WE ARE developing a new generation of STEM scholars.

The Cardinal Science Scholars Program: STEM Scholarships at Otterbein

Otterbein’s focus on preparing the next generation of STEM scholars means creating opportunities and pathways to bring promising students and their potential to our campus. We know that with the right scholarships and opportunities, a family’s income will not be the determining factor in whether a promising scholar can attend a world-class university like Otterbein.

The Cardinal Science Scholars program is about more than a scholarship though…

  • It’s an opportunity to be mentored by faculty members known for providing individualized attention.
  • It’s the chance to experience curricular and co-curricular activities designed to support your success, your career and professional preparedness, and your graduation in the STEM fields.
  • It’s an invitation to join a community of scholars.

In addition to a merit scholarship, Cardinal Science Scholars will have additional opportunities to connect with their faculty and fellow student scholars to explore their academic and professional interests including the opportunity to:

  • Participate in a summer immersion experience
  • Benefit from peer and professional mentoring
  • Engage in unique internship and research experiences
  • Build a meaningful network as a member of the Cardinal Science Scholar seminar course

Successful applicants will be awarded an annual scholarship that ranges from $4,500 up to $10,000. Accepted scholars who meet all program requirements, including maintaining a 3.0 GPA, will be supported for all four years of study at Otterbein.

The Cardinal Science Scholars program at Otterbein is funded with generous support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative. Otterbein University is one of a select number of schools in Ohio offering this prestigious scholarship support.


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Doing research so early on in my college career solidified that I want to work in a lab environment. Having that experience was what allowed me to get my internship at the company that I now work at full time. Working in an R&D lab, in addition to technical knowledge, requires multi-tasking, time management, collaborating with others and more.

I learned all of these things in labs while I was at Otterbein. It made moving into a professional lab environment less intimidating. Otterbein has many opportunities for students to get involved and I believe it makes them stand apart from others.

Elizabeth Isaac ’19

Cincinnati, Ohio

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Who is eligible to apply?
Students interested in consideration as a Cardinal Science Scholar will:

  • Be admitted for full-time study in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, Physics, or Zoo and Conservation Science.
  • Demonstrate academic ability and potential. Additional attention will be given to those students’ whose coursework and involvement reflects academic rigor and scientific curiosity.
  • High School students must have a GPA greater than or equal to 3.0.
  • Demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Be citizens of the United States, nationals of the United States, aliens admitted as refugees, or aliens lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.

What is the amount of the scholarship awarded?
Scholarships vary in amount ranging from $4,500 to $10,000 per year. The Cardinal Science Scholars scholarship is awarded for full-time study for four years as long as all academic and participation requirements are fulfilled. To maintain good standing, Cardinal Science Scholars must continue in one of Otterbein’s STEM programs, participate in planned program opportunities, and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

If I am chosen to compete to become a Cardinal Science Scholar, what is the process?
The first step is the easiest — simply apply to Otterbein University. Your completed Otterbein application, that meets program requirements, along with expressed interest in one of the eligible STEM programs will ensure you are considered. Students are also required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

To ensure full consideration, you are encouraged to apply by Otterbein’s Priority December 15 application deadline. Applications will continue to be considered after December 15 if funds are still available.

Qualifying applicants will be invited to take part in a virtual interview with a small group of Otterbein STEM faculty members. Interviews will take place on a continuing basis starting after the December 15 priority application deadline.

If you are a prospective student interested in the Cardinal Science Scholar program, please contact Dr. Brigitte Ramos at bramos@otterbein.edu.

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Quote RedOtterbein prepared me well for graduate school as well as my professional career through a great engineering program and even better internship opportunities.

I was able to study a wide range of disciplines through my four years which helped me figure out where my interests were in the expansive field of engineering. My internships also helped me develop my professional life and put my academic knowledge into practice.

Miguel Pedrozo ’19

Systems Engineering
Westerville, Ohio