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Academic Scholarship Program


Our on-campus "Scholarship Days" are for high school seniors who have applied for regular undergraduate admission and who qualify for academic scholarships based on their academic performance in high school. On three consecutive Saturdays, eligible students come to campus for the opportunity to earn enhancement money to add to their initial awards, to learn more about other scholarship opportunities, to meet with faculty, and much more. Participation in this program is an important part of the overall scholarship process, and is required for a student to be considered for the John Glenn Scholarship, our full-tuition academic scholarship.

Other parts of this program include a morning session for parents on the overall scholarship and financial aid process, informational sessions on the Muskingum University academic program and majors presented by faculty, a catered lunch for all, and campus tours in the afternoon. In addition to testing for academic scholarship enhancement , Art and Music students may audition or show portfolios during the afternoon as well, and students interested in Journalism, Radio/TV, Digital Media Design, Forensics (speech), and Theatre are encouraged to attend group meetings with faculty to learn more about these programs and special scholarship opportunities. Admission and Financial Aid staff and current MU students are also available in the afternoon, to visit with families, and campus tours are available as well.


Participants must apply for admission to Muskingum University prior to the test date. Applicants who qualify for academic scholarships earn the right to participate in this program. In general, students should have at least a 3.2 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in academic subjects and a composite ACT of 22 or higher (SAT math/verbal combined score of 1,050 or higher) to be considered. Note that these are general guidelines, based on averages for our typical incoming students. The only way to know if you are eligible for academic scholarship is to submit all application materials well in advance of the Scholarship Day program. Any level of academic scholarship resulting from our review of your application materials will qualify you to participate.

Eligibility Criteria

Participation in the Scholarship Days program is an important consideration for all scholarships, and is required for the John Glenn Scholarship. Final scholarship amounts for all participants are based on:

  1. Secondary school academic record including curriculum, grades and class rank.
  2. Results of the ACT or SAT test.
  3. Performance on the written examination at the Scholarship Day program.

    * And for certain levels of scholarship, a personal interview on the day of the competition.

A student's base scholarship level is determined by the high school record and ACT/SAT scores. This program simply gives students the opportunity to add to that base. NOTE: Scholarship Day performance can only increase (and never decrease) the amount of a scholarship award.


Initial scholarship levels are determined at the time of application review and admission decisions, with final levels to be determined by the end of February--after the conclusion of Scholarship Days, and in time for need-based financial aid packaging to begin. Any new academic information submitted after the initial level is determined can potentially increase the starting offer (e.g., new ACT/SAT scores, new grades), but the Scholarship Days program is best way to enhance your award, with typical enhancement amounts between $500-1,500.

Academic scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years with maintenance of at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Science & Performance Scholarships

Outstanding students pursuing a degree in any area of study within our Science Division may apply for a Science Division/COFS (STEM) Scholarship of $500-3,000 per year. Students demonstrating outstanding aptitude in art, digital media design, music, theatre, broadcasting, journalism, or speech may apply for performance scholarships in those areas. Annual performance awards typically range from $500-2,000 in music and from $500-1,500 in the other areas. Selection is made by the respective departments, and performance awards require an audition, interview, or portfolio review with faculty. (More information and downloadable forms.)


Results from the Scholarship Program will be announced beginning in mid-February, as decisions are made, with all participants being notified of their final scholarship amounts as soon as decisions are finalized.