Honors Scholarships

Honors Scholarship Application

**Now accepting applications for incoming students for Fall 2021**

The Ashland University Academic Honors Program offers academically talented undergraduate students cross-disciplinary experiences, participation in an intellectual community devoted to discussion and dialogue, and special projects and courses that challenge the mind.  Although all students admitted to the Honors Program have exceptional standardized test scores and high school GPA’s, the Honors Program will recognize incoming freshmen, transfers, and international students who demonstrate exceptional potential by granting them a $1,500/year or $1,000/year merit-based scholarship, renewable for four years. As scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis, students are encouraged to apply soon after being accepted to the Honors Program.


  • Member of the Honors Program
  • Active fulfillment of Honors Program curricular requirements including the Honors Capstone Project
  • Attendance at all Honors Program lectures
  • Participation in Honors Society programs
  • Service as ambassadors for the Honors Program by talking to prospective students at Admission events

Selection Process

Students applying to receive an Honors Program Scholarship will be selected based on the following guidelines:

  • Be an incoming student
  • Be a full-time student
  • Be accepted into the Honors Program
  • Demonstrate leadership within their high school/college experiences as reported on Honors application
  • Demonstrate community service as a high school/college student as reported on Honors application
  • In your Honors Application, submit a response to one of the options below by Friday, February 26, 2021
  • Interview with the Honors Director or a faculty member on the Honors Advisory Committee by Friday, March 5, 2021

Late Honors Scholarship Applications will be accepted, but only if scholarships are still available. Honors Scholarship Applications received after March 1st may not receive full consideration.

Honors Program Scholarship Application

Your Honors Program application will be reviewed as part of the scholarship selection process.  Additionally, select one of the following options to include with your Honors Program application to be considered for an Honors Scholarship:

  • Option 1: "Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory." -George S. Patton. In a 250-500 word essay, describe a challenge that you accepted that resulted in you feeling the exhilaration of victory. Submit your essay in MS Word or PDF format.
  • Option 2: Creativity can be expressed in many ways. Submit a project that demonstrates your creativity in an area such as music, theatre, photography, visual arts, creative writing and literature, mathematics, science, history, dance or the like. Although not required, you may wish to include a brief paragraph providing background information about your project.

You may upload your Honors Scholarship Essay through your Admissions Application Portal, click on the Honors Program apply link. If you have questions, email Kim Pool at kpool@ashland.edu.

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