Otterbein Scholarships & Awards
The Otterbein application for admission is also the application for consideration for Otterbein scholarships. The completed application, including additional materials submitted as part of the application, such as the student’s high school or college transcript(s), ACT or SAT scores, and recommendations may be used in scholarship decisions. Some scholarships also require submission of the FAFSA, or interviews, portfolio reviews, auditions and/or participation in additional activities. Unless otherwise noted, Otterbein scholarships are renewable for up to eight semesters or first undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. 2.75 Otterbein GPA required for renewal.
Note: Otterbein institutional aid can never exceed the value of tuition.
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Test Optional Admission and Scholarships Policy
Due to Covid-19 disruptions to the availability of ACT and SAT tests, Otterbein has adopted a test optional admission and scholarship policy for Spring, Summer and Fall terms 2021. Students with high school GPA of 2.75 or lower are encouraged to submit a test score if available. Some academic programs or courses may require an ACT/ SAT score, placement score or additional pre-requisite courses for enrollment.
FAST FAFSA FACTS
Students admitted for Fall 2020 who filed the FAFSA received, on average, $6,100 more in Otterbein aid than families who didn’t file.
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- Otterbein’s FAFSA Code: 003110
- FAFSA applications available online at fafsa.gov: Oct. 1
- FAFSA priority filing date for May 1 decision: Feb. 15
Scholarships Awarded at the Time of Admission
The following scholarships are awarded during the admission review process. Students cannot retroactively request consideration for these awards.
Awarded to students who have demonstrated scholarship and leadership in high school. Consideration for these awards is based on a student’s overall application for admission. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years.
President’s Scholarship starts at $15,500 – almost half tuition!
Typically awarded to students with a high school GPA > 3.75, or students with a HS GPA >3.5 and/or are in the top 15% of their class, and have an ACT composite of 24 or higher (SAT 1180 EBW & M). Four year value $62,000.
Provost’s Scholarship starts at $11,000 – one third tuition!
Typically awarded to students with a high school GPA > 3.2, or students with a HS GPA > 2.95 and/or are in the top 40%of their class, and have an ACT composite of 21 or higher (SAT 1080 EBW & M). Four year value $44,000.
Alumni Scholarship starts at $8,000 – almost one quarter tuition!
Typically awarded to students with a high school GPA >2.75, or students with a HS GPA <2.75, and an ACT composite of 18 or higher (SAT 970 EBW & M). Four year value $32,000.
Other awards of interest:
Ammons Thomas Award $2,000 to $5,000
Offered to multicultural students who exhibit both strong scholarship and leadership. Consideration for this award is based on student’s overall application for admission.
Cardinal Science Scholars (STEM) Program $4,500 to $10,000
The Cardinal Science Scholars scholarship is awarded for full-time study in one of Otterbein’s STEM programs for four years as long as all academic and participation requirements are fulfilled. Visit our STEM Scholarship page for more information.
Choose Ohio First Scholarship in Computer Science
Awarded to Ohio residents who attend Otterbein with a declared major in either the Computer Science B.S. or B.A. programs. The scholarship is awarded based on financial need with a preference given to students who are underrepresented in computer science based on gender, ethnicity, income level, or school district. To learn more, see the Computer Science program information on our Department of Engineering page.
Legacy Award $1,000
Offered to new First Year students whose parent or grandparent is an Otterbein Alumna/Alumnus.
Sibling Award $1,000
Offered when two or more siblings are enrolled concurrently.
Scouting Achievement Scholarship* $15,000
Awarded to Scouts who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout or the Girl Scouts Gold Award. Must apply by December 15. Replaces other Otterbein merit aid, except when value of other award is higher (students receives higher value award). Four year value $60,000.
Otterbein Honoring Service Scholarship $19,000
Awarded to recipients of Folds of Honor award or the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship. Value of this award replaces other Otterbein merit aid. Four year value $76,000.
Otterbein Advantage Partnership Scholarship $19,000
Awarded to new first year or transfer students at time of admission in lieu of other merit awards for students under the age of 23 whose parent or guardian is a qualified employee of one of the following Advantage Partners: Central Ohio Primary Care (COPC), Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), Columbus City Schools, the City of Westerville, Franklin County, g2o, or OhioHealth.
Awards Requiring Additional Evaluation
This last-dollar award covers the direct cost of tuition, up to the student’s full financial need as determined by the FAFSA, after all federal and state aid, including the Direct Student loan, has been applied. Must be an Ohio resident with a family income of $60,000 or less or be a federal Pell grant recipient. Amount varies. The Opportunity Scholarship does not cover room and board or books. FAFSA required.
May be offered to students choosing to live in a university residence hall (not available for students living in apartments, theme houses, fraternity and sorority houses, or commuting.) Award amounts vary. Renewable if student remains in eligible university housing. Stacks on base merit award. FAFSA required.
Otterbein United Methodist Ministerial Grants $500 to $7,000
Awarded to Otterbein students whose parent or guardian is a United Methodist Minister and who has unmet financial need. Replaces all other Otterbein need-based aid. FAFSA Required.
Full Tuition Scholarships
Otterbein awards three full tuition scholarships through an essay competition. The value of this award replaces all other Otterbein aid. By invitation only. Must apply by December 15.
Battelle Half Tuition Scholarship
Competitive award for student leaders from Franklin and contiguous counties. Stacks on base merit award. Value of this award replaces all other Otterbein aid. By invitation only. Must apply by December 15.
International Baccalaureate Scholarship $1,000 – $5,000
Recognizes students participating in the IB program. Must pass two IB courses to qualify. Not eligible to students with talent, participation or Ammons Thomas awards. Must apply by December 15.
Cardinal Corps Leaders $1,500
Awarded to incoming first year students who lead weekly service programs. Interview required. Must apply by December 15.
Van Sant Fellows $1,500
Awarded to incoming first year students who act as ambassadors for leadership development on campus. Interview required. Must apply by December 15.
Otterbein LGBTQIA Scholarship and other endowed awards
Otterbein donors provide more than $2.5 million in annual scholarship support for Otterbein students. The Otterbein application serves as the application for Otterbein endowed scholarships that are awarded through the admission process. Must apply by December 15.
Yellow Ribbon Scholarship
Otterbein is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon GI Educational Enhancement Program which allows eligible veterans to attend Otterbein tuition free. Eligible Post 9/11 GI Bill veterans may also transfer their unused educational benefits to their spouses or children.
Talent and Participation Awards
Awarded to students majoring in Art, Communications, Creative Writing, Music, and Theatre, or minoring in Dance. All talent and participation awards require a separate audition, portfolio review, interview and/or essay. Students must be majors in the department they are awarded a talent award. Limit of one talent award per student. Renewal criteria set by department. Students must remain a major in the awarding department.
Talent awards offered after a student has been awarded need-based aid may result in the reduction or elimination of the need-based aid.
Music Talent Awards $11,000 to $25,000
Awarded to Music majors through an audition process. Talent award is offered in lieu of other Otterbein awards or merit scholarships.
Young Artist Award $30,000
Competitively awarded to five Otterbein Music majors who excel during the audition process. Additional auditions and submissions required. Replaces all other Otterbein aid and scholarships. Must apply by December 15.
Music Participation Awards $3,000 to $6,000
Offered to non-Music majors who agree to participate in Otterbein ensembles and take required private lessons and courses. Audition required.
Athletic Band $1,000
For participants of Otterbein Athletic band. Must play woodwind, brass or percussion instrument, or be a member of color guard or twirler. Audition/tryout required.
For more information visit www.otterbein.edu/music/apply
Theatre and Dance
Theatre Talent Awards (BFA Musical Theatre and Acting) $11,000 – $25,000
Awarded to admitted students through the audition process. Talent award is offered in lieu of other Otterbein awards or merit scholarships.
Theatre Talent Awards (BFA Design Tech and BA Theatre) $3,000 – $8,000
Awarded to admitted students through portfolio review or interview. Stacks on base merit award.
Dance Talent awards $2,000
Awarded to students minoring in Dance through the audition process.
For more information visit www.otterbein.edu/theatre-dance/apply
Art Talent Awards $1,000 – $8,000
Art majors can electronically submit two images of their art work for an initial talent award of $1,000 to $3,000. Admitted students can undergo a full portfolio review with the opportunity to earn an additional $1,000 – $5,000 in talent awards.
For more information visit www.otterbein.edu/art/scholarships/art-talent-award
Communication Abilities Awards $1,000 – $3,000
Designed to recognize outstanding students interested in communications careers. Must remain a major in the Communication department and a 3.0 gpa to renew.
For more information visit www.otterbein.edu/communication/scholarships
Creative Writing Talent Awards $1,000 – $3,000
Awarded to Creative Writing (BFA or BA) majors through a portfolio review. Must Apply by December 15.
For more information visit www.otterbein.edu/english/programs/creative-writing-portfolio-submission-form
Teacher Academy Talent Awards $1,000 – $3,000
For students completing a Teacher Academy Capstone project in high school and have an ACT minimum subscore of 20 in English and Math, or an SAT score of 500 in Evidenced-based Reading and 500 in Math. Interview and portfolio review required.
Grow Your Own Diversity Award $3,000 – $5,000
For students of color completing a Teacher Academy Capstone project in high school and have an ACT minimum subscore of 20 in English and Math, or an SAT score of 500 in Evidenced-based Reading and 500 in Math. Interview and portfolio review required.
For more information visit www.otterbein.edu/education/admission-enrollment
Adult & Transfer Student Scholarships
Transfer students with less than 30 earned credit hours will be considered for the same scholarships, but their complete academic history will be used (high school GPA, class rank, ACT/SAT scores and college GPA). All students are eligible to file for need-based aid by completing the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.gov.
Associate Degree Scholarship - $17,000
We want to ensure all Community College graduates from an accredited institution know they are valued and will make a great addition to the Cardinal family. Students who have already earned their Associate’s Degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher are eligible for our Associate Degree Scholarship. Students must remain in full-time status while completing their Bachelor’s degree to maintain the Associate Degree Scholarship.
Presidential Scholarship - $15,500
Awardees have an accumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher of college level work
Provost Scholarship - $11,000
Awardees have an accumulative GPA of 2.71-3.4 of college level work
Alumni Scholarship - $8,000
Awardees have an accumulative GPA of 2.0-2.7 of college level work
Additional Information & Resources
How much does Otterbein cost?
How much will it cost?
|Room & Board||$ 11,774|
|Student Fee||$ 450|
And while some of our families pay a little more each year for an Otterbein education than they would at a state school, they tell us they’re still saving money the long term. Why? Otterbein students are more likely to finish on time. Four years at a slightly higher rate is still cheaper than five years someplace else.
Most Otterbein graduates begin their careers owing much less than the average price of a new car.* Also in the “win” column, your degree won’t depreciate the minute you drive off of campus.
*The average cost of a new car in 2018, according to the Kelley Blue Book.
Curious about your costs? Our Financial Aid Estimator will give you a quick estimate of what your financial aid package could be:
Please answer the following questions. To receive an estimate of your Otterbein Scholarship, please submit your GPA and at least one test score. For a more complete estimate of your financial aid package, complete the last four questions as well.
This is not an application for aid and does not guarantee admissions into Otterbein University. You must complete your Admission Application to receive your scholarship offer. You must submit a FAFSA to get your need-based aid award.
The above financial aid package is designed to give your family an estimate of how much financial assistance you may be eligible to receive for the 2020 - 2021 academic year. This tool is designed for students who will be new first-year, full-time students and is not intended for use by prospective transfer, returning, continuing, international or part-time Otterbein students. This estimate does not represent a final determination, or actual award, of financial assistance or a final net price. Costs of attendance and financial aid availability change from year to year. This is not an application for aid and does not guarantee admissions into Otterbein University.
To determine the actual assistance that you will receive from Otterbein University, you should apply for admission by January 15 of your senior year and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15th. All prospective students and their parents are encouraged to complete and submit the FAFSA.
*The total cost of attendance used is based on the housing selected; Commuter ($39,718) or On-Campus ($47,822). These values include direct and indirect costs associated with being a full-time Otterbein student.
Online Scholarship Search
The following sites are helpful for searching for available scholarships:
- FastWeb’s free scholarship search includes more than 600,000 scholarships worth more than $1 billion. FastWeb also offers expert advice and how-tos on financial aid, scholarships, selecting a major, choosing a career and more.
- www.kellytrust.org – Awarding scholarships to individuals who demonstrate dedication, discipline, and resourcefulness and are seeking to become successful in all aspects of their life.
- MyCollegeDollars.com – Connect now with the nearly $6 BILLION in available scholarship aid and $45 BILLION in federal and state grants.
- Outside Scholarship Listing – Our office is posting outside scholarships on Facebook. We are notified occasionally of scholarships being offered. Go to our Facebook page and Like us to receive these and other important notices.