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, 2016. 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, 2016. 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 January 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 900 SAT (critical reading plus math) 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.

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

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

To apply for this scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Incoming freshman student for fall 2016
  • 3.8 cumulative high school grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • 30 ACT composite or 1300 SAT (critical reading plus math)
  • Application for admission and credentials on file with the Office of Admissions by December 7, 2015
  • Application to the Honors College on file by December 7, 2015

Applications will be reviewed after December 7 and selected students will be invited to interview on campus late February 2016. More information is available.

This is a $4,000 award for incoming freshmen in the Honors College, payable over four years ($1,000 per year). Eligible students must apply to BGSU and the Honors College by January 15, 2016 to be considered for the award. Factors that might be taken into account are financial need, unique experiences, diverse backgrounds, in addition to the Honors Application and Essay. This scholarship can be combined with the University Freshman Academic Scholarship.

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 7, 2015. More information is available.

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 7, 2015. More information is available.

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.

Incoming freshman from Wood or Lucas County may apply for a scholarship to cover the cost of books for your freshman year. To qualify, you must be an admitted freshman and live in Wood or Lucas County. The scholarship application and FAFSA must be completed by January 15, 2016. More information is available.

The Robert and Ellen Thompson Scholarship Program for Working Families application is available to incoming first-year students who plan to start at Bowling Green State University in Fall 2016. Transfer students with military service will also be considered. Students receiving this scholarship are awarded a scholarship based upon financial need. Minimum awards are $1,000 per year. The application deadline is April 15, 2016.

Students talented in music, athletics, art, math, science, writing, leadership and demonstrating other significant accomplishments may be eligible for additional scholarships. For requirements, please visit the searchable scholarship website.