Scholarships

The YSU Foundation, with an endowment of over $212 million, is committed to providing this "edge of excellence" for the University and the students it serves.  The Foundation, whose sole purpose is to benefit Youngstown State University, provides more than $7.4 million in scholarship assistance annually for its students.  Students must submit the YSU Undergraduate Admission Application (with transcripts) by February 15 to be considered for scholarships through the Scholarships for Excellence Program at Youngstown State University.  With the exception of the Leslie H. Cochran University Scholars application, there are no other application forms needed for YSU's Scholarships for Excellence.  Students cannot be awarded more than one scholarship through the Scholarships for Excellence program.

Freshman Scholarships for Excellence

Incoming freshmen scholarships recognize the academic achievements of new high school graduates.  These scholarships are automatically awarded to beginning first-year students who have been admitted to the University.  Full-time enrollment is required for disbursement.

 Scholarship  Value  Criteria*  Renewal
 First Opportunity
  • $1,000
  • $4,000 four years
  • 3.0 GPA
  • ACT 19 or SAT 990 (900)*
  • 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Minimum 12 hours per term
  • 3.0 overall GPA
 Red and White
  • $2,000
  • $8,000 four years
  • 3.0 GPA
  • ACT 22 or SAT 1110 (1030)*
  • 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Minimum 12 hours per term
  • 3.0 overall GPA
 Deans'
  • $3,000
  • $12,000 four years
  • 3.5 GPA
  • ACT 25 or SAT 1220 (1140)*
  • 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Minimum 12 hours per term
  • 3.0 overall GPA
 President's
  • $4,000
  • $16,000 four years
  • 3.5 GPA
  • ACT 27 or SAT 1290 (1220)*
  • 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Minimum 12 hours per term
  • 3.0 overall GPA
 Trustees'
  •  $5,000
  •  $20,000 four years
  • Valedictorian
  • 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Minimum 12 hours per term
  • 3.0 overall GPA
     

*Qualifying SAT Score exams taken prior to 2016
† Composite for critical reading and math score only

Honors College Awards - (Incoming Freshmen)

Qualified recipients of these awards become part of the prestigious Honors College. Tuition scholarships ranging from $1,000-$3,000 and housing scholarships from $1,000-$3,000 may be awarded and combined with Freshman Scholarships for Excellence. Applicants will also be considered for the full-ride Leslie H. Cochran University Scholarship. These Honors College scholarships are awarded to first-year students coming directly from high school. Recipients become part of the University Honors College, which may include:

  • Honors College membership
  • Honors housing
  • Participation in specially planned on- and off-campus events
  • Community service projects planned and coordinated by University Honors
  • Early course registration
 Value  Minimum Criteria  Renewal
  • Estimated between $5,000 and $18,000 (amount includes applicable Freshman Scholarships for Excellence, or up to all tuition & fees and on-campus room & board fees.)
  • If renewed for four years, estimated value of combined awards is between $20,000 and $72,000.

     

  • 26 ACT or SAT combined Math, Verbal and Writing 1260 (1760)*
  • 3.5 GPA
     
  • 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Minimum 12 hours per term
  • 3.0 overall GPA

* Qualifying SAT score for exams taken prior to March 2016 (composite for critical reading and math scores only).

If applying to Honors as a high school candidate, all application materials must be submitted by February 15. A completed application will include both an Application for Admission to YSU and the Honors College application.

Students enrolled in YSU's jointly sponsored medical program, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy, are not eligible for the Leslie H. Cochran University Scholarship.

Apply to the Honors College.

Martin Luther King MErit Award - (Incoming Freshmen)

This merit-based award is available to new high school graduates of local inner-city schools*.

 Value  Minimum Criteria  Renewal
  • Merit awards of up to $1,000 per academic year
  • Graduate of local inner-city schools*
  • 3.0 GPA
  • ACT 19 or SAT 990 (900)*

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  • 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Minimum 12 hours per term
  • 3.0 overall GPA

*Campbell Memorial, Cardinal Mooney, Chaney, East, Farrell, John F. Kennedy, Niles McKinley, New Castle, Sharon, Struthers, Summit Academy, Ursuline, Warren G. Harding, Youngstown Christian, Youngstown Early College

Provost Scholarship - (Incoming Freshmen)

The Provost Scholarship recognizes high achieving out-of-state students (excludes Affordable Tuition Advantage Area).  Please note that out-of-state students who qualify for the main merit programs (Freshman Scholarships for Excellence) can receive the Provost Scholarship in addition to the merit scholarships.

 Value  Minimum Criteria  Renewal
  • Merit awards between $4,000 and $6,000 per academic year
  • Up to $24,000 four years
  • Out-of-state resident (excludes Affordable Tuition Advantage area)
  • 3.0 GPA
  • ACT 19 or SAT 990 (900)*
  • 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Minimum 12 hours per term
  • 3.0 overall GPA

Trailblazer Scholarship - (Incoming Freshmen)

The Trailblazer Scholarship is offered to incoming freshmen to encourage and support outstanding students from diverse backgrounds.  Separate application (through YSU Admissions) is required.
 

 Value  Minimum Criteria  Renewal
  • $2,000 per academic year
  • $8,000 for four years if renewed
  • 3.0 GPA
  • ACT 19 or SAT 990 (900)*
  • Member of underrepresented ethnic or socio-economic group and/or "first generation" college student (neither parent has a 4-year degree from any country)
     
  • 24 credit hours per academic year
  • Minimum 12 hours per term
  • 3.0 overall GPA

Transfer Scholarships

Transfer scholarships are available and offered through the generosity of the YSU Foundation.  Transfer students are encouraged to apply early for financial aid and to observe the February 15 deadline for our transfer scholarships.  Awards will be prorated if attending part-time (minimum 6 hours required).

Special note for mid-year transfer students:  If you have a Federal Pell Grant, YSU's six-digit code must be listed as one of your college choices on the FAFSA to have your aid transferred.  If not, update your FAFSA to include YSU's code (003145).  If you had a Stafford or PLUS loan, you will have to reapply.  You will also need to cancel any pending disbursements (if any) on the loan you had at your previous school by contacting your previous school's financial aid office.

 Scholarship  Value  Minimum Criteria  Renewal
Transfer Level 2
  • $1,000
  • $3,000 three years
  • 12 transfer hours
  • 3.0 GPA
  • 12 credit hours per academic year
  • 3.0 GPA
Transfer Level 1
  • $1,500
  • $4,500 three years
  • 12 transfer hours
  • 3.5 GPA
     
  • 12 credit hours per academic year
  • 3.0 GPA

Academic Achievement Award - (Current Students)

Current YSU students are awarded the Academic Achievement Award based on academic accomplishment. Award will be prorated if attending part-time (minimum 6 hours required).

 Value  Minimum Criteria  Renewal
  • $500 per academic year
  • $1,500 three years if renewed
  • 24 hours (at YSU)
  • 3.5 GPA
  • 12 credit hours per academic year
  • 3.5 GPA

Miscellaneous Scholarships

YSU students should submit the YSU Foundation Scholarship Application and visit the online scholarship search to research miscellaneous, college and departmental level scholarship opportunities.

Athletic Scholarship Endowments

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