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Scholarships at OVU

Academic +1 Scholarship Program

OVU’s easy Academic + 1 scholarship program allows you to get a quick calculation of the scholarships you may be eligible to receive. Just follow these 3 easy steps:


Review the ACT/SAT score ranges to determine the academic scholarship for which you are eligible


Review the +1 Scholarships below to see what other funds may be available to you. You may only receive one award from this category—that’s why it’s called +1!


Review other OVU scholarships to see if you are potentially eligible to receive any of those

Let’s get started building your personalized financial aid package!

Step 1

Academic Scholarships

Ohio Valley University offers Academic Scholarships to students who have at least a 21 ACT (or SAT EquivalentSAT Equivalent) and a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA! Do you meet both of those criteria? If so, take your ACT Score (or SAT Equivalent) and multiply it by your High School GPA to get your Academic Factor:

(ACT Score) x (High School GPA) = Academic Factor

Now find where it falls on the grid!

Academic Factor Range Award Amount GPA Required to Maintain
63 - 84.99 $2,500 3.3
85 - 99.99 $4,000 3.4
100 - 114.99 $6,500 3.5
115 - 127.99 $12,000 3.6
128+ Full Tuition 3.7


Transfer Student? You could be eligible for an academic scholarship too!

Cumulative GPA Annual Award
3.25 to 3.49 $2,000
3.50 to 3.74 $3,000
3.74 to 4.00 $4,000

Step 2

+1 Scholarships

Apply for one of the following scholarships to be added to your academic scholarship.

Athletic Scholarships

Intercollegiate athletic coaches at Ohio Valley University offer athletic scholarships to student-athletes eligible to participate in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II programs. More information about Fighting Scots Athletic scholarships is available by contacting the athletic recruiting director at 304.865.6035.

Board of Trustees Award

Students who are the children of a paid full-time minister could be eligible for additional scholarship funds. Contact the OVU Office of Financial Aid for more details.

Congregational Scholarships

Many congregations invest in their youth and assist in paying for their college education if they attend a Christian university. Ohio Valley University will double what any congregation offers their graduating seniors for scholarships. If a church offers a $1,000 per year scholarship to their seniors attending a Christian college, OVU will match it with $2,000. OVU will continue to match funds each year the student is enrolled and the church continues to provide assistance. The double scholarship match is limited to $5,000 per year.

Express Performing Group Scholarships

Scholarships are available for members of the University’s a cappella vocal group Express. Selections are determined by audition; visit ovu.edu/express for more information.

Fighting Scots Leadership Scholarships

Members of the university’s student life staff annually review the Fighting Scots Leadership Scholarship applications of both new and continuing students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership ability. Recipients must reapply each year by April 1; renewal is not automatic. More information concerning individual eligibility and application procedures for this scholarship is available by contacting the OVU Office of Financial Aid.

National Christian School Association (NCSA) Scholarship

Students of NCSA faculty and staff may qualify for a $5,000 renewable annual scholarship. Contact the OVU Office of Financial Aid for details.

Niche Groups [APPLY NOW]

what you love! We offer special Niche Group scholarships to students participating in unique organized groups on campus for activities like videography, theatre, foreign and domestic missions, social media marketing, and even ultimate Frisbee. You can earn up to $38,000 ($9,500 per year for 4 years) in our Niche Group program. Visit ovu.edu/niche for more information.

Performing Ensembles [APPLY NOW]

Students who audition successfully may receive scholarships for participation in the University’s performing ensembles, including A Cappella Singers and Jazz Ensemble. Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA. Visit ovu.edu/music for more information.

Wood & Washington County Grant

$20,000 scholarship ($5,000 per year for up to 4 years) available to students who have graduated from a Wood or Washington county high school or individuals who have lived in either county for more than one year. Transfer students are eligible for this discount, but total scholarship may vary. Some restrictions may apply.

Apply for the Wood/Washington County Grant Today!

Step 3

Additional University
Scholarship Programs

The following scholarships are also available to Ohio Valley University students.

Bible Scholarships

Bible scholarships (ranging from $1,000 for freshmen to over $2,500 for seniors) are available to those majoring in Bible and/or ministry. Reduced amount scholarships are available to students minoring in Bible or ministry. Qualification information is available at ovu.edu/biblescholarship.

Circle of Vision Scholarships

The West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities (WVICU) sponsor a variety of scholarship programs supported by contributions from businesses and individuals wishing to support OVU students through their organization. Recipients must be West Virginia residents. Scholarship selections are conducted annually by the OVU Office of Financial Aid.

Faculty/Staff Tuition Waivers

University employees, their spouses, and children may be eligible for a waiver of tuition expenses. The OVU Employee Handbook contains more information concerning individual eligibility and application procedures.

High School Junior Discount

Students who apply and are accepted by October 31 of their senior year are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship. Freshman year only.

I Want to Know More:

Call the OVU Office of Admissions at 304.865.6200 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

K.S. Foundation Scholarships

Qualified residents of Stark County, Ohio, and the surrounding 8 counties (Carroll, Columbiana, Holmes, Mahoning, Portage, Summit, Tuscarawas or Wayne) may receive an annual award of $1,500. Recipients must maintain good academic standing to continue their awards in successive years. Additional scholarship funds could be available for dependents of international missionaries. Contact the OVU Office of Financial Aid for more details.

Apply for the K.S. Foundation Scholarship Today!

Private Community Scholarships

Be in touch with your high school guidance counselor, area community foundations and civic organizations to see if there are other scholarships available in your area.

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If you have any questions or need anything, please call or email:

Lindsay Cole
Director of Financial Aid
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Holly West
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
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