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Scholarships

Admissions Scholarships

  • Incoming freshmen merit-based scholarships are distributed by the Office of Admissions and are awarded based on academic performance. Financial need is not required.
  • Incoming transfer merit-based scholarships are awarded by the Office of Admissions and are also available for students completing an associate degree and transferring in the fall semester. Applicants should meet the early action deadline to have the best consideration for merit-based scholarships.

Honors College Academic Scholarships

  • Incoming Freshman, The Honors College scholarships are awarded to a select group of entering freshmen and transfer students who, on the basis of their academic achievement, are selected for admission into the Honors College. Students who continue to meet the Honors College requirements may, after the first year, have the scholarship renewed up to three years (six semesters).

Outside Scholarship Tips

Check with civic groups in your community, such as:

  • Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts
  • Rotary Clubs
  • Masons
  • Lodges
  • Women's Clubs
  • Religious Organizations
  • Your parents' employers or other companies

When Applying:

  • Be cautious about scholarship scams!
  • Pay close attention to scholarship deadlines.
  • Prepare your resume in order to gather your thoughts and show your achievements.
  • Have a few people write letters of recommendation on your behalf so you will have them ready for scholarship applications.
  • Let your essays reflect your personality. Academic merit and scholastic achievements are important, but they are not the only criteria considered.
  • When you receive notification that you have been awarded a scholarship, send a thank you note to the donor.
  • Always keep the donor informed of your progress. It may allow you to receive a scholarship in the future.

Annual & Endowed University Scholarships

Scholarships at Old Dominion University have been established through the generosity of individuals, organizations, and corporations to recognize outstanding academic performance and to assist students in pursuing their educational goals. Scholarship awards are based on a variety of criteria. For some awards, eligibility is entirely determined by academic merit or potential. Other requirements might include demonstrated financial need, field of study, state or city residency, graduation from particular high schools, or participation in a specific program, organization, or activity. Generally, recipients have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average and are full time, degree-seeking students. To determine your eligibility for need-based scholarships offered through the university, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to February 15 of each academic year.

Selection procedures vary for these awards. For all scholarships, you must be admitted to the University. For some scholarships, a portfolio, an audition, or participation in a specific program may be required. You will receive written notification of any scholarship you are to receive. All scholarships must be formally accepted in writing.

  • Incoming freshmen and transfer students, all incoming freshmen and transfer students will automatically be considered for Academic and Endowed scholarships based on their admissions applications. The major scholarships offered to Old Dominion University students are based on information already known to the university.
  • Continuing Students, A scholarship form is available for continuing students who are (1) students who began attending Old Dominion University before August 1999, or (2) students who have a change in scholarship eligibility according to the Criteria Check List (included in the Scholarship Form). Continuing students who met the above criteria must complete and submit the form to the Office of Student Financial Aid by February 15. For more information, see the scholarship guide below:

Outside Agency Scholarships


In addition to the scholarships the university offers, the Office of Student Financial Aid receives scholarship information from private agencies and foundations throughout the year. Some sources of outside agency scholarships are community organizations, your church, organizations that your parents or grandparents may be affiliated with and student and/or parent employers. Internet searches may also be performed, while the public library is also a source for finding scholarships. To search various internet scholarship databases, visit the Scholarship Search page.

ROTC Scholarships

The Four Year Scholarship is available to students who have graduated from high school or possess an equivalent certificate prior to starting college. In keeping with high standards, candidates are selected for scholastic as well as extracurricular accomplishment, and not on the basis of financial need.

Educational Scholarships

Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Progam

The primary purpose of the VTSLP is to provide financial support to students who are preparing to teach in one of Virginia's critical shortage fields. The critical shortage fields are determined annually through the Supply and Demand Survey of Administrative and Instructional Personnel, distributed to every school division in Virginia by the Department of Education. Shortages in specific subject areas are derived from the top 10 academic disciplines identified by the survey as shortage fields.

Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program

The John Albert Gay Scholarship Endowment

The John Albert Gay Scholarship Endowment was established in 1982 for a student in special education who specializes in children with emotional disabilities. Consideration will be given to academic performance and financial need.

The Frank Hill Knecht Memorial Scholarship Endowment

The Frank Hill Knecht Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in 1982 in memory of Frank Hill Knecht, an alumna and retired ODU staff member by his sister, Lena Rosa Conley. The recipient will be an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in education, preferably special education. The student will possess motivation and demonstrate financial need. Further information on the Gay and Knecht Scholarships is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid.