Engineering Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

New incoming freshmen engineering students may be considered for competitive scholarship opportunities offered through the College of Engineering. Previously, for the 2020–2021 academic year, the College of Engineering and individual engineering departments awarded over 2,600 engineering scholarships totaling $4,133,350 to our undergraduate students. If you are not offered a recruitment award your freshman year, don’t worry! At Ohio State's College of Engineering, your opportunities for funding actually increase as you are admitted to major and progress through the curriculum.


ScholarshipUniverse houses the College of Engineering Scholarship Application. The application filing priority deadline is February 1, 2021. Students who receive a scholarship will be notified via the “Award Summary” tab on

Scholarship Timeline

November 1

Apply to The Ohio State University by November 1

February 1

Submit the College of Engineering Scholarship Application on ScholarshipUniverse by February 1 

February 1

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


Check BuckeyeLink to view your complete financial aid package, including any scholarship offers, mid-March


Apply annually for additional scholarship opportunities as a continuing student each year

Engineering Specialty Recruitment Awards

Engineering Dean’s Scholarship
The number of awards will vary annually with this scholarship. This $1,000 award is selected on the basis of academic merit or financial need (as determined by the FAFSA).

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Award
Students that self-identify as participants on any FIRST team through the College of Engineering Scholarship Application on ScholarshipUniverse are reviewed for this competitive, merit-based $1,000 award. Up to 20 awards issued annually.

Honda - Ohio State Scholarship
If you received a Honda STEM award during your senior year in high school, you can receive consideration for the $3,000 renewable Honda Scholarship, which is awarded to eligible STEM award recipients ranked in the top 10% of their high school class, with a minimum 26 ACT or 1180 SAT score, and at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average. Up to 30 scholarships awarded to either Pre-Engineer, Business, or Arts and Sciences STEM majors (click here for a list of eligible majors). To apply, complete the College of Engineering Scholarship Application on ScholarshipUniverse and FAFSA.

Choose Ohio First Scholarship: Computer Science (CS)
A $5,200 renewable scholarship awarded to incoming Ohio residents pursuing a major of either Computer and Information Science or Computer Science and Engineering. Students must complete the College of Engineering Scholarship Application on ScholarshipUniverse and FAFSA for consideration. Approximately 35 awards annually.

Engineering Departmental Recruitment Awards

Most engineering departments provide scholarships to new freshmen! Completing both the College of Engineering Scholarship Application on ScholarshipUniverse and FAFSA puts you into consideration for both merit and need-based scholarship opportunities offered based on your declared engineering major. Amounts and terms will vary and additional eligibility may be used in selection.  

Also, the Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering (FABE) and Engineering Physics departments offer additional opportunities for students that have declared that specific pre-major. As a prospective student, you should check with these departments to inquire about supplemental scholarship applications and applicable due dates. 

Terms of Scholarship Awards

Scholarship Renewals
Scholarships can be one-time only or renewable. Terms of renewal will be included in ScholarshipUniverse. Completing the College of Engineering Scholarship Application on ScholarshipUniverse annually expedites renewal processing.  

The disbursement of both autumn and spring semesters of your scholarship is always contingent upon enrollment in the College of Engineering but may also be contingent on remaining in the same major check ScholarshipUniverse or with the College of Engineering Scholarship Office. 

Most scholarship opportunities are made possible by the generosity and support of donors. The College of Engineering’s Office of Advancement may require you to participate in an event or submit information as a recipient of a donor-funded scholarship. All activities are mandatory and lack of participation could affect your consideration for future scholarship support.    

Helpful Hints

  • The College of Engineering Scholarship Application on ScholarshipUniverse and FAFSA are opened in the fall and hold a priority date of February 1 every year.
  • Although you can submit the scholarship application as soon as you have an Ohio State Username (details to activate your username at are provided after you submit your admission application), the application is not first come, first served.
  • 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 LEGOs® 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.
  • Extensions of the application deadline are not available.
  • 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.


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A Message from the Scholarship Team

Hello from the College of Engineering Scholarship team!

As prospective students to The Ohio State University College of Engineering for the 2022 – 2023 academic year, we highly recommend you submit a FAFSA and visit ScholarshipUniverse to complete the College of Engineering Scholarship Application and The Ohio State Scholarship Application. These applications should be completed by February 1 on an annual basis for consideration for scholarship funding. Your complete financial aid award package will be posted online by mid-March on BuckeyeLink.  

Our office is committed to providing timely responses to any questions or concerns there may be regarding engineering scholarship awarding. We are currently on a hybrid schedule: available for walk-ins on Thursdays only, but available by Zoom appointments daily. To schedule an appointment or submit an inquiry, our office can be reached via email or phone between 8 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Our contact information is listed below.

All the best & GO BUCKS,

True, Kelly, and Austin


College of Engineering Scholarships Office
614-688-8074 Office