The Ohio State University at Lima

Financial Aid: Scholarships

FAFSA School Code for Ohio State: 003090

2023 Choose Lima First Scholarship Freshman Award - $1,200*


  • Current High School Senior
  • Applying for Autumn 2023 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 2023 GPA to be renewed for Spring 2024

*$600 for Autumn 2023 and renewable for an additional $600 for Spring 2024. If the student is eligible for the Buckeye Affordability Grant for Spring 2024, the student is not eligible for the Spring 2024 term renewal of the Choose Lima First Scholarship.

A scholarship application is NOT required for the Choose Lima First Scholarship Freshman Award. Scholarship is awarded upon enrollment.

Ohio State Lima awards over $450k in special scholarships each year from more than 40 scholarship funds. These special scholarships are designated for Lima campus, new and current, students and are awarded through the Ohio State Lima Office of Student Financial Aid. To be eligible for consideration of one of these special scholarships, all students must complete the 2022-2023 Ohio State Lima Scholarship Application via ScholarshipUniverse. Please note, some special scholarships require completion of the FAFSA.

The university offers hundreds of scholarships with a wide variety of eligibility criteria.
To apply each year, file a FAFSA and complete the ScholarshipUniverse application by the priority date of February 1.

ScholarshipUniverse is a scholarship-matching tool that simplifies the process of finding and applying for internal and external scholarships. Once you create your profile, ScholarshipUniverse will alert you to possible scholarship matches. You'll need your Ohio State username and password - which you activate after you apply for admission - to get started. For more:

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

These applications are to be completed online, if you need assistance, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Ohio State ScholarshipUniverse Application

ScholarshipUniverse is a scholarship-matching tool that connects Buckeyes to internal and external scholarships. Apply by February 1st for maximum aid consideration.

Click here to Apply

Arthur and 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. Rudd Scholars Application -- In-State Freshmen Only.

Click here to Apply

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. Griffith Family Application - Freshmen only.

Check back in the fall for the 2023-2024 application via ScholarshipUniverse. You will receive an email when the application is ready.

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. Osborn Family Scholarship - Freshmen only.

Check back in the fall for the 2023-2024 application via ScholarshipUniverse. You will receive an email when the application is ready.

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.

Check back in the fall for the 2023-2024 application via ScholarshipUniverse. You will receive an email when the application is ready.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

For additional information please click here.

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.

Lima Rotary Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria Applicant:

  1. Live or work in Allen County, Ohio.
  2. Be a high school graduate, have a GED or be eligible to receive a degree or GED.
  3. Must pursue a degree or certification in Allen County, Ohio.
  4. Cannot be an immediate member of a Lima Rotary family.
  5. Cannot also be having tuition paid by such organizations as the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.

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

Important changes to tuition and fee policies

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: 567-242-7506