Become a Cutler Scholar




A Merit Scholarship that Makes a Difference





Cutler Scholars Program Merit-Based Scholarships

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. Donors designate awards for students who are either from a geographic area, such as a county or a specific high school, or admitted to an academic unit at Ohio University, such as a college or major. These awards nurture students’ demonstrated commitment to scholarship, leadership, and civic engagement 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.


A Cutler Scholar is a student recognized for demonstrated intellectual curiosity, leadership, civic responsibility, and character. Students must attend an eligible high school or intend to major in a designated academic discipline.


Geographic Awards:

A student must be in their senior year and attend one of the eligible high schools. Our staff communicates with eligible schools, and OHIO admissions contacts applicants from eligible high schools.

Discipline Awards: 

A student must apply to one of the eligible academic disciplines at OHIO. Selection for a Cutler Scholar Award is contingent on admission to an eligible program of study.


The Cutler Scholars Program and Ohio University undergraduate admissions use separate application processes. Candidates must submit all materials for the Cutler Scholar Award application AND the Ohio University (or common) application by December 1stThe application deadline has been extended to December 8, 2017!


Program staff and Cutler Scholar alumni review all applications and select award finalists who are invited to interview on campus.

Geographic Award Interview Day: January 26, 2018

Discipline Award Interview Day: February 9, 2018


Those selected for awards have until May 1 to accept their Cutler Scholar Award and secure their position in the Cutler Scholars Program.