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Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards of Circumstance for Returning Students

Academic Scholarships

Students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 in order to ensure automatic renewal of all academic scholarships. Please read the Scholarship & Award Provisions so that you are aware of all requirements for keeping your scholarship.

Returning Student Scholarships $8,500 per year
Awarded to continuing students who were not awarded an academic scholarship as entering students, but who have achieved at least a 3.4 cumulative grade-point average after a minimum of two full-time semesters' work at Muskingum.Student Financial Services staff review all students at the end of each semester and students who meet the criteria are automatically awarded the scholarship. Students who receive Returning Student Scholarships will no longer receive Muskie Awards and PLUS Opportunity Awards.

Endowed Departmental Scholarships
Awarded to enrolled students as part of Scholarship Recognition Day held in the spring of each year. Students are selected by faculty in academic departments for awards funded by donors to Muskingum. See individual academic departments for details on scholarships offered.

External Scholarships
Whenever an outside organization makes us aware of a scholarship opportunity we will add it to our listing of External Scholarships. Students are responsible for letting Student Financial Services know of any External Scholarships they are receiving. The scholarships must be counted as part of their financial aid and may affect their eligibility for work-study, subsidized loans and in some cases grants or other scholarships. Students may use the External Scholarship Form to report scholarships they are receiving.

Total Award Maximums and Limits
Limitations are placed on the total amount of Muskingum-funded non-need based assistance which a student may receive. Please read the Scholarship & Award Provisions for more information on these limits.

Science and Performance Awards

First-time science and performance awards to returning students are limited to $500 per award.

Science Division Scholarship  are directed toward outstanding students pursuing a degree in the natural and physical sciences. Selection of recipients is made by the Science Division.

palmer galleryMuskingum offers several scholarships to students interested in participating or majoring in the following areas. Performance awards are determined by the respective academic departments. Additional information on these scholarships and applications can be found by clicking on the links below:

All awards are renewable dependent upon maintenance of a specified grade-point average and participation in departmental activities. First-time performance awards to upperclassmen are limited to $500 per award.

Muskingum Awards
Eligibility is determined at the time of acceptance and amounts are determined by the admission office.

Access Awards

Special awards to selected entering students with exceptional financial need and/or to those who represent
underserved populations.

Horizon Awards
Awarded to selected students based on involvement, achievement, and leadership in multiple areas.

Muskie Awards
Automatically awarded to students who meet defined GPA and ACT/SAT standards, but who do not qualify for academic scholarships.

PLUS Opportunity Award (POA)
Awarded to selected students in the PLUS program who meet defined GPA and ACT/SAT standards who
do not qualify for academic scholarships or Special Acknowledgement Awards.

Awards of Circumstance
Muskingum offers certain automatic Awards of Circumstance to students who meet the defined conditions for the award. Financial need is not a consideration, but the awards are included as part of the financial aid package for students demonstrating need.

Appalachian Regional Grants $1,000 per year ($500 per year for students entering before 2015 Fall)
Automatically awarded to students residing in the Appalachian Region, as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Legacy Grants $3,000 per year (beginning with the 2015-16 academic year)
Awarded to students having one of the following Legacy connections:
The student must be the dependent child, grandchild or sibling of a former Muskingum University student who has completed at least two years/four semesters at Muskingum University or be the sibling of a current Muskingum University student who is a dependent of the same parents.

Other cases where an immediate family relationship with a current Muskingum student or Alumnus exist (such as: step-parent,step-sibling) may also be approved by the Financial Aid Committee.

Students who qualify should complete the Legacy Grant information form. 

General Motors EEOC Scholarship $1,000 per year
Awarded to minority students and female dependents of GM employees. A 2.8 cumulative GPA is required for renewal of the scholarship.
Brown Chapel

Clergy Grants $1,000 per year
Awarded to children of ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) ministers who are engaged in full-time church work.

Presbyterian Grants $1,000 per year
Automatically awarded to communicant members of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Students who qualify should complete the Presbyterian Grant information sheet.


Alumni Grants $1,000 per year (only available to students entering before 2015 Fall)
Automatically awarded to children and grandchildren of Muskingum University alumni.
Students who qualify should complete the Alumni Grant information sheet.

Sibling Credit $3,000 per year for each student (only available to students entering before 2015 Fall)
Awarded when two or more dependent students from the same family are enrolled simultaneously at Muskingum.

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