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Scholarships

Upon admission to Ottawa University, you are automatically considered for institutional scholarships. You must be a full-time student to be eligible for the following scholarships and awards.

Contact your Enrollment Advisor or call 855-546-1342 for more information about any of these scholarships.

 

Academic Scholarships

Presidential Elite Scholarship: Scholarship awarded to first year students who seek to be agents of change in their college careers and beyond.  The award is 100% of the cost of tuition each academic year for up to four years.  Applicants must have a 3.75 unweighted (4 point scale) GPA and a minimum 27 ACT or a minimum 1260 SAT.  In order to receive the full tuition scholarships, recipients must reside in university sponsored housing and must average 10 hours a week working in the tutoring center.  Varsity Sport eligible.  Awarded for Fall start only.

Surprise Elite Scholarship: Scholarship reserved and awarded to first year students that are recent graduate of a Surprise High school.  The award is 100% of the cost of tuition each academic year for up to four years.  Applicants must have a 3.75 unweighted (4 point scale) GPA and a minimum 27 ACT or a minimum 1260 SAT.  In order to receive the full tuition scholarships, recipients must reside in university sponsored housing and must average 10 hours a week working in the tutoring center.  Varsity Sport eligible.  Awarded for Fall start only.

Excellence Scholarship: Awarded to students, first year and transfers, with a minimum 3.5 unweighted (4 point scale) GPA and a 25 ACT or 1200 SAT (test score not required for transfer students with a minimum 24 college credits).  The award is $20,000 and has a requirement of averaging 10 hours a week working in the tutoring center.  NOT varsity sport eligible.

Dean Scholarship: Awarded to students, first year and transfers, with a minimum 3.25 unweighted (4 point scale) GPA and a 23 ACT or 1130 SAT (test score not required for transfer students with a minimum 24 college credits).  The award is $14,000 and has a requirement of averaging 10 hours a week working in the tutoring center.  NOT varsity sport eligible.

Spirit Scholarship: Awarded to students, first year and transfers, with a minimum 3.0 unweighted (4 point scale) GPA and a 21 ACT or 1060 SAT (test score not required for transfer students with a minimum 24 college credits).  The award is $10,000 and has a requirement of averaging 10 hours a week working in the Admissions Department.  NOT varsity sport eligible.

OUAZ Scholarship: Awarded to students, first year and transfers, with a 2.9 unweighted (4 point scale) GPA or lower. The award is $8,000 and has a requirement of averaging 10 hours a week working in the Admissions Department.  NOT varsity sport eligible.

Activity Awards

Ottawa University’s activity awards are available to students who have demonstrated significant skill or potential in an extra-curricular or co-curricular activity.  A student may receive only one activity award, although they are encouraged to participate in other activities if they wish.  Amounts vary and continued participation in the activity is required to keep the award; award amount may also be reduced. Unless specifically designated, institutional aid can be used to cover any direct cost (e.g., tuition, fees, room, board, etc.).

Students seeking activity awards at Ottawa University Arizona should contact their Enrollment Advisor or Financial Advisor to learn more. Clubs include but are not limited to the: Business Club, Sports Medicine Club, Bowling, E-Sports, Wrestling, Campus Ministries, Theatre, and Leadership.

 

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OUAZ's bowling team creates a supportive environment for bowlers to learn about the game, develop their skills, and compete at the highest level while working both individually and as a team. The team competes in United States Bowling Congress (USBC) collegiate events in Arizona, California, Nevada, and other states. 

Campus Ministries gives students hands-on ministry experience, training, and opportunities that are relevant and relational in serving others. Being part of the Campus Ministry Team allows OUAZ students to exercise and develop their unique gifts and talents as well as stretch into new areas of spiritual growth. The Campus Ministry Team will work closely with the campus pastor and hold weekly meetings for encouragement, goal setting, and personal training that will be utilized in practical ways both on and off the OUAZ campus. There will also be opportunities for involvement in local, national, and international missions. Each member of the Campus Ministry Team will also be involved with Spirit Life Wednesdays, help recruit future campus ministry team members, and be part of a student small group to deepen their friendships and faith journey.

Esports, or gaming, is a form of competitive video game-playing in which teams compete in a variety of genres including MOBAs, real-time strategy, sports, and more. The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), the field’s governing body, was formed in 2016 with seven colleges and universities competing in varsity Esports. Our state-of-the-art competition arena was completed in December 2020.

Led by Doug Doran, Ottawa University’s Leadership Development Program will help students make a serious investment in their future and in the OUAZ community and beyond. Students will engage with experienced leaders across a variety of industries, develop their leadership skills and style, and focus on their strengths and areas of growth to excel both personally and professionally. They will then put those skills to use on campus and in the community and graduate with proven leadership experience.

The OUAZ Theater Program allows students to hone their skills in the performing arts, both onstage and off, and prepares them for a professional career in the entertainment industry. Our inclusive program encourages personal self-growth and branding, understanding the ins and outs of the industry, introduction to a multitude of departments (costuming, directing, producing, public relations, distribution, etc.) across the breadth of the entertainment industry, and mastery of performance. By partnering with local theaters, and mentorship with industry professionals, our musical theater program creates the future of Hollywood, Broadway, and beyond.

Students in the Sports Medicine Club, led by certified athletic trainer Joseph Toenjes, will learn about basic anatomy, CPR, first-aid, basic rehabilitation of common injuries, and much more. Students in the Sports Medicine Club will travel with OUAZ athletic teams and have access to all OUAZ athletic events. The club offers valuable experience for former athletes or any students wishing to pursue careers in medicine, physical therapy, or athletic training. 

Led by 2019 Conference Coach of the Year, Ed Cruz, the OUAZ wrestling teams are looking for wrestlers who are serious about continuing their wrestling careers. Student-athletes must be prepared for the demands of academics, practice, and competition. Both the men’s and the women’s teams are members of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association and compete at events alongside NAIA and NCAA athletes as well. Home matches are held in Faith Arena; this state-of-the-art facility is fully equipped with the latest in sound, video, and wireless technology. The OUAZ wrestling teams typically travel to matches and tournaments in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, and Utah.

Other Awards

 

Church Matching                    Match up to $10,000 per year

For students who are accepted to OUAZ and a recognized and active member in their church.  The scholarship originates with your home church.  OUAZ will match the church contribution dollar for dollar up to $10,000 per year.  Renewal requires continued church financial support.  These scholarships are renewable for up to three additional consecutive years so long as the student maintains a 2.5 cumulative GPA, maintains satisfactory academic progress, and remains in good standing with Ottawa University. Unless specifically designated, institutional aid can be used to cover any direct cost (e.g., tuition, fees, room, board, etc.).

Native American Matching    Match up to $10,000 per year

For students who are accepted to OUAZ and who are members of a federally recognized Native American tribe, OUAZ will match tribal contributions dollar for dollar up to $10,000 per year.  Renewal requires continued Tribal support. These scholarships are renewable for up to three additional consecutive years so long as the student maintains a 2.5 cumulative GPA, maintains satisfactory academic progress, and remains in good standing with Ottawa University (cannot be combined with the Ottawa Tribal Award). Unless specifically designated, institutional aid can be used to cover any direct cost (e.g., tuition, fees, room, board, etc.). 

West Valley Housing Award

The following West Valley Housing Awards are designed to encourage students living in the West Valley an affordable opportunity to reside on campus.  These awards can be combined with the Academic Merit Scholarships, Affinity Activity Scholarships, and Member Scholarships. Unless specifically designated, institutional aid can be used to cover any direct cost (e.g., tuition, fees, room, board, etc.).

West Valley Residence Housing Cities:  Avondale, Buckeye, Deer Valley, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Sun City West, Tolleson, Waddell, Wittman, and Youngtown.

University-Wide Scholarships

 

Ottawa Indian Award - Full Tuition and requried fees.Room and board if on campus

This scholarship is awarded to documented members of the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma.  Double occupancy room and board charges are covered if the student resides on-campus.  Reduced meal plan charge is covered if student resides off-campus.  Students residing in university-owned off-campus housing should see the Tribal Agreement for full details.  Incoming tribal students must complete and submit the BIA Higher Education Scholarship application.

Tuition Waiver Award - Full tuition

Full tuition to faculty/staff and their dependents.  These students are not eligible for SEOG & KCG unless all other eligible students have been awarded.  See Employee Policy Handbook for eligibility details.

Tuition Exchange - Reciprocal agreement schools

Full tuition award for students whose parent (s) are employed by a university with a reciprocal agreement with Ottawa University.  OU reserves the right to limit the number of these awards.  These students are not eligible for SEOG & KCG unless all other eligible students have been awarded.

Outside Scholarships

These resources can help you apply for scholarships.

These links are provided as resources for you and will take you to outside websites. Ottawa University is not affiliated with any of the websites listed and is not responsible for content accuracy.

NOTE:  AZ ETV Program and AZ Tuition Waiver for COVID

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