The Ohio State University at Lima

Financial Aid: Scholarship Applications

FAFSA School Code for OSU: 003090

Important changes to tuition and fee policies

2019 Freshman Scholarship
Choose Lima First Scholarship Award

  • Current High School Senior
  • Applying for Autumn 2019 and selecting the Lima campus as their FIRST CHOICE Ohio State campus.
  • Minimum high school GPA: 2.70
  • Deadline to apply: Dec 15
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12 - 18 credit hours per-semester)
  • Acceptance fee must be paid by the May 1 deadline
  • Must earn a 2.0 Autumn 2019 GPA to be renewed for Spring 2020

Scholarship amount: $1,200*
*$600 for Autumn 2019 and renewable for an additional $600 for Spring 2020. If the student is eligible for the Buckeye Affordability Grant for Spring 2020, the student is not eligible for the Spring 2020 term renewal of the Choose Lima First Scholarship.

No separate scholarship application is required.

President's Affordability Grant*
All new students who file a FAFSA by the February 1 priority deadline and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 14,300 or lower will be awarded a $1,250 need-based grant, regardless of grade point average.
*Criteria listed are for the 2018-2019 academic year, and may be subject to change for subsequent years.

The DREAM Program
The DREAM (Dare to Reach Excellence, Achievement, and Meaning) Program is designed to help students achieve an Ohio State education despite many serious hardships facing them and their families. Students must be recommended by their guidance counselors in September and participate in college preparation activities throughout the senior year. Students who complete the program will receive a $1,500 tuition scholarship, renewable for 4 years on the Lima campus. For more information, contact Temple Patton at

Application Documents

You may print, complete and return the following forms to the Financial Aid office:

OSU Application for Special Scholarships (Deadline February 1, 2019) Undergraduate & Graduate Students
Rudd Scholars Application -- (Deadline February 1, 2019) In-State Freshmen Only
Osborn Family Scholarship (Deadline March 15, 2019) Freshmen only
Griffith Family Application (Deadline March 15, 2019) Freshmen only
J.J. Walter Scholarship in History (May 1, 2019)

Arthur & Marian Rudd Scholars - Five new freshmen students are named Rudd Scholars each academic year; one will receive a full-tuition scholarship, and four will receive half-tuition scholarships renewable for a maximum of 8 semesters while attending Ohio State Lima. Students must be enrolled full-time and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to Allen and Auglaize County students who demonstrate financial need. This scholarship cannot be combined with any other Ohio State Lima scholarships.

The Martha W. Farmer Theatre Scholarship Fund -Established by Martha Farmer. Income provides scholarships based on academic merit for talented undergraduates at the Lima Campus preparing for a theatre major, or for former Lima Campus students majoring in theatre at the Columbus Campus. Awarded by the Theater Department. For more information contact Margaret Anich M.F.A at

The Griffith Family Scholarship - (Freshmen only) Provides scholarships to deserving freshmen students from Hardin County who are attending Ohio State Lima. The applicants must have a background in agriculture but do not have to pursue a degree in agriculture. Students from Ada(Ohio) High School with or without an agricultural background will also be considered.(Deadline: March 15, 2019)

The Osborn Family Scholarship - (Freshmen only) Scholarships for students at The Ohio State University at Lima with special consideration for first generation scholars and students from Putnam or Henry County. Award by the Osborn Family. (Deadline: April 15, 2019)

J. McLean Reed Music Fund - Recognizes Dr. Reed's dedication and support of the campus' music program. Supports scholarships to students who demonstrate leadership and excellence in music. Awarded by the Music Department. For more information contact Dr. Margaret Young at

J.J. Walter Scholarship in History - Established by the Schuler-Walter Foundation, this scholarship provides one history major at The Ohio State University at Lima with a $2,250 scholarship. Students must be approved and declared history majors. (Deadline: May 1, 2019)

Zelma L. Roeder Memorial Scholarship Fund - Income provides scholarships for Lima Campus students who are music majors or minors, with preference to students of keyboard instruments. Awarded by the Ohio State Lima Music Department. For more information contact Dr. Margaret Young at

Roy E. And Zelma L. Roeder Memorial Fund - Income provides the Roy and Zelma Roeder Award to outstanding students in music and business. For more information contact Dr. Margaret Young at

Looking for outside help?

Students can apply for external scholarships through churches, professional, civic or service organizations, or private foundations. High school counselors can typically provide more information on these opportunities in your area.

The Financial Aid Office here at Ohio State Lima frequently receives information on external scholarships. We periodically send out emails to students as we receive information.

Listed below are some good mainstream websites that you can use to search for other aid opportunities.

Please Note: These sites are for students information and Ohio State Lima does not endorse nor is it responsible for false information reported on any of the sites. Caution should be used in any instance where a Social Security Number or other personal information is requested. Please remember that if you are asked to pay to be considered for a scholarship, it is likely a scam.

Contact us if you need assistance or have additional questions.

The Ohio State University at Lima
Student Financial Aid Office
Student Services Center
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, OH 45804
Phone: (567) 242-7520
FAX: (419) 995-8055