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 Scholarship

Incoming fall freshmen may be eligible for the University Freshman Academic Scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $8,000. The level of award is based on cumulative GPA and ACT or SAT results. To receive full consideration for academic scholarships, students must apply for admission by January 15, 2018 and submit all credentials by March 1, 2018. Students may submit updated official credentials, (official high school transcripts & ACT or SAT results) to the Office of Admissions for higher award consideration until March 1, 2018. 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 is available.

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 out-of-state students)

This scholarship provides more than one-half off the non-resident fee to full-time non-Ohio residents (current value = $4,000). 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 & Math sections) scores. Students must apply by January 15th and submit all credentials by March 1st in order to be considered for this award. 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 or the Pathway Program 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 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 2018
  • 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 4, 2017
  • Application to the Honors College on file by December 4, 2017

Applications will be reviewed after December 4 and selected students will be invited to interview on campus late January 2018.

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*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. The deadline to apply is December 4, 2017.

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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 4, 2017. To fill out the application, log into your MyBGSU account, select Financials, and then select Scholarship Opportunities.

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The Academic Investment in Mathematics & Science (AIMS) Program is a four-year program that seeks to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities who graduate from BGSU with a STEM major.  Awardees receive valuable scholarship, research, and mentorship opportunities. Applications are due by January 15. Application is in the Searchable Scholarship Guide in MyBGSU account, which can be set up after being admitted.  

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Science and Math Education in ACTION is a four-year Choose Ohio First scholarship program for students considering teaching science and/or mathematics at the middle or high school level. ACTION provides unique opportunities such as a Summer Bridge program, family atmosphere, hands-on involvement, mentorship, and research experience. Applications are due by January 15, 2018. To fill out the application, log into your MyBGSU account, select Financials, and then select Scholarship Opportunities, or apply through the link below.

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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.  

Students must be admitted and complete the FAFSA with a complete financial aid on file by Jan. 15. Application is in the Searchable Scholarship Guide in MyBGSU account, which can be set up after being admitted.  

*Students admitted to the Pathway Program 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 25 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
  • Complete the application by logging into your MyBGSU account, selecting Financials, and then selecting Scholarship Opportunities

*Students admitted to the Pathway Program 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 $5,000 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 15. Scholarship application can be found in the Searchable Scholarship Guide in your MyBGSU account, which can be set up after being admitted.

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