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Scholarships and Grants

A Mount Union education is accessible to 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.

  1. Federal Grants

    Federal Pell Grant (2017-2018)

    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 2017-2018 award year is $5,920.

    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

  2. State Grants

    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 2018-2019 FAFSA by September 30, 2018. For more information, please visit the following website:

    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, 2018 and must list Mount Union first in the “universities to receive information” section. 

  3. Mount Union Institutional Scholarships

    Presidential Scholarship ­– full tuition

    Any admitted high school senior who has achieved an ACT score of at least 30 or a SAT score of at least 1360 (EBRW + Math) and has earned a minimum grade point average of 3.75 is eligible to compete for the University of Mount Union's Presidential Scholarship program on December 1, 2018.

    For more information about the Presidential Scholarship program, please contact your admission representative.

    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 – up to $4,000

    Awarded at the time of admission to incoming American minority first year students with a high school GPA of at least 2.5.

    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.

    Trustee Scholarship – $18,000

    Founder’s Scholarship – $16,000

    Dean’s Scholarship – $14,000

    Hartshorn Award – $11,000*

    *GPA requirements does not apply.

  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 interested students should contact the Music, Art, or Theatre departments. Students must audition before March 1. 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. Transfer Scholarships

    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.

    Transfer Achievement Scholarship – $14,000 

    Transfer University Scholarship – $12,000

    Transfer Opportunity Scholarship – $10,000

    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.

    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.

  6. Mount Union Grants and Other Awards

    Need Based Grants

    The following grants are determined by the results 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).

    Methodist Grant

    Mount Union Grant

    Legacy Award (up to $3,000)

    The Legacy Award is awarded to full-time undergraduate dependent students of Mount Union graduates.

    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.

    Buckeye Girls State Scholarship ($2,000)

    The Buckeye Girls State Scholarship is available to incoming undergraduate students who participated in the American Legion Auxiliary’s annual Buckeye Girls State event on campus during the summer before their senior year in high school.

    Ministerial Award (up to $10,000)

    Ministerial Awards are awarded to eligible dependents who currently live with a parent who is a full-time Methodist ordained minister or missionary. The primary source of income for the parent minister must come from this full-time position.

    UMU Gift (up to $5,000)

    UMU Gift aid is awarded to students who file a FAFSA and are ineligible for other institutional funds.

  7. International Scholarships

    The University of Mount Union offers merit-based scholarship awards that total up to $16,000 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.

    #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 2019: June 1, 2019
    • Admission for spring 2020: November 1, 2019

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

    Complete Application