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Honors Book Awards, Tuition Awards, & Recognition
Participation in the Honors Program makes you eligible for a variety awards and scholarships, some granted in every Honors course, some awarded annually, some earned upon graduation.  Here's an overview.

Honors Book Awards

The Honors Book Award comes with a $100 Bookstore Gift Certificates.  We award up to three of these "Book Awards" for every Honors course, depending upon enrollment.  The award recipients are selected automatically by the course instructor based on the students' contributions to the class and academic performance.  (No application is necessary.)

Honors Tuition Awards

The Honors Tuition Award comes with a cash prize of $1,000 given each spring semester.  We usually present three of these awards each year, depending on Honors enrollment.  To be eligible for this award, Honors students must enroll in at least two Honors courses in the current academic year (including Honors Embedded and Honors Equivalent courses), maintain a high overall GPA, and participate in Honors events outside of the classroom.  The Director of the Honors Program generally invites students most eligible for this award to apply, but you are welcome to contact the Director early in spring semester to inquire if you meet the eligibility requirements and are interested in applying.

Research Awards

Lima students are eligible to win awards for their participation in either of two undergraduate research forums held each year, one the Lima campus and one on the Columbus campus.

Other Scholarships

Other special scholarships available to OSU Lima students are not administered by the Honors Program, but students who receive such scholarships, Rudd Scholars for example, should certainly participate in the Honors Program.  Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information on applying for these scholarships.

Dean's List

Students completing a minimum of 12 graded credit hours with a GPA of 3.50 or higher for any given term will be named to the Dean's List for that term.

Graduation Honors & Awards

Lima Campus Awards

Each year the Honors faculty grants two awards to graduating students (the records of graduating students are reviewed automatically so no application is necessary):

  • The John W. Hevener Award goes to an outstanding student finishing a bachelor's degree on the Lima campus.
  • The John T. Mount Award goes to an outstanding student who began study on the Lima campus and is finishing a bachelor's degree on the Columbus campus.
University Latin Honors

The degrees cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude are awarded to graduates in Arts and Sciences (including those graduating on the Lima campus) who meet the following standards:

  • Cum laude:  Each student who graduates with a GPA of 3.50 to 3.699 and completes a minimum of 60 graded semester hours of course work at Ohio State will receive the cum laude designation upon the diploma and transcript.
  • Magna cum laude:  Each student who graduates with a GPA of 3.70 to 3.899 and completes a minimum of 60 graded semester hours of course work at Ohio State will receive the magna cum laude designation upon the diploma and transcript.
  • Summa cum laude:  Each student who graduates with a minimum 3.90 GPA and completes a minimum of 60 graded semester hours of course work at Ohio State will receive the summa cum laude designation upon the diploma and transcript.
University Graduation with Distinction

Students graduating on the Lima campus generally cannot earn graduation with distinction (in any of its various forms) because for this degree most fields require coursework not offered on the Lima campus.  For students completing their studies in Columbus, the following types of distinction are available in many fields:

  • with Distinction
  • with Honors Distinction
  • with Research Distinction
  • with Honors Research Distinction

The first two are based more on coursework and GPA, while the "research" distinction rewards students deciding to complete a senior thesis.  Graduation with distinction is possible for students not in an Honors program; the label "Honors" is added to the distinction for those who do participate in Honors. 

The requirements for graduation with distinction are specified by each college and major program.  Some require students to complete an Honors Contract at the end of the second year, so Lima students transferring to Columbus should plan to contact a Columbus Honors Adviser in the appropriate field in a timely manner.  More information on Graduation Honors through the College of Arts and Sciences is available at http://aschonors.osu.edu/honors-curriculum.