Become a Cutler Scholar




A Merit Scholarship that Makes a Difference





Cutler Scholars Program Merit-Based Scholarships

Scholarships are provided by benefactors who recognize and reward scholarship and leadership either among students at high schools chosen by the donors, or students enrolling in specific academic disciplines at Ohio University. These awards provide opportunity to further nurture students’ demonstrated abilities in an environment conducive to personal and intellectual growth.

The Qualities of a Cutler Scholar

Cutler Scholars are expected to have all four of these characteristics.

Cutler Scholars’ curiosity about the world and how to make it better helps define their ambitions. They are distinguished by their motivation to pursue their academic interests outside the university.

Cutler Scholars envision, enable and energize. They take initiative and action for the betterment of the community rather than individual glory.

Cutler Scholars act on their responsibility to the larger community and use their talents to make a positive difference in the world.

Cutler Scholars make ethical decisions based on well-reasoned principles. They are self-aware, empathetic, persistent and humble.

Scholarships and Awards

Cutler Scholar Awards are privately funded by forward thinking individuals who believe that investing in education is investing in the future. The eligible population for each Cutler Scholars Award is determined by the benefactor who is establishing and funding the award. The benefactor can designate one of the following:

A geographic area

such as a county or a single high school. Currently funded scholarships are available in and out of the state of Ohio.

An academic unit of Ohio University

such as the College of Business, the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, the College of Fine Arts or the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

NOTE: The frequency of awards is subject to change depending on the availability of funding.


A Cutler Scholar is a student recognized for demonstrated intellectual curiosity, leadership, service, and character. Students must attend an elligible high school or intend to major in a designated academic discipline. In order to select our Cutler Scholars, we follow a four step selection process as outlined below:


Geographical Nomination:

Eligible schools and students are notified of available scholarships.

Discipline-Based Nomination: 

Students who have applied to Ohio University are notified by email of their eligibility.


Once a student has been notified of their eligibility, they will need to submit the online application by December 1st.



Upon review, finalists are selected and invited to the campus for an interview.

Geographic Award Interview Day: February 3, 2017

Discipline Award Interview Day: February 10, 2017


Those selected for awards are requested to respond by May 1st, to facilitate preparation for the following school year.