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Freshman Scholarships

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Bowling Green State University offers scholarships ranging from $1,000 – full fees. More detailed information is listed below for our freshmen awards. See our scholarship questions and answers for more information.

University Freshman Academic Scholarships

Incoming fall freshmen may be eligible for the University’s Freshman Academic Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $8,000. The level of award is based on cumulative GPA and ACT or SAT test scores. In order for full consideration for academic scholarships, students must apply for admission by January 15, 2017. Students applying after the January 15 deadline will be considered for academic scholarships as funds remain available. Students may submit updated official credentials, including improved high school GPA or higher ACT or SAT composite scores, to the Office of Admissions for higher award consideration until March 1, 2017. No automatic scholarships will be awarded beyond this date. No additional application is required.

In addition, need based assistance will be available to students who meet need guidelines and academic criteria. In order to be considered for need based aid, including federal, state and BGSU institutional assistance please complete the FAFSA form as soon as possible after October 1. More information on how to apply for need based assistance.

Use the calculator to find the scholarship level you are eligible for based on your GPA and test score. You must be an entering fall semester freshman to receive a scholarship award.

BG Success Scholarship** (for non-Ohio residents)

This scholarship provides one-half off the non-resident fee to full-time non-Ohio residents (current value = $3,768). Eligibility is based on cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale or 20 ACT composite or 1020* SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) scores. Students must apply by January 15th in order to receive the award for the following semester. No additional application is required and scholarship is renewable if all criteria are met.

*900 for SAT taken prior to March 2016.
**Students admitted to the University Program for Academic Success and the BGSU Firelands Pathway will not qualify for this award. 

Continue learning more about additional BGSU scholarships by choosing an option below:

The Honors College and the Office of Admissions will host a scholarship competition for incoming freshmen. The Presidential Scholars Award is a full-fee scholarship and is renewable.

To apply for this scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Incoming freshman student for fall 2017
  • 3.8 cumulative high school grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • 30 ACT composite or 1390* SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing)
  • Application for admission and credentials on file with the Office of Admissions by December 5, 2016
  • Application to the Honors College on file by December 5, 2016

Applications will be reviewed after December 5 and selected students will be invited to interview on campus late January 2017. More information is available.

*1300 for SAT taken prior to March 2016

This scholarship currently covers the cost of any educational expense up to the cost of tuition, is renewable for four years and includes a $1,000 book award. A separate scholarship application is required and the deadline to apply is December 5, 2016. 

The Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy is a four-year leadership development program that prepares students to lead with integrity and make meaningful contributions to society. Awardees receive a renewable scholarship up to the cost of in-state tuition and general fees. Applications are due by December 5, 2016. More information is available.

This scholarship ranges from $1,000-$3,000 and is renewable.  It is based on financial need, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and 20 ACT or 1020 SAT** score, race/ethnicity, first generation college student, and commitment to diversity.  This scholarship is renewable if all criteria are met.  

To be considered, students need to apply for admission, complete the FAFSA, and have a complete financial aid file by January 15.

*Students admitted to Firelands Pathway or the University Program for Academic Success will not qualify for this award.

**Contact the Office of Admissions for SAT requirements for tests taken prior to March 2016.

BGSU Alumni Association scholarships are typically valued at $1,000 and are available to incoming and continuing students. Students do not need to be legacies (having a parent that attended) to be eligible for the awards. Specific eligibility criteria vary for each award. Detailed information on the BGSU Alumni Association scholarship program is available.

The University Bookstore Community Book Loan Program:
  • Provides required course materials for 50 entering freshmen. Cost of books is estimated at $800-$1,100.
  • Is renewable for spring semester, provided sufficient academic progress is made and books issued are returned in acceptable condition
To Qualify, you must:
  • Be an entering freshman (Wood County or Lucas County Ohio residents only) planning to enroll on main campus*
  • Submit an application for admission and all credentials by January 15
  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 15

For more information contact 419-372-2478 or choosebgsu@bgsu.edu.

*Students admitted to Firelands Pathway or the University Program for Academic Success will not qualify for this award.

The Robert and Ellen Thompson Scholarship Program is designed to assist students from working families who may struggle with the cost of higher education. Students receiving this scholarship are awarded a scholarship ranging from $1,000-$6,000 based on financial need. Students must have completed community service in high school and need to apply for fall admission and submit the FAFSA by January 15th.

 

Students talented in music, athletics, art, math, science, writing, leadership and demonstrating other significant accomplishments may be eligible for additional scholarships. Please visit the University Scholarships Office website for additional information.