Morrill Scholars Program Essays

Application Process

How to apply for MSP

Step 1: Apply for admission to The Ohio State University by November 1. Note that the application and all required materials (application fee, test scores, transcripts, etc.) are due by that deadline. Visitapply.osu.edu for more information. 

  • We highly recommend that you submit the application and all required application materials by November 1.

Step 2: On the application check the appropriate box that indicates your interest in being considered for the Morrill Scholarship Program and then complete the essay prompt.

Step 3: Be sure to include leadership and diversity involvement on the activity list. 


Essay Review Process

The Morrill Scholarship Program scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to students admitted to the Columbus campus for autumn semester 2018.

On the application, if you checked “YES” indicating your interest for the Morrill Scholarship Program and you provided an essay response to the question, your application is forwarded to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion after the admissions decision is complete.

Essays are evaluated and recommended for awarding by a committee of staff and faculty.

Scholarship offers will be sent to students by email. The details of the award will be included in the email.

A formal letter will be sent via the U.S. Postal Service, for your records.

Your scholarship is considered accepted once your Undergraduate Acceptance Fee is received. 

If you have questions about submitting your acceptance fee, contact Undergraduate Admissions via telephone (614-292-3980) and/or e-mail (askabuckeye@osu.edu).

Distinction Review Process

The Distinction Scholarship is MSP's premier scholarship and is the equivalent of the cost of attendance. Students selected to interview for this scholarship will receive email notification. 

Educational Enrichment

MSP students are eligible to participate in:

  • Diversity and inclusion themed workshops, lectures and service projects
  • Graduate and professional school preparation courses and guidance
  • Mentoring and tutoring to support your academic success
  • Morrill Scholars Early Arrival Program
  • ODI outreach and engagement projects on campus and in the community
  • ODI leadership and service courses for credit toward the Leadership Minor
  • Optional housing in the MSP Learning Community in Blackburn House
  • Service trips and travel abroad opportunities

University Honors & Scholars

Over 80 percent of Morrill Scholarship recipients are also University Honors and Scholars students.* Learn more about the University Honors Program and the 17 theme-based Scholars Programs here. 

*The Morrill Scholarship Program, also referred to as the Morrill Scholars Program (MSP) and the ODI Scholars Program, are both separate from the University Honors and Scholars Center at Ohio State. Thus, students involved with MSP and ODI Scholars are also able to participate in programs connected to the University Honors and Scholars Center.

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