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Scholarships and Grants

A Mount Union education is affordable for students of all backgrounds thanks to our robust scholarship and grant offerings. There are several state and federal options available to assist you, as well as many Mount Union awards that are specific to your career at the university.


Students who are receiving multiple awards should also refer to our stacking policy in the Financial Aid handbook.


It is very important that you report any change in your housing status to Student Financial Aid as soon as possible. Student Financial Aid checks for housing status changes two weeks into the semester. Any changes that were not reported will require a revision to the financial aid offer at that time. It's important that your offer letter is correct before the semester starts, so be sure to check the most recent offer letter you received to ensure that your financial aid offer was based on your current housing status.

  1. Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program

    The Choose Ohio First Scholarship program, with its focus on increasing access to STEMM baccalaureate education for highly diverse, underrepresented students from the region, will advance NE Ohio’s ambition to capitalize on its “strong history of innovation.” We seek to help Ohio strengthen its tech economy by helping to increase degree attainment – through increased recruitment and retention of our underrepresented populations. Students from our sister school, Akron North High School are particularly encouraged to apply, as well as underrepresented students from the greater Alliance area. The scholarships, renewable for four years of undergraduate study, are available in the following STEMM areas: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, engineering, exercise science, nursing, physics, and psychology. 

    In addition to scholarship support, UMU COF scholars will have a dedicated mentor, Dr. Ryan Dwyer to provide academic and co-curricular advising. Dr. Dwyer will help students identify internship opportunities throughout their four years. 

    Eligibility requirements for this scholarship include:

    • High school unweighted GPA of 3.5, or class rank in the top 15% 
    • Completion of four years of mathematics and or computer science
    • Completion of four years of high school science participation; or completion of one of the STEMM Career Academies at Akron North High School
    • Stated interest in one of the approved STEMM majors at UMU
    • Letter of recommendation from one STEMM high school faculty member 
  2. Federal Grants

    Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act

    On March 23, 2018 the President authorized the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act for Pell Grant eligible students whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty as a public safety officer. More specific eligibility criteria and information can be found at ifap.ed.gov. If you feel you may be eligible, please email finaid@mountunion.edu for next steps.

    Federal Pell Grant (2021-2022)

    This grant is awarded to eligible students after FAFSA information is reviewed and need is determined. Award amounts are based upon Federal Pell Grant eligibility. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award for the 2021-2022 award year is $6,495.


    TEACH Grant

    Interested students should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid. In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students (see below for more information on high-need fields and schools serving low-income students). As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.

    IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed. Note: TEACH Grant recipients will be given a 6-month grace period prior to entering repayment if a TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. More information can be found at studentaid.gov.

  3. International Scholarships

    Merit Scholarships

    The University of Mount Union offers merit-based scholarship awards that total up to $18,000 per academic year. There is no separate application process to apply for these scholarships. You will automatically be considered for these scholarships once you have been admitted to Mount Union.

    Scholarship Name 2021-2022 Amount
    International Distinction Scholarship $18,000
    International Fellow Scholarship $16,000
    International Academic Scholarship $14,000
    International Ambassador Scholarship $12,000


    #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

    The University of Mount Union will offer five annual, renewable scholarships that cover a minimum of 50% tuition to selected international undergraduates dedicated to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHere message by bridging intercultural divides.

    Admission Criteria

    • Be a first-year international applicant to a participating college or university. An international applicant is an individual who holds citizenship in a country outside the United States and who does not also possess US citizenship or permanent residency.
    • Demonstrate interest and personal initiative in activities involving intercultural learning and exchange.
    • Submit the one-page #YouAreWelcomeHere application and a 500-1000 word essay or a two-to-five minute video describing their aspirations to conduct projects, research, employment or other experiences that will advance intercultural learning.

    Application Deadline

    • Admission for fall: April 1
    • Admission for spring: November 1

    To learn more about the #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign, visit their website.


    Complete Application


  4. Mount Union Academic Program Scholarships

    Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships

    The following scholarships are available to students who demonstrate exceptional talent in these areas. Scholarship amounts are based on an audition and could range from $3,000 to $25,000. Interested students should contact the Music, Art, or Theatre departments. Visual and Performing Art scholarships awarded to students who are majoring, or minoring will replace a student’s merit scholarship awarded at the time of admission. Students who are receiving multiple awards should also refer to our stacking policy on our financial aid handbook page.

    Art Scholarship

    Music Scholarship

    Theatre Scholarship

    Blended Music/Theatre Scholarship

  5. Mount Union Institutional Scholarships

    First Year Merit Scholarships

    The following scholarships are awarded at the time of admission to incoming first year undergraduate students and are based on a review of the students’ academic credentials. Scholarships are renewable each year (maximum of eight semesters). Students must be full time (12 credit hours) and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Awards are reduced by $3,000 if students choose to live off campus.

    Scholarship Name 2021-2022 Amount
    Trustee Scholarship $20,000
    Founder's Scholarship $19,000
    Dean's Scholarship $17,000
    Hartshorn Award* $14,000
    UMU Gift (if not eligible for a merit award) $12,000

    *GPA requirements does not apply.


    Investment Alliance Scholarship – full tuition

    Awarded to the top 15 students of each Alliance High School graduating class, as identified by the school district, who meet normal admission criteria to the University and are granted admission. Eligibility is determined as of the sixth semester of high school study, and those eligible must continue to earn a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the seventh semester of high school study. Recipients must demonstrate continuous traditional enrollment at Alliance High School for the full four years of study and earn an Alliance High School diploma, completing all degree requirements by the spring commencement (excludes home-schooled and transfer students; includes students with normal accelerated credits including post-secondary, dual credit and AP).

    Manzilla Multicultural Award – $2,000

    Awarded at the time of admission to incoming undergraduate first year students. Eligible students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must have indicated on their admission application that they are members of the following ethnic groups (categories from U.S. Census Bureau): Black or African-American, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander and/or are a first generation college student. First generation students must have indicated neither parent has an education level of “college or beyond” on their FAFSA. The award is renewable for eight semesters. 


    Presidential Scholarship ­– full tuition

    The Presidential Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors demonstrating outstanding academic achievement and exceptional aptitude. The Presidential Scholarship Program awards a full tuition scholarship to eight students annually. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years. Please visit the Presidential Scholarship Program page to learn more about scholarship eligibility, the application process, and timeline.


    The Marion G. Resch Scholarships

    The Resch General Scholarship is awarded to students who have attended a high school in Mahoning, Columbiana, or Trumbull County. The student must also be majoring in science, health/medical, education, or math. The Resch Engineering Scholarship is awarded to students who have attended a high school in Mahoning, Columbiana, or Mahoning County. The student must also be majoring in one of the engineering programs. A scholarship committee reviews all eligible students upon acceptance to the University. Students do not need to complete a separate scholarship application to be considered. Students will be contacted by the Office of Student Financial Aid if they were selected to receive a scholarship.  

  6. Mount Union Pell Opportunity Grant

    Mount Union will meet the cost of tuition and technology fees with grants/scholarships, Federal Loans, and Work Study for eligible incoming full-time first-year undergraduate students through the Mount Union Pell Opportunity Grant. Students must file a FAFSA and be Pell eligible, have a parent income of $55,000 or less (student income if independent), and 2.8 cumulative high school GPA or higher. This applies to both in-state and out-of-state students. The award is renewable for eight semesters as long as the student remains eligible based on their FAFSA and enrollment status. Students must also maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.

     

  7. Mount Union Grants and Other Awards

    Cheer and Dance Scholarship ($1,000)

    The Cheer and Dance Scholarship is awarded to full-time undergraduate students who are a part of the cheerleading squad, dance team, or mascot (maximum of eight semesters).  

    Esports Scholarship ($1,000)

    A $1,000 Esports Scholarship is awarded to full-time undergraduate students who are recruited for our esports varsity level teams (maximum of eight semesters). Full-time undergraduate students who are selected for the team during open try outs will receive an award that ranges from $150 to $1,000 based on the skill level and number of participants (maximum of eight semesters). All students awarded an Esports Scholarship will be required to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and maintain good academic standing.


    Need Based Grants

    The following grant is determined by the result of the student’s FAFSA. Grants are available for up to 10 semesters if sufficient need continues. Students must be full-time (12 credit hours).

    Mount Union Grant


    Science Fair Scholarship ($1,500)

    The Science Fair Scholarship is available to incoming undergraduate students who have achieved a superior level of performance at State Science Day or at the District 13 Science Fair during their junior or senior years in high school.

     

  8. ROTC Scholarship

    Air Force and Army ROTC Scholarship

    Effective Fall 2019, students who have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are participating in the ROTC full tuition scholarship program would qualify for the following Mount Union benefit:

    Mount Union will provide full tuition ROTC scholarship recipients with free on-campus housing and board. All other Mount Union grants or scholarships awarded at the time of admission become honorary. This benefit only applies during the time the ROTC scholarship pays tuition. The room and board scholarship is equivalent to a standard double room and unlimited meal plan. If a more expensive housing option is chosen, the costs above the standard double room will be paid by the student. The room and board scholarship will be reduced by any federal or state grants. If students receive private outside scholarships in addition to the full tuition ROTC scholarship, their room and board scholarship will be reduced by any amount that exceeds their direct costs. In the event a student stops receiving the full tuition ROTC scholarship, the student will be assessed financial aid according to Mount Union’s standard packaging parameters.

    For more information about the Air Force and Army ROTC programs, visit kent.edu.

  9. State Grants

    PHEAA State Grant

    To be considered for Pennsylvania state grant funds, parents and students must be residents of the state of Pennsylvania. Students must file the FAFSA by May 1, 2021 and must list Mount Union first in the “universities to receive information” section. 

    The Ohio College Oppor­tunity Grant (OCOG)

    The Ohio College Oppor­tunity Grant (OCOG) is available to eligible students. Eligibility requires that both the student and parent be Ohio residents for at least three years and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $2,190. Funding for OCOG comes from the Ohio Board of Regents. To apply for OCOG, complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA by September 30, 2021.  For more information, please visit the following website: https://www.ohiohighered.org/ocog.

  10. Transfer Scholarships

    Learn Local: Choose Mount Transfer Scholarship

    This scholarship is available for transfer students in the Carroll, Columbiana, Holmes, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Summit, and Wayne County areas beginning in the fall of 2020. Students will receive an award equal to 50 percent of a student’s entering-year tuition and excludes room, board, and fees at Mount Union. To receive the scholarship, students must meet the necessary criteria. Learn more about the Learn Local: Choose Mount Transfer Scholarship.


    Stronger Stark Transfer Scholarship

    This scholarship is available for transfer students in the Stark County area beginning in the fall of 2020. Students will receive an award equal to 50% of a student’s entering-year tuition and excludes room, board, and fees at Mount Union. To receive the scholarship, students must meet the necessary criteria. Learn more about the Stronger Stark Transfer Scholarship.


    Ohio Transfer Council Scholarship (for transfer students, up to $1,000)

    The Ohio Transfer Council reviews applications to offer three non-renewable $1,000 scholarship to students transferring to/from participating Ohio colleges and universities. The application deadline is June 30.

    Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship (for transfer students, up to $2,500)

    Phi Theta Kappa is a national honor society for students attending two-year colleges. Students transferring to Mount Union who are members of this organization and who have earned a GPA of 3.25 at their previous institution will be offered this scholarship upon receipt of Phi Theta Kappa membership verification.

    Transfer Merit Scholarships

    The following scholarships are awarded at the time of admission to transfer undergraduate students and are based on a review of the students’ academic credentials. Scholarships are renewable each year (maximum of eight semesters). Students must be full time (12 credit hours) and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

    Scholarship Name 2021-2022 Amount
    Transfer Achievement $15,000
    Transfer University $13,000
    Transfer Opportunity $11,000
    UMU Gift (if not eligible for a merit award) $8,000
    Student Life Grant (students who live on campus) $3,000