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Transfer Student Scholarships & Awards of Circumstance

Academic Scholarships
Muskingum offers academic scholarships to qualified students based on the strength of high school curriculum, grades in college-prep courses, and ACT/SAT results. The application for admission serves as the application for scholarships and awards unless otherwise noted. Students must be attending full-time and maintain a 3.0 GPA for renewal of scholarships and be making Satisfactory Academic Progress for renewal of Muskingum Awards and Awards of Circumstance.

Transfer students are considered for academic scholarships based on previous college work and, in some cases, the secondary school record. Transfer students may also apply for Science Division Scholarships and Performance Scholarships, but are not eligible to participate in the Academic Scholarship Program. The Muskingum Commitment does not apply to transfer students. The chart below can give you an estimate of your Base Scholarship Amount.

Transfer Academic Scholarships
Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
For students with 16 or more semester credit hours*

Cumulative College GPA Yearly Base Scholarship Amount**
3.8-4.00 $13,000
3.6-3.79 $11,500
3.4-3.59 $10,000
3.1-3.39 $8,500
2.9-3.09 $7,000
2.7-2.89 $5,000

*If a student has 15 credits or less, scholarships are based on a combination of high school GPA, curriculum, and college GPA.
**This represents the minimum amount of yearly academic scholarship you will be awarded upon confirmation of transcript information. Your official academic credentials may justify a larger scholarship award.

Choose Ohio First
Choose Ohio First (STEM) Scholarships $2,000-$3,000 per year are directed toward outstanding students pursuing a degree in the natural and physical sciences. A separate application is required and selection of recipients is made by the Science Division. You may download the application from our Forms & Literature page.

External Scholarships
Whenever an outside organization makes us aware of a scholarship opportunity we will add it to our listing of External Scholarships. Students are responsible for letting Student Financial Services know of any External Scholarships they are receiving. The scholarships must be counted as part of their financial aid and may affect their eligibility for work-study, subsidized loans and in some cases grants or other scholarships. Students may use the External Scholarship Form to report scholarships they are receiving.

Total Award Maximums and Limits
Limitations are placed on the total amount of Muskingum-funded non-need based assistance which a student may receive. Please read the Scholarship & Award Provisions for more information on these limits.

Performance Awards

palmer galleryMuskingum offers several scholarships to students interested in participating or majoring in the following areas. General ranges of awards for entering students are as follows:

  • Music - $500 to $2,000 per year
  • Digital Media Design - $500 to $1,500 per year
  • Art - $500 to $1,500 per year
  • Forensics (speech/debate) - $500 to $1,500 per year
  • Journalism (print/broadcast) - $500 to $1,500 per year
  • Theatre - $500 to $2,500 per year

Performance awards are determined by the respective academic departments. Additional information on these scholarships and applications can be downloaded from our Forms & Literature page.

All awards are renewable dependent upon maintenance of a specified grade-point average and participation in departmental activities. First-time performance awards to upperclassmen are limited to $500 per award.

Muskingum Awards
Eligibility is determined at the time of acceptance and amounts are detrmined by the admission office.

Horizon Awards up to $1,000 per year
Awarded to selected students based on involvement, achievement, and leadership in multiple areas. 

Muskie Awards $4,000 to $9,500 per year for 2016-17
Automatically awarded to students who meet defined GPA and ACT/SAT standards, but who do not qualify for academic scholarships.

PLUS Opportunity Award (POA) up to $3,000 per year
Awarded to selected students in the PLUS program who meet defined GPA and ACT/SAT standards who
do not qualify for academic scholarships or Special Acknowledgement Awards.

Awards of Circumstance
Muskingum offers certain automatic Awards of Circumstance to students who meet the defined conditions for the award. Financial need is not a consideration, but the awards are included as part of the financial aid package for students demonstrating need.

Appalachian Regional Grants $500 per year
Automatically awarded to students residing in the Appalachian Region, as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission. For additional information please see the Appalachian Regional Grant information page.

Alumni Grants $1,000 per year
Automatically awarded to children and grandchildren of Muskingum University alumni. Students who qualify should complete the Alumni Grant information sheet.

General Motors EEOC Scholarship $1,000 per year
Awarded to minority students and female dependents of GM employees. A 2.8 cumulative GPA is required for renewal of the scholarship.

Sibling Credit $3,000 per year for each student
Awarded when two or more dependent students from the same family are enrolled simultaneously at Muskingum.
Brown Chapel

Clergy Grants $1,000 per year
Awarded to children of ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) ministers who are engaged in full-time church work. 

Presbyterian Grants $1,000 per year
Automatically awarded to communicant members of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Students who qualify should complete the Presbyterian Grant information sheet. 

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