Ohio War Orphans Scholarship


The Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Board met on July 29th to approve new applicants as well as funding levels. It has been decided that students attending Public Institutions will be funded 100% of tuition and general fees, and students attending private institutions will receive an annual award amount of $5,667 for the year. Please keep in mind that schools must wait a minimum of 15 days after the start of the term before requesting funds electronically that will be transferred electronically and applied to students’ accounts.

Students must attend full-time, and prior recipients must meet appropriate cumulative GPA requirements (minimum 2.00).



What is it? The Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Program awards tuition assistance to the children of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans who served in the armed forces during a period of declared war or conflict.

Who is eligible? To receive War Orphans Scholarship benefits, a student must be enrolled for full-time undergraduate study and pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree at an eligible Ohio college or university. Ohio residency is required. Applicants must be under the age of 25.

How much aid is available? Scholarship benefits cover a portion of instructional and general fee charges at two and four-year public institutions and a portion of these charges at eligible private colleges and universities.

How do I apply? Application is made to the Ohio Department of Higher Education, State Grants and Scholarships Department.

Where do I get an application? Click here to get the application. Applications are also available from the Ohio Department of Higher Education, State Grants and Scholarships Department, high school guidance offices, veterans service offices, and college Financial Aid Offices.

Is there a deadline? The application deadline is July 1 of each year.

For more information, contact Amber Brady at (614) 752-9528 or abrady@regents.state.oh.us.



Questions Most Frequently Asked by Financial Aid Administrators about the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Program 

May Ohio War Orphan Scholarship Program benefits be used for graduate study?

No. The benefits of this program may be used only for undergraduate study.

What GPA does an Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Program recipient have to maintain in order to remain eligible for benefits?

By the end of the first year under the program (two semesters or three quarters), recipients must establish a 2.00 or better cumulative GPA. In order to retain eligibility, they must maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA for the balance of their undergraduate studies.

How may Ohio War Orphans benefits be used?

These benefits may only be applied toward tuition and general fees

How many terms of eligibility does a student have under the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Program?

Students may receive benefits covering a maximum of 15 quarters or 10 semesters.