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Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards of Circumstance for First-Year Students

Academic Scholarships
Muskingum offers academic scholarships to qualified students based on the strength of high school curriculum, grades in college-prep courses, and ACT/SAT results. The application for admission serves as the application for scholarships and awards unless otherwise noted.

The John Glenn Scholarship is Muskingum's highest award - a four-year, full-tuition scholarship offered to a small number of entering first-year students through the Academic Scholarship Program.

Muskingum also offers Muskingum Academic Scholarships which range from $10,000 to $17,000 per year, and may be enhanced through an excellent performance in the Academic Scholarship Program. Program dates for first-year students entering in Fall 2015 are January 31, February 7, or February 14, 2015.

Please review the far right column of the Muskingum Commitment & Family Cost Estimator to match your GPA and ACT/SAT test score to a Muskingum Academic Scholarship amount.

Science Division Scholarships $500-$2,000 per year are directed toward outstanding students pursuing a degree in the natural and physical sciences. A separate application is required and selection of recipients is made by the Science Division. You may download the application from our Forms & Literature page.


Choose Ohio First
Choose Ohio First (STEM) Scholarships $2,000-$3,000 per year are directed toward outstanding students pursuing a degree in the natural and physical sciences. A separate application is required and selection of recipients is made by the Science Division. You may download the application from our Forms & Literature page.

Choose Appalachian Teaching Scholarship
The CAT scholarship program is for future adolescent-to-young-adult (AYA) mathematics and science teachers in southern and eastern Ohio. CAT scholarships are undergraduate scholarships for two, three, or four years in the amount of $4,000 per year at Muskingum University. More information and an application can be found at CAT Scholarship. Early Decision deadline is March 1, 2015 and the regular-decision deadline is June 1, 2015.


Performance Awards

palmer galleryMuskingum offers several scholarships to students interested in participating or majoring in the following areas. General ranges of awards for entering students are as follows:

  • Music - $500 to $2,000 per year
  • Digital Media Design - $500 to $1,500 per year
  • Art - $500 to $1,500 per year
  • Forensics (speech/debate) - $500 to $1,500 per year
  • Journalism (print/broadcast) - $500 to $1,500 per year
  • Theatre - $500 to $2,500 per year

Performance awards are determined by the respective academic departments. Additional information on these scholarships and applications can be downloaded from our Forms & Literature page.

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 detrmined by the admission office.

Access Awards
 up to $5,000 per year 
Special awards to selected entering students with exceptional financial need and/or to those who represent
underserved populations. 

Horizon Awards up to $1,000 per year
Awarded to selected students based on involvement, achievement, and leadership in multiple areas. 

Muskie Awards $4,000 to $9,500 per year for 2014-15
Automatically awarded to students who meet defined GPA and ACT/SAT standards, but who do not qualify for academic scholarships.

PLUS Opportunity Award (POA) up to $3,000 per year
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 (begionning with the 2015-16 academic year)
Automatically awarded to students residing in the Appalachian Region, as defined by the  Appalachian Regional Commission. For additional information please see the  Appalachian Regional Grant information page.

Legacy Grants $3,000 per year (beginning with the 2015-16 academic year)
Awarded to children, grandchildren and siblings of Muskingum alumni. Also awarded to each student when two or more dependent students from the same family are enrolled simultaneously at Muskingum. 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.

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. 


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.

Scholarship and Award Renewal
Students must be attending full-time and maintain a 3.0 GPA for renewal of scholarships and be making Satisfactory Academic Progress for renewal of Muskingum Awards and Awards of Circumstance.

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.

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