Become a Cutler Scholar




Where will you go as a Cutler Scholar?




About the Cutler Scholarships

Cutler Scholar Awards are merit-based scholarships funded by generous gifts from individuals who believe that investing in education is investing in the future. The eligible population for each Cutler Scholar Award is determined by the benefactor for whom the award is named. Benefactors designate awards for students who either are from a defined geographic area, such as a county or a school district, or plan to pursue undergraduate study in select colleges or majors at Ohio University.

The Qualities of a Cutler Scholar

Cutler Scholars are not simply high-promise students with good grades. They also have a record of positively impacting their communities through engagement, service, and leadership. Applicants must demonstrate potential and commitment to lifelong growth in four areas: intellectual curiosity, leadership, civic responsibility, and character.

Cutler Scholars’ curiosity about the world and how to make it better helps define their ambitions. They interested in an intellectually rigorous college experience, inside and outside of the classroom.

Cutler Scholars envision, enable and energize. They take initiative for the common good 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.



Students must be freshman applicants to Ohio University and satisfy either geographic or discipline eligibility requirements.

Geographic Awards: A student must attend or hold a degree from one of the 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 encourages any eligible student with strong intellectual curiosity and a demonstrated commitment to community engagement to apply. We do not consider standardized test scores in our selection process. Additionally, there is no minimum GPA required to apply, though successful applicants historically have possessed a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or greater on a 4.0 scale.


Eligible students can apply to the Cutler Scholars Program by completing the Ohio University Application for Admission and Scholarships via the Common Application, making sure to follow the instructions on the OHIO Honors and Scholars section of the Writing Supplement tab. By filling out the OHIO Honors and Scholars section, students will also be considered for the OHIO Honors Program and any OHIO Honors-Designated Programs where eligibility requirements are met.  Learn more about honors and scholars opportunities at OHIO.

For best consideration, students should submit a full and complete Common Application, including the activities section, one or more letters of recommendation, and at least one personal essay. For the essay, students may respond to the OHIO Honors and Scholars essay prompt in the Ohio University specific writing section of the Common App or to one of the Personal Essay prompts in the Common App Writing section.

Students can apply to the Cutler Scholars Program beginning August 1, and the deadline for consideration is November 15.


Cutler Scholars Program staff and alumni review all applications and select award finalists. Finalists will be notified and invited to campus to interview on either January 24th or January 31st.

All Cutler Scholar Award finalists are automatically admitted into the OHIO Honors Program.


Finalists are notified of their selection status by February 15. Those selected for awards have until May 1 to accept their Cutler Scholar Award and secure their position in the Cutler Scholars Program.


Still have questions? View our Cutler Scholars Application FAQ.