New Freshman Scholarships

We encourage all admitted students to seek out scholarships to help cover the cost of college. Below are some of the key steps in the scholarship process:

  • All students who apply and are admitted to BGSU by January 15 of their senior year of high school will receive the highest consideration for automatic BGSU Academic Scholarships
  • If a student receives a BGSU Academic Scholarship, they will be notified by the Office of Admissions when a decision is made. Be sure to save any terms and conditions for future reference.
  • Beginning October 1, admitted students can apply for additional scholarships through the Searchable Scholarship Guide. Be sure to review the Recommended Opportunities tab, as well as, those available with the general and conditional applications, and check back periodically for additional awards.
  • All BGSU scholarships will be listed in the student’s financial aid offer in early spring.
  • External scholarships received through the student’s local high school, community, etc., should be sent to the Office of the Bursar. Be sure to endorse any checks that are co-payable to the student and BGSU and include the student’s BGSU ID # on the check and/or award letter.

Common Freshmen Scholarships

Although there are many more scholarships available in the Searchable Scholarship Guide, below are a list of common scholarships freshmen may be awarded.

University Freshman Academic Scholarship

$1,000-$8,000

Incoming freshmen may be eligible for the University's Freshman Academic Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $8,000. The amount awarded is based on cumulative high school GPA and ACT or SAT test scores. In order for full consideration for academic scholarships, students must apply for admission by January 15, 2019. These awards are restricted to students pursuing a program at the Main BGSU campus. No additional application is required and scholarship is renewable if all criteria are met.

BG Success Scholarship

Covers half of BGSU's non-resident fee

This scholarship provides more than one-half off the non-resident fee to full-time non-Ohio residents. Eligibility is based on cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale or 20 ACT composite or 1040 SAT (critical reading plus math) scores. Students must apply by January 15 in order to receive the award for the following semester. No additional application is required and scholarship is renewable if all criteria are met.

Falcon Achievement Award

$1,000-$3,000

This scholarship ranges from $1,000-$3,000 and is renewable. It is based on a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and 20 ACT or 1040 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, submit the FAFSA, and complete the Falcon Achievement application in your Scholarship opportunities list by January 15.

*Students admitted to Firelands Pathway will not qualify for this award.

The Robert and Ellen Thompson Scholarship Program for Working Families 

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 based on financial need. Students must have completed community service in high school and need to apply for fall admission, submit the FAFSA, and complete the Robert and Ellen Thompson Scholarship Program for Working Families application in their Scholarship opportunities list by January 15.