the College of Engineering we allot only about 15% of our scholarship funding dollars to recruit new freshmen. The remaining 85% is focused on retention and awarded to enrolled students based on their academic performance at Ohio State. For the 2016-2017 academic year, the College of Engineering and the individual engineering departments combined awarded about 1,400 engineering scholarships worth approximately $3 million to our undergraduate students.

Please note: The engineering scholarship programs listed in this section are used primarily to recruit new freshmen.

The College of Engineering has over 150 accounts earmarked for financial support of enrolled engineering students based on their academic performance here at Ohio State. If you are not offered one of our recruiting scholarships for your freshman year, you remain eligible for funding in future years based on your academic performance. At Ohio State's College of Engineering, your opportunities for funding actually increase as you progress through our curriculum.

For additional information about engineering scholarship programs, please contact Marian Carter, scholarship program manager, at (614) 688-8074 or

Scholarship Timeline
September 1 The Ohio State Special Scholarships Application will become available for freshmen seeking to gain admission to the university for autumn 2018.
November 1 Early action and priority deadline for freshmen applying to the Columbus campus. Please see for more details.
February 1 Regular decision deadline for freshmen applying to the Columbus campus. Please see for more details.
February 1 Deadline for the Special Scholarships Application (for freshmen seeking to gain admission to the university for 2018-2019). Students who submit the scholarship will receive an email confirming receipt of the application. Please click the link at the bottom of the page to begin the Special Scholarships Application.
February 1 FAFSA and Ohio State Application for Special Scholarships Deadline. Please see the Student Financial Aid website for more details.
Late February or Early March

Ohio State Financial Aid will notify students by email regarding their aid packages for 2018-2019. This notification will list all sources of aid, including any scholarships awarded by the College of Engineering. The College of Engineering and its individual departments will also mail letters to those students who have received an award as a result of their Special Scholarships Application submission.

May 1 Acceptance Fee Payment Deadline

All new freshmen students who wish to apply for College of Engineering scholarships (including those offered by departments, Women in Engineering and the Minority Engineering Program) must complete this online application.

Helpful Hints:

  • You can submit the scholarship application as soon as you have an Ohio State user name from your admission application! You will need to activate your Ohio State user name before starting the scholarship application. You can activate your account at
  • The application includes questions about your activities and involvement in high school and asks for a short essay describing how you are prepared to study engineering at Ohio State. 
  • Think about how you can make your application unique! Many students who submit the application highlight their love of Legos from a young age, being inspired by family members who are engineers, and their performance in and enjoyment of challenging math and science classes. These are good reasons to start thinking about engineering, and are often part of an average application. However, students with outstanding applications tend to give more detailed and specific examples from their own recent experiences. Tell us about why you enjoy your classes; how you solved a problem in a lab or design challenge; what kinds of hands-on experiences with design, construction, or mechanics you have; or what you learned about your fit with engineering through a relationship with a mentor, teacher, or a current engineer. Don’t just list what you’ve done, but tell us about how it connects to your own interest in engineering and has helped prepare you to become a Buckeye engineer!
  • To help you get started, here are a few examples of content you might want to consider including in your application: high school math, science, or engineering coursework; college coursework; engineering-related summer camps; FIRST Robotics; design projects; hands-on activities; work experience; job shadowing; math or science-based student organizations; and any experiences which have been related to or helped you build skills for engineering.
  • If your high school didn’t offer these types of opportunities or resources, don’t worry! You can include any of your own experiences in your application, even if they aren’t listed here as examples. Tell us about the ways in which you have learned about and prepared to study engineering. Maybe you researched the field of engineering on your own, found opportunities to develop hands-on skills such as construction or restoration projects, worked with a mentor to explore engineering opportunities, or took a different approach. Use your application to describe your own experiences and how they connect with your interest in and preparation for becoming a Buckeye engineer.