Financial Aid Office

Scholarships for New Freshmen

New freshmen are automatically considered for many scholarships once admitted to CSU. In some cases, where indicated, individual scholarships will require a separate application. The freshman scholarships listed below are available to new, first-time CSU students, U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, enrolled in a degree granting program.  Awards are based on criteria which can include high school GPA, standardized test scores, special talents, or factors specified by a donor. CSU reserves the right to alter scholarship eligibility criteria and award amounts based on available funding. Students will be notified by CSU of any scholarships awarded. All students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for full consideration for all types of financial aid.


Honors Program
Amount: Tuition and fees for up to eight semesters. (May be combined with Voyager)

Criteria: Incoming freshmen students (2015 high school graduate), must complete honors application by Jan. 15 and meet at least one of the following criteria to be considered:

  • 30 ACT Composite score or above
  • 1950 or above SAT total score
  • Top 10 percent of high school class ranking

Number of Awards: 35-40

Renewable: Yes, must maintain minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA. Must participate and be in good standing in Honors Program.


STEM Fellows Program

Amount: Minimum $2,000 up to $7,000 depending on financial need. Students who are awarded Honor's, President's, Provost's, Freshman Scholar's 1 or 2 will not receive the maximum STEM Fellows award. The combined award total will not exceed $9,000 for the academic year.

Criteria: Incoming freshmen students (2015 high school graduate), having an ACT score of 23 or above and a high school GPA of at least 3.4.  Thank you for your interest in the STEM Fellows Program.  Applications for the Fall 2015 Cohort are closed. Watch this space for the opportunity to apply to be part of the Fall 2016 cohort of STEM Fellows. Note that entry into the program is restricted to first year students.

Applicants must also intend to major in a STEM discipline (Science, Engineering, Technology or Mathematics).
Preference is given to students from the following high schools:  any Cleveland Metropolitan School District High School, Bedford High School, Cleveland Heights/University Heights, Euclid, Horizon Science Academy, Maple Heights, Richmond Heights, Saint Martin de Porres, Shaker Heights, Shaw, or Warrensville Heights.

Number of Awards: 25

Renewable: Yes, must maintain minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Must participate and be in good standing in the STEM Fellows Program.

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Ruth Ann Moyer

Amount: $9,448 Full In-State Tuition

Criteria: Applicants must be an Ohio resident, non-traditional (at least twenty-five years of age) student, has accepted admission and submitted final transcripts by June 15. To apply for this scholarship, you must submit a brief personal essay telling us about yourself including your future plans, any challenges you may have faced and overcome, and what receiving this scholarship means to you. Please submit essays to: Dr. Ruth Ann Moyer Scholarship, Attn: Financial Aid Scholarship Coordinator, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115. All information including essays must be received by June 15th to be considered for this scholarship.

Number of Awards: 2

Renewable: Yes, must maintain minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, satisfactorily complete at least 6 credit hours per semester and remain in good academic standing.


Richard Eaton Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 to $9,448 Based on available funding

Criteria: Scholarship awarded to a new freshman interested in the field of communication. Student must have a high school cumulative 2.5 GPA, attend full-time.

Number of Awards: Varies

Renewable: No


Academic Department Scholarships

Scholarships based on academic majors.

Amount: $500 to $9,448 Based on available funding

Criteria: Determined by individual college or department. Consult the academic college or department website for scholarship availability and eligibility criteria.

Number of Awards: Determined by college or department

Renewable: Varies


Choose Ohio First

A state-funded program aimed at graduating more students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Amount: $500 to $5,200

Criteria: Consult the Choose Ohio First website for scholarship availability and eligibility criteria.

Number of Awards: Determined by college or department

Renewable: Yes, can be awarded in addition to other scholarship support (Honors, Freshman Scholar, etc.)



Moses Cleaveland Scholarships

Tuition assistance is provided by the generous donation of individuals and corporations in the Cleveland community. Scholarship assistance for high school seniors demonstrating academic achievement and great promise for completion of a bachelor's degree.

Amount: $500 to $4,000

Criteria:  Students must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Number of Awards: Varies, based on available funding

Renewable: No



The Plain Dealer Charities Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 to $2,500 based on available funding

Criteria:  Awarded to new entering freshmen who are residents and graduates of a high school in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Portage, Summit, Medina or Lorain counties. Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and intend to major in Journalism or Business Management.

Number of Awards: Varies, based on available funding

Renewable: No



Claire A. Van Ummersen Scholarship

Amount: $500 to $2,000 based on available funding

Criteria:  Scholarship awarded to a new incoming freshman who graduated in the top 10% of their high school class or a current CSU student with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA. Recipient must attend CSU full time.

Number of Awards: Varies, based on available funding

Renewable: No



Link Program Scholarship

Amount: $500 to $2,000 based on available funding

Criteria:  Graduating high school seniors or current CSU students interested in pursuing bachelor's degrees in Business, Engineering or Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Students must demonstrate the ability to perform college level course work. Selection of program participants is based on high school performance, college entrance examination scores (ACT/SAT), counselor/teacher recommendations, and evaluation of the LINK application. A separate application is required.

Number of Awards: Varies, based on available funding

Renewable: For more information visit the Link Program website.



Athletic Scholarships (Division I)

In-State per semester: 
$500 to $10,463 ($4,724 tuition plus $5,831 room and board)
Out-of-State per semester: $500 to $12,024 ($6,193 tuition plus $5,831 room and board)

Criteria:  Students interested in athletics should contact the Athletic Department at 216.687.5119 or visit the Athletic Department web site regarding scholarships and NCAA aid eligibility.

Number of Awards: Based on NCAA regulations and requirements

Renewable: Athletic student contracts are issued one academic year at a time



CSU Central Neighborhood Scholarship (Deadline to apply: April 3rd, 2015)

Amount: Full in-state tuition for up to four years.

Criteria:  Must be a new incoming freshman for the fall 2015 semester, be a member of the Central Neighborhood and graduating from a Central Neighborhood core high school in May 2015, have a minimum 3.20 GPA and must attend Cleveland State University full-time. A separate application is required along with a personal essay of no more than 1,500 words that serves as evidence of leadership and involvement, outstanding character as well as service to your community and school. To apply and for additional information click on the following link:

Number of Awards: 2

Renewable: Yes, scholarship is for up to four (4) years maximum provided students maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and satisfactorily complete at least 12 credit hours per semester.

Contact: CSU Office of Civic Engagement for more information.