Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards of Circumstance
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.
The John Glenn Scholarship is Muskingum's highest award - a four-year, full-tuition
scholarship offered to a small number of entering first-year students through the Academic Scholarship Program. Muskingum also offers Muskingum Academic Scholarships which range from $8,000 to $15,000 per year, and may be enhanced through an excellent performance in the Academic Scholarship Program. Program dates for first-year students entering in Fall 2013 are February 2, February 9,
or February 16, 2013.
Students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 in order to ensure automatic renewal of all
Please read the Scholarship & Award Provisions so that you are aware of all requirements
for keeping your scholarship.
Please review the purple column of the Muskingum Commitment & Family Cost Estimator to match your GPA and ACT/SAT test score to a Muskingum Academic Scholarship amount.
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. For more information about scholarship ranges, please contact your admission counselor. The Muskingum Commitment does not apply to transfer students.
Science Division Scholarships $1,000-$2,000 per year
and 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.
Returning Student Scholarships
$8,500 per year
Awarded to continuing students who were not awarded an academic scholarship as entering students, but who have
achieved at least a 3.4 cumulative grade-point average after a minimum of two full-time semesters' work at Muskingum.Student Financial Services staff review all students at the end of each semester and students who meet the criteria are automatically awarded the scholarship. Students who receive Returning Student Scholarships will no longer receive Muskie Awards and PLUS Opportunity Awards.
Endowed Departmental Scholarships
Awarded to enrolled students as part of Scholarship Recognition Day held in the spring of each year. Students are
selected by faculty in academic departments for awards funded by donors to Muskingum. See individual academic departments for details on scholarships offered.
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.
Muskingum 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 $1,500 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.
Eligibility is determined at the time of acceptance and amounts are detrmined by the admission office.
Access Awards up to $5,000 per year
Special awards to selected entering students with exceptional financial need and/or to those who represent
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 $6,500 per year in 2012-13
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
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.
$1,000 per year
Automatically awarded to children and grandchildren of Muskingum University alumni. Students who qualify should complete the Alumni Grant information sheet.
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.
$1,000 per year
Awarded to children of ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) ministers who are engaged
in full-time church work.
$1,000 per year
Automatically awarded to communicant members of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Students who qualify should complete the Presbyterian Grant information sheet.
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.
EEOC Scholarships $1,000 per year
Automatically awarded to ethnic minority students and to female students who have
parent employed by the General Motors Corporation.