Federal PELL Grant

Students seeking financial assistance may apply for this need-based federal grant by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The amount of the Federal PELL Grant grant varies for each student.

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Governor's Merit Scholarship

This $5,000 renewable scholarship is awarded to every student in the top 5% of their public or chartered nonpublic high school graduating class who choose to attend an Ohio college or university (homeschooled students who score within the top 5% of applicants on the ACT/SAT). This critical investment in Ohio’s future encourages high-achieving high school graduates to remain in Ohio to pursue their post-secondary studies and contribute to Ohio’s expanding economic opportunities.

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Ohio College Opportunity Grant

The Ohio College Opportunity Grant is available to eligible students who are residents of Ohio and is based on financial needs. To apply for this program, a student must file the FAFSA.

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Choose Ohio First

Ashland University has been awarded a grant from the state of Ohio to provide Choose Ohio First Scholarships to outstanding students in a variety of majors. These scholarships support academically strong students who plan to continue to graduate school, health-related professional programs or employment in STEM industries after completing a bachelor’s degree.

Students can receive $3,000 per academic year for four years.


  • ACT score of 25 or higher (21 for nursing and dietetics)
  • High school GPA of 3.5 or higher (3.0 for nursing and dietetics)
  • Maintain a major in Actuarial Science, Biochemistry, Biology (including Forensic Biology), Chemistry, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Dietetics, Environmental Science, Forensic Chemistry, Integrated Mathematics, Mathematics, Nursing, Toxicology, Management Information Systems, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Business Analytics or Supply Chain Management
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA by the end of the first year to maintain scholarship
  • Attend three STEM-related lectures or events each semester

AU also provides a peer mentoring program for new students. We encourage students to participate in research projects, professional internships and STEM-related career fairs as well.

If you have questions about the Choose Ohio First scholarship program, contact:

Melissa Irwin
Melissa Irwin, D.M.Sc.
Director, Physician Assistant Program; Chair, Department of Medical Sciences; Clinical Assistant Professor
134 College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Carrie Keib
Carrie Keib, Ph.D., R.N.
Dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Administrative Officer
113 College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Nik Lopatin
Nikita Lopatin, Ph.D., CBE®, BIDA®
Assistant Professor of Finance
247 Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics
Reed, Denise
Denise Reed, M.S.
Director, Dietetics Program; Clinical Assistant Professor of Dietetics
239 Rybolt Sport Sciences Center
Chris Swanson
Christopher Swanson, Ph.D.
Chair, Mathematics and Computer Science Department; Professor of Mathematics
209 Patterson Instructional Technology Center

TEACH Grant for Undergraduate Students

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant provides grant assistance to students who are completing coursework to begin a teaching career in a high-need field. The award is up to $4,000 per year with a maximum of $16,000 for an undergraduate degree.

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