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Scholarships

The YSU Foundation, with an endowment of over $212 million, is committed to providing this "edge of excellence" for the University and the students it serves.  The Foundation, whose sole purpose is to benefit Youngstown State University, provides more than $7.4 million in scholarship assistance annually for its students.  You must submit the YSU Undergraduate Admission Application (with transcripts) by February 15 to be considered for scholarships through the Scholarships for Excellence Program at Youngstown State University.  With the exception of the Leslie H. Cochran University Scholars application, there are no other application forms needed for YSU's Scholarships for Excellence.  Students cannot be awarded more than one scholarship through the Scholarships for Excellence program.
 

Freshman Scholarships for Excellence

Incoming Freshmen Scholarships recognize academic achievement of new high school graduates.  These scholarships are awarded to beginning first-year students who have been admitted to the University.  Full-time enrollment is required for disbursement.
 
 Scholarship Value Criteria Renewal
 First Opportunity  $1,000
 $4,000 four years
  • 3.0 GPA
  • ACT 19 or SAT 900
  • 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Minimum 12 hours per term
  • 3.0 overall GPA
 Red and White  $2,000
 $8,000 four years
  • 3.0 GPA
  • ACT 22 or SAT 1030
  • 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Minimum 12 hours per term
  • 3.0 overall GPA
 Deans'  $3,000
 $12,000 four years
  • 3.5 GPA
  • ACT 25 or SAT 1140
  • 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Minimum 12 hours per term
  • 3.0 overall GPA
 President's  $4,000
 $16,000 four years
  • 3.5 GPA
  • ACT 27 or SAT 1220
  • 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Minimum 12 hours per term
  • 3.0 overall GPA
 Trustees'  $5,000
 $20,000 four years
  • Valedictorian
  • 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Minimum 12 hours per term
  • 3.0 overall GPA

 

University Scholars Award - (Incoming Freshmen)

The Leslie H. Cochran University Scholarship is YSU's most prestigious scholarship.  These significant scholarships are awarded to first-year students coming directly from high school.  The program is uniquely designed to combine the pursuit of academic excellence within an intensive cultural and social environment. Recipients become part of the University Honors Program, which may include:.
 
  • Admission into the Honors Program
  • Honors housing
  • Participation in specially planned on and off-campus speakers, concerts, plays, and athletic events
  • Community service projects planned and coordinated by University Honors
  • Early registration

 
 Value Minimum Criteria Renewal
  • Up to all fees and tuition*, on-campus room and board fees, and a $360 academic-year allowance for books and supplies (estimated at $18,000)
     
  • If renewed for the full four years of study, the estimated value is approximately up to $72,000.
  • 26 ACT or SAT combined Math, Verbal and Writing 1670
     
  • 3.5 GPA
     
  • 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Minimum 12 hours per term
  • 3.0 overall GPA

If you are applying as a high school candidate, all application materials must be submitted by February 15 and must be certified by your high school administration.  A completed application will include both an Application for Admission to YSU and the University Honors Program application.
 
* Tuition granted up to 32 hours per academic year, not to exceed the bulk rate.
** In special cases, students with outstanding academic credentials along with some other distinguished achievement (in the arts, humanities, or sciences, for example) will be considered for an award.

Students enrolled in YSU's jointly sponsored medical program, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy, are not eligible for the Leslie H. Cochran University Scholarship.

Click to print the University Honors Program application.

 

Martin Luther King Inner-City Achievement Award - (Incoming Freshmen)

This merit-based award is available to graduates of local inner-city schools*.
 
 Value Criteria
  • Merit awards of up to $1,000 per academic year
  • Graduate of local inner-city schools*
  • Minimum half-time enrollment required
  • 3.0 GPA
  • ACT 19 or SAT 900

*Campbell Memorial, Cardinal Mooney, Chaney, East, Farrell, John F. Kennedy, Niles McKinley, New Castle, Sharon, Struthers, Summit Academy, Ursuline, Warren G. Harding, Youngstown Christian, Youngstown Early College

 

Provost Scholarship - (Incoming Freshmen)

The Provost Scholarship recognizes high achieving out-of-state students.  Please note that out-of-state students who qualify for the main merit programs (freshman scholarships for excellence) can receive the Provost Scholarship in addition to the merit scholarships.
 
 Value Criteria Renewal
  • Merit awards of up to $6,000 per academic year
  • Up to $24,000 four years
  • Out-of-state resident (excludes Affordable Tuition Advantage area)
  • 3.0 GPA
  • ACT 19 or SAT 900
  • 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Minimum 12 hours per term
  • 3.0 overall GPA

 

Transfer Scholarships

Transfer scholarships are available and offered through the generosity of the YSU Foundation.  Transfer students are encouraged to apply early for financial aid and to observe the February 15 deadline for our transfer scholarships.  Awards will be pro-rated if attending part-time (min 6 hours required).

Special note for mid-year transfer students:  If you have a Federal Pell Grant, YSU's six-digit code must be listed as one of your college choices on the FAFSA to have your aid transferred.  If not, update your FAFSA to include YSU's code (003145).  If you had a Stafford or PLUS loan, you will have to reapply.  You will also need to cancel any pending disbursements (if any) on the loan you had at your previous school by contacting your previous school's financial aid office.
 
 Scholarship Value Criteria Renewal
 Transfer Lvl 2  $1,000
 $3,000 three years
  • 12 transfer hours
  • 3.0 GPA
  • 12 credit hours per academic year
  • 3.0 GPA
 Transfer Lvl 1  $1,500
 $4,500 three years
  • 12 transfer hours
  • 3.5 GPA
  • 12 credit hours per academic year
  • 3.0 GPA

 

Academic Achievement Award - (Current Students)

Current YSU students are awarded the Academic Achievement Award based on academic accomplishment.   Award will be pro-rated if attending part-time (min 6 hours required).
 
 Value Criteria Renewal
  • $500 per academic year
  • $1,500 three years if renewed
  • 24 hours (at YSU)
  • 3.5 GPA
  • 12 credit hours per academic year
  • 3.5 GPA
 

Miscellaneous Scholarships

YSU students should visit the online scholarship search to research miscellaneous, college and departmental level scholarship opportunities.  Students are also encouraged to complete the Institutional Aid Application each year by the February 15 deadline. 
 

Athletic Scholarship Endowments

Click to view athletic scholarship endowments at Youngstown State University.
 
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