Incoming Freshmen 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 (financeaid@uc.edu; 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.

UC National Outreach Award

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The UC National Outreach Award is a scholarship program recognizing the academic merit of students coming to the University of Cincinnati from designated states. 

Students can be awarded a renewable $6,000 annual award to reduce out-of-state tuition costs. For 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.

UC National Outreach awards 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. 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/1160 SAT-R 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.

Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program

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The State of Ohio has awarded specialized scholarships to innovative STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) academic programs. Several proposals by University of Cincinnati faculty have been selected to provide scholarship funding and programmatic benefits to recruit and retain Ohio STEMM students. 

To be considered for these renewable awards offered in engineering, sciences, and allied health, mathematics with a focus in actuarial science, medical sciences, or nursing, incoming first-year students must submit a complete admission application (including transcript and official test scores) at UC by December 1st of their senior year. Limited awards will be determined by the colleges of these academic disciplines.

Alumni Legacy Scholarships

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The UC Alumni Association will review admission applictions of high achieving students within the Cincinnatus scholars whose parent or grandparent is a UC graduate and member of the Loyal Bearcat or William Howard Taft Society donors.

Students must have a complete admission application (including transcript and official test scores) at UC by December 1st.

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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.

All UC scholarship awards are made in accordance with the UC scholarship policies.

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 www.fastweb.com can provide additional scholarship options. Students are always cautioned from paying to apply for or receive scholarship information.