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Freshmen & Transfer Student Scholarships

The University of Cincinnati is excited to provide scholarship opportunities that reward your achievements and assist you in meeting your college costs. More detailed information for these key campus-wide programs is available through the links in each paragraph. Additional information is available on the scholarship chart and from the Scholarship & New Student Financial Aid Center (; 513-556-2420).

Cincinnatus Scholarship Program

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The cornerstone University of Cincinnati freshman scholarship program continues to be Cincinnatus, a program that awards more than $22 million in UC four-year scholarships. Awards are made at multiple levels to the brightest and most promising prospective freshmen in academic disciplines throughout all of the undergraduate colleges.

For Cincinnatus scholarship consideration, incoming freshmen must have their complete admission application (to include transcript and official test scores) at UC by December 1st of their senior year.

Scholarships are renewable for up to 8 full-time, in-class semesters subject to completing the annual 30-hour community service requirement and maintaining a minimum 3.2 grade point average.

Cincinnatus Excellence Scholarship for National Merit and National Hispanic Finalists

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Up to 60 National Merit and National Hispanic Scholars Finalists are eligible for the Cincinnatus Excellence Scholarship, which elevates the Cincinnatus award to a scholarship totaling in-state tuition and fees (out-of-state students are responsible for the out-of-state surcharge) and standard residence hall room cost (if living on campus or in university-affiliate housing). Awardees also receive admission to UC's University Honors Program and a $1,500 one-time allocation toward the purchase of a computer, undergraduate research study or study abroad experience.

The Cincinnatus Excellence Scholarship is renewable for up to 8 full-time, in-class semesters subject to completing the annual 30-hour community service requirement and maintaining a minimum 3.2 grade point average. Further information is available from the Office of Admissions.

Darwin T. Turner Scholarship Program

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Named in honor of the youngest person ever to graduate from UC, the Darwin T. Turner Scholarship Program provides in-state tuition and book allowance stipend. First-time students admitted into a baccalaureate program must have a 3.0 GPA and a 24 ACT/1090 SAT for consideration. Students must have a complete admission application (including transcript and official test scores) at UC by December 1st.

Scholars enjoy a strong sense of community through academic and service activities required for scholarship renewal.

UC Transfer Scholarships

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For consideration, community college students need to have completed their associate degree within two years of their planned enrollment at UC and be transferring directly from a degree-granting community college to a UC bachelor's degree program.

UC offers several transfer student opportunities as well as a scholarship opportunity for transition students from our branch campuses.

  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships - Up to four $6,000 annual scholarships for members of the community college honor society Phi Theta Kappa who graduate with a 3.75 cumulative grade-point-average.
  • UC Community College Transfer Scholarships - Up to fifty $2,100 annual scholarship for graduates of two-year programs who have a GPA of at 3.25 or higher.
  • Cincinnati Pathways Scholarships - Cincinnati State associate degree graduates with a 3.5 GPA who are admitted through the Pathways program will be awarded a $2,100 annual scholarship.
  • Sinclair Pathways Scholarships - Up to twelve Sinclair associate degree graduates with a 3.25 GPA will be awarded a $2,100 annual scholarship.
  • UC Blue Ash & UC Clermont Transition Scholarships - Up to twelve $2,100 annual scholarships will be awarded to high achieving students with a minimum 3.50 grade point average transitioning to a UC four-year program on the Uptown campus following their associate degree completion.

For maximum consideration, community college transfer students must have their admission application and transcript information submitted to UC by April 30th.

Transfer scholarships can be received over four full-time, in-class semesters (equivalent to the two years generally required for community college transfer students to complete their bachelor’s degree) assuming the student is enrolled full-time at UC, makes satisfactory academic progress and earns at least a 3.2 GPA.

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For maximum UC scholarship consideration, incoming freshmen should complete their admission application (the Common Application including UC-specific areas, high school-submitted transcript, official test scores sent directly from testing agencies, and at least one letter of recommendation) by the early action deadline of December 1.

Incoming transfer students must apply by April 30th for UC scholarship consideration.

Scholarship Search

Incoming freshmen, transfers and continuing students can explore UC and other scholarship opportunities using our scholarship search tool located on the top navigation bar throughout this site.

UC academic programs list their scholarship options. As well, many outside agencies provide UC with scholarship information that we, in turn, make available to you. Please use this search tool routinely as new scholarships are posted as information becomes available.

Search tools on non-UC websites including can provide additional scholarship options. Students are always cautioned from paying to apply for or receive scholarship information.