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.

Scholarships:

President’s Award

Amount: $24,000 ($6,000/year)

Criteria:

  • Minimum ACT 28 (SAT 1310 for tests taken March 2016 or later)
  • Minimum GPA 3.7
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Must enter CSU the summer or fall following high school graduation and be full-time at CSU
  • Must be Ohio resident
  • Students who have applied for the Fall 17 term and submitted all required application materials by March 1 receive priority consideration for the following awards: President, Provost, Freshman Scholar, Magnus, Viking, and Green & White. 

Renewable: Yes, must maintain minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and satisfactorily complete 15 credit hours per semester.


 
Provost’s Award

Amount: $20,000 ($5,000/year)

Criteria:

  • Minimum ACT 25 (SAT 1200 for test taken March 2016 or later)
  • Minimum GPA 3.5
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Must enter CSU the summer or fall following high school graduation and be full-time at CSU
  • Must be Ohio resident
  • Students who have applied for the Fall 17 term and submitted all required application materials by March 1 receive priority consideration for the following awards: President, Provost, Freshman Scholar, Magnus, Viking, and Green & White. 

Renewable: Yes, must maintain minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and satisfactorily complete 15 credit hours per semester.


 
Freshman Scholar, Level 1

Amount: $14,000 ($3,500/year)

Criteria:

  • Minimum ACT 23 (SAT 1130 for test taken March 2016 or later)
  • Minimum GPA 3.2
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Must enter CSU the summer or fall following high school graduation and be full-time at CSU
  • Must be Ohio resident
  • Students who have applied for the Fall 17 term and submitted all required application materials by March 1 receive priority consideration for the following awards: President, Provost, Freshman Scholar, Magnus, Viking, and Green & White. 

Renewable: Yes, must maintain minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and satisfactorily complete 15 credit hours per semester.


CSU Opportunity Scholar

Amount: $8,000 ($2,000/year)

Criteria:

  • Minimum ACT 18  (SAT 940 for tests taken March 2016 or later)
  • Minimum GPA 3.5
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Must enter CSU the summer or fall following high school graduation and be full-time at CSU
  • Must be Ohio resident
  • Students who have applied for the Fall 17 term and submitted all required application materials by March 1 receive priority consideration for the following awards: President, Provost, Freshman Scholar, Magnus, Viking, and Green & White.

Renewable: Yes, must maintain minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and satisfactorily complete 15 credit hours per semester.


Magnus Award (for out of state students)

Amount: $34,000 ($8,500/year)

Criteria:

  • Minimum ACT 28 (SAT 1310 for tests taken March 2016 or later)
  • Minimum GPA 3.7
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Must enter CSU the summer or fall following high school graduation and be full-time at CSU
  • Students who have applied for the Fall 17 term and submitted all required application materials by March 1 receive priority consideration for the following awards: President, Provost, Freshman Scholar, Magnus, Viking, and Green & White. 

Renewable: 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. 


 
Viking Award (for out of state students)

Amount: $30,000 ($7,500/year)

Criteria:

  • Minimum ACT 25 (SAT 1200 for test taken March 2016 or later)
  • Minimum GPA 3.5
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Must enter CSU the summer or fall following high school graduation and be full-time at CSU
  • Students who have applied for the Fall 17 term and submitted all required application materials by March 1 receive priority consideration for the following awards: President, Provost, Freshman Scholar, Magnus, Viking, and Green & White. 

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


 
Green & White Award (for out of state students)

Amount: $24,000 ($6,000/year)

Criteria:

  • Minimum ACT 23 (SAT 1130 for test taken March 2016 or later)
  • Minimum GPA 3.2
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Must enter CSU the summer or fall following high school graduation and be full-time at CSU
  • Students who have applied for the Fall 17 term and submitted all required application materials by March 1 receive priority consideration for the following awards: President, Provost, Freshman Scholar, Magnus, Viking, and Green & White. 

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


 
Honors Program (for in-state and out-of-state students)

Amount: $38,784 ($9,696/year) (based on 2015-2016 tuition)

Criteria:

  • Incoming freshmen students (2016 high school graduate), must complete honors application by Jan. 15 and meet at least one of the following criteria to be considered:
  • ACT 30 or above OR
  • SAT 1950 or above OR
  • Top 10 % of high school class ranking
  • Must enter CSU the summer or fall following high school graduation and be full-time at CSU
  • To be considered for the Honors Program, new freshmen must complete the Honors Program application prior to January 15th. Please visit the Honors College website for more information and to complete the Honors application

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


 
STEM Fellows Program

Amount: Up to $7,000 depending on student financial need. Students who are awarded Honor's, President's, Provost's, Freshman Scholar's 1 or 2 will be eligible for a combined maximum of $9,000 for the academic year.

Criteria: Incoming freshmen students (2017 high school graduates), who have an ACT score of 23 or above and a high school GPA of at least 3.4.  Applicants must intend to major in a STEM discipline (Science, Engineering, Technology or Mathematics). Must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident.

STEM Fellows is a residential program during the first year. Students will live on campus on the STEM Fellows floor of Fenn Tower.

Applicants for the Fall 2017 Cohort must apply by January 31, 2017. Applications received after January 31, 2017 will be considered on a space available basis.

Note that entry into the STEM Fellows program is restricted to first year students.

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.

Thank you for your interest in the STEM Fellows Program.

Number of Awards: Up to 25

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

Apply Here


 
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


 
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


 

Sigma Phi Epsilon (Balanced Man Scholarship)

Amount: Varies, based on available funding

Criteria:  Must be a graduating high school senior or a current CSU full-time undergraduate degree seeking student in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (new incoming freshmen must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school GPA). The Balance Man Scholarship awards students who exhibit academic excellence, demonstrate leadership skills, and commit to their health and well-being. SigEp is one of the nation’s largest college fraternities. To apply, a separate application is required.  For more information and to apply, visit the Sigma Phi Epsilon website: http://www.csuohio.edu/organizations/speltd/index.html

Number of Awards: Varies.

Renewable: No.


 

Athletic Scholarships (Division I)

Amount: 
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, 2016)

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

Criteria:  Must be a new incoming freshman for the upcoming fall semester, be a member of the Central Neighborhood and graduating from a Central Neighborhood core high school with a minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA, have been accepted to Cleveland State University and intend to enroll full-time at CSU following high school graduation.  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 visit the Central Neighborhood Scholarship website : https://www.csuohio.edu/engagement/central-neighborhood-scholarship

Number of Awards: 2

Renewable: Yes, scholarships are for up to four (4) years maximum provided students maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, satisfactorily complete at least 12 credit hours per semester and meet all other program requirements.

Contact: Please contact CSU’s Office of Civic Engagement for more information: 216-687-9229.


 
Choose Ohio First Scholarship

Amount: $1,500/yr - $7,000/yr up to $28,000

Criteria:

  • Must enter CSU the summer or fall following high school graduation and be full-time at CSU
  • Be an Ohio resident
  • Have an undergraduate degree plan for a STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine) major
  • Have a high school grade point average of 3.25 or higher, or ACT score of 27 or higher, or SAT score of 1650 or higher
  • Have a commitment to COF program requirements
  • Have a current FAFSA on file with Financial Aid
  • Students who have a full tuition scholarship are not eligible.

Renewable: Yes, must maintain minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and satisfactorily complete 15 credit hours per semester.  Must be a STEMM major and meet participation requirements for the Choose Ohio First Program.

You must apply to be considered for this scholarship.  We anticipate awarding 100 scholarships to new CSU students for Fall 2017.  Award amount for those selected is based on unmet financial need.  The minimum annual scholarship is $1,500.

Apply herewww.csuohio.edu/choose-ohio/choose-ohio-first-scholarship-program-application-cofsp