Financial Aid Office

Scholarships for New Freshmen

New freshmen are automatically considered for scholarships once admitted to CSU. In some cases, where indicated, individual scholarships will require a separate application. The Freshmen Scholarships listed below are available to new, first-time (never before attended) CSU students, U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, enrolled in a degree granting program and pursuing their first Bachelor's Degree. All students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for full consideration of all types of financial aid.

Selection of scholarship recipients is made by a Scholarship Committee. Eligibility for new freshmen is based on a number of criteria including high school GPA and standardized test scores. In certain instances, specific scholarships are awarded based on a student meeting the eligibility criteria as indicated by the donor of the scholarship. CSU reserves the right to alter scholarship eligibility criteria and award amounts based on available funding. Students will be notified by the University of any Scholarship Awards based on their meeting specific scholarship eligibility criteria.

Scholarships Amount Criteria Renewable

Honors Program

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

Incoming freshmen students (2014 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

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

President’s Award

$6,000
(May be combined with Voyager)

ACT 27 (SAT1220) / GPA 3.7

  • US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Enter CSU the summer or fall following high school graduation and be full-time at CSU.
Number of Awards: Competitive, limited number available. Accept your admission early to be considered.
Yes, must maintain minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and satisfactorily complete 15 credit hours per semester
Provost’s Award $5,000
(May be combined with Voyager)

ACT 24 (SAT 1110) / GPA 3.5

  • US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Enter CSU the summer or fall following high school graduation and be full-time at CSU.
Number of Awards: Competitive, limited number available. Accept your admission early to be considered.
Yes, must maintain minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and satisfactorily complete 15 credit hours per semester
Freshman Scholar, Level 1 $3,500
(May be combined with Voyager)

ACT 23 (SAT 1070) / GPA 3.2

  • US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Enter CSU the summer or fall following high school graduation and be full-time at CSU.
Number of Awards: Competitive, limited number available. Accept your admission early to be considered.
Yes, must maintain minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and satisfactorily complete 15 credit hours per semester
Freshman Scholar, Level 2 $2,500

ACT 20 (SAT 950) / GPA 3.6

  • US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Enter CSU the summer or fall following high school graduation and be full-time at CSU.
Number of Awards: Competitive, limited number available. Accept your admission early to be considered.
Yes, must maintain minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and satisfactorily complete 15 credit hours per semester

Viking Voyager
(for non-Ohio residents)

Up to $7,800

The scholarship is the difference, minus $1, between in-state and out-of-state tuition.  Scholarship is up to four consecutive years (eight semesters maximum)

(May be combined with President’s, Provost’s, Freshman Scholar Level 1)
  • Must be a non-Ohio resident
  • Minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA and minimum 23 ACT  composite score or minimum 1070 SAT
  • US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Enter CSU the summer or fall following high school graduation and be full-time at CSU.
  • Awards are renewable for three additional years subject to renewal requirements.
  • Must have accepted admission by May 1

Number of Awards: Competitive, limited number available. Accept your admission early to be considered.

Yes, must maintain non-Ohio residency status (charged non-resident tuition) and minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA, and satisfactorily complete 15 credit hours per semester.

Ruth Ann Moyer

$9,448
Full In-State Tuition

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

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

$1,000 to $9,448
Full In-State Tuition ($4,724 for Fall 2012 and Spring 2013)
Based on available funding

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

No

Academic Department Scholarships (scholarships based on academic majors)

$500 to $9,448
Full In-State Tuition ($4,724 for Fall 2012 and Spring 2013)
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

Varies

Choose Ohio First

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

$500 to $5200

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

For students in biology, chemistry, engineering, math, medicine, health sciences, nursing, physics, psychology, technology, teaching a STEMM discipline and related fields

Number of Awards: determined by college or department

Yes

Can be awarded in addition to other scholarship support (Honors, Freshman Scholars, etc.)

Moses Cleaveland Scholarships

$500 to $4,000
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. Students must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Number of Awards: Varies, based on available funding

No

The Plain Dealer Charities Scholarship

$1,000 to $2,500
Based on available funding

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

No

Claire A. Van Ummersen Scholarship

$500 to $2,000
Based on available funding

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

No

Link Program Scholarship

$500 to $2,000
Based on available funding

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

For more information visit the Link Program website.

Athletic Scholarships (Division I)

$500 to $10,463[1]
In-State per semester
(1^ $4,724 tuition plus $5,831 room and board)

$500 to $12,024[2]
Out-of-State per semester
(2^ $6,193 tuition plus $5,831 room and board)

Determined by the Athletics Department. May include books, tuition and room/board allowance.

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.

Athletic student contracts are issued one academic year at a time.