Types of Scholarships & Aid
Made Available to Students From All Economic Backgrounds
The value of a Denison education is made available to students from all economic backgrounds through generous financial aid packages from the university, which include Denison scholarships and Denison grants, as well as federal and state grants. Funds from each of these programs do not have to be repaid.
In addition to your scholarships and grants, many students use a combination of federal loans, private loans and a limited number of loans from a special Denison fund to finance their education. Loans are to be repaid. Denison works diligently to put together the best possible financial aid packages for its students — and our extremely low default rate of less than 2% is proof that our students are thriving in their professions and able to repay the loans they take.
Scholarships have been funded through loyal Denison alumni and friends as a means of recognizing the special part that the university, professors and friends have played in their lives and success. The scholarships often are named for these alumni or their loved ones. Scholarship recipients are encouraged to thank our alumni donors each year.
Denison annually offers several merit scholarships to first-year students, and scholarships generally range from $5,000 to full tuition. Students who wish to be considered for merit-based scholarships must submit a completed application for admission by the deadline for their chosen admission round, unless otherwise noted. All of Denison’s merit scholarships and awards are given for four years (eight semesters), and they cannot be applied toward off-campus study charges. Merit scholarships require recipients to maintain a 2.0 GPA, unless otherwise stipulated in the donor agreement. The Offices of Financial Aid, Registrar, and Provost work together to track student eligibility and to notify students of their standing.
|Alumni Awards||Based on superior academic achievement.|
|American Home Foundation Scholarship||Based on superior academic achievement in central Ohio and exceptional promise in the STEM fields.|
|Austin E. Knowlton Scholarship||Based on superior academic achievement in Ohio and exceptional promise in the STEM fields.|
|Battelle Scholarship||Based on superior academic achievement and demonstrated leadership in central Ohio.|
|Bob and Nancy Good Scholarship||Based on superior academic achievement and to recognize Denison’s ongoing commitment to diversity within the Denison community.|
|Carl Jakust Memorial Scholarship||Based on demonstrated financial need and superior academic and extracurricular achievement at Cass Technical High School (Detroit).|
|David Everett Reese Family Foundation Scholarship||Based on superior academic achievement.|
|Dr. Betty Lovelace Scholarship||Based on superior academic achievement, outstanding leadership and personal merit, and to recognize Denison’s ongoing commitment to diversity within the Denison community.|
|Dr. Desmond Hamlet Scholarship||Based on superior academic achievement, outstanding leadership and personal merit, and to recognize Denison’s ongoing commitment to diversity within the Denison community.|
|Hla/Fisher Scholarship||Based on superior academic achievement and to recognize Denison’s ongoing commitment to diversity within the Denison community.|
|Jonathan Everett Dunbar Scholarship in the Humanities||Based on superior academic achievement and exceptional promise in the humanities with an intended major in the humanities.|
|Licking County NAACP Scholarship||Based on superior academic achievement and to recognize Denison’s ongoing commitment to Licking County diversity within the Denison community.|
|Mary E. Babcock Scholarship||Based on superior academic achievement in central Ohio (particularly Johnstown and Northridge High Schools).|
|Michele Myers Fellowship in the Arts||Based on superior academic achievement and demonstrated talent in visual art, performing art, or creative writing.|
|Music Scholarships||Based on superior academic achievement and musical ability with an intention to continue—in some capacity—with musical pursuits at Denison.|
|Park National Bank Scholarship||Based on superior academic achievement in central Ohio.|
|Richard D. Waterfield Scholarship||Based on demonstrated financial need and attendance at a Fort Wayne high school (particularly South Side or Canterbury).|
|Tyree/Parajon Scholarship||Based on superior academic achievement and to recognize Denison’s ongoing commitment to diversity within the Denison community.|
|Upward Bound Scholarship||Based on superior academic achievement and participation in Upward Bound.|
|Wells Scholarship in the Sciences||Based on superior academic achievement and an intended major in the sciences.|
For more detailed information about merit scholarships, please contact the Office of Admission at 740-587-6276.
Grants are gifts from federal and state governments that support the education of students. Denison University also provides grants based on financial need, as well as grants to the Denison bookstore to help defray the cost of books and supplies.
For More information on the Federal Pell Grant ↪
For more information on the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) ↪
For more information on the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) ↪
Students and their families often take out loans to help cover the costs of education. Loans are available through the federal government at a low cost. Loans also are available through financial institutions, and from a special fund provided by Denison alumni. If loans are necessary to fund your education, Denison’s financial aid team will work with you to secure you the best loans and rates and help you understand your responsibilities for repayment.
Students should always apply for all scholarships, grants, work-study and federal loan programs offered by Denison before borrowing an alternative loan program and should only be used when all options are exhausted.
For more information about federal loans versus private loans ↪
Denison Scholar Loans are subsidized, meaning no interest accrues while the student is enrolled. These loans have an interest rate of 6%, a 10 year repayment plan and has a 9 month grace period after a student graduates or ceases to be enrolled. Loans may be pre-paid without penalty.
Many students work at Denison in offices and departments across campus. These students earn above minimum wage as they learn skills and knowledge that help them move into their professions after graduation. Work study positions are not assigned. Students are responsible to seek out their own employment.
Work-Study Awards are intended to help students earn income to help meet some of your educational costs. There are two types of Work Study Awards:
Students interested in student employment will be able to search for a campus job through the Student Jobs channel located on MyDenison in late summer. Work study jobs average about 10 hours per week for at least minimum wage. Work-Study earnings are paid directly to students for hours worked; it is not applied to a student’s account or tuition bill. This job opportunity is an option; students are not required to work.
Additional Grants & Funding Sources
Through the generous contributions of alumni, Denison is able to offer financial support for students, including grants, for a variety of both on- and off-campus experiences and needs.
- Career & Grad School
- Off-Campus Study for Credit
- Off-Campus Non-Credit Experiences
- The Horizon Fund
The Horizon Fund was established in 2009 by 161 members of the Denison Class of 1959 as they celebrated their 50th anniversary reunion. The Fund is a permanent endowment to help support important opportunities for students. It is not the intent of the Horizon fund to provide grants that cover expenses associated with Denison coursework or senior projects but rather to support enrichment opportunities for the academic and/or co-curricular interests of students.
Independent initiatives and creative projects are of particular interest to the governing Board. Applications for funding associated with academic and/or professional development conference registration and travel, service learning experiences, and field study will also be considered.
For more information on The Horizon Fund and to apply, please visit: mydenison » campus resources » student development or contact Jenny Pearlman
For more information, students, staff and faculty may log in to MyDenison and search for Grants & Funding Sources