UC National Outreach Award

The UC National Outreach Award is a scholarship program recognizing the academic merit of students coming to the University of Cincinnati from select, targeted geographic areas. 

Qualifying students who enroll directly from a high school within the targeted states into a baccalaureate degree program are eligible for a renewable $6,000 annual award to reduce out-of-state tuition costs.1

Awardees will also be considered for other UC freshman scholarship awards.

Targeted Geography

The targeted geographic areas for the UC National Outreach Award are incoming freshmen residents of the following states:

California Connecticut Georgia
Illinois Maryland Massachusetts
Michigan New Jersey New York
Pennsylvania Texas Virginia
Wisconsin District of Columbia

Students residing in one of these states who meet the December 1 application deadline will automatically be reviewed for possible awarding.


To be considered for renewable UC National Outreach Awards of $6,000, incoming freshmen must have a complete application for admission (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 December 1st of their senior year. 

Qualifying incoming freshmen must meet the following three criteria:

  • 3.2 unweighted/3.5 weighted GPA3 as reported on the official transcript used in the admission decision
  • 26 ACT composite or 1240 SAT combined critical reading and math score
  • Be assessed full non-resident surcharge1 when coming to UC from one of the targeted states

All UC National Outreach Awards are renewed for the length of the undergraduate academic program2 providing the student maintains a 3.2 GPA and completes the annual 30-hour community service requirement.


  1. Students eligible for Ohio residency, tuition remission, reciprocity, or metropolitan tuition programs, a UC Global Scholarship, or any scholarship of $6,000 or more directed only for non-resident fees are ineligible for this award program.
  2. Length of the undergraduate program is considered 8 full-time, in-class semesters.
  3. Weighted GPA is determined and used for award eligibility if the high school weights any GPAs.
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The UC National Outreach Award is a renewable scholarship program through 8 in-class, full-time terms assuming that the student maintains a 3.2 GPA and completes the annual 30-hour community service requirement reviewed at the end of each spring.

National Outreach Scholars who are also awarded a Cincinnatus Scholarship have the same renewal criteria. Therefore, the same annual 30 hours of community service fulfill renewal of both awards.

Cincinnatus Scholars eligible for the $6,000 UC National Outreach Award are ineligible to receive the $3,000 Cincinnatus Out-of-State Award. Similarly, students awarded a UC Global Scholarship are not eligible for the UC National Outreach Award. All scholarship awards will be reviewed to comply with scholarship limits.