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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 Scholarship - Competitive (see *Elite Scholars competition) scholarship awarded to selected first-year students who seek to be agents of change in their college careers and beyond.The award will be up to the full cost of tuition each academic year for up to four years.

Provost Scholarship - Competitive (see *Elite Scholars competition) scholarship awarded to selected first-year students who seek to be agents of change in their college careers and beyond. The award will be up to three-quarter’s of the cost of tuition each academic year for up to four years.

High Achiever Scholarship - Competitive (see *Elite Scholars competition) scholarship awarded to select senior students who are residents or attending a high school in Surprise, Arizona, and who excel academically and show engagement in extracurricular activities. The award will be up to the full cost of tuition each academic year for up to four years.


Elite Scholars Competition

Ottawa University Arizona (OUAZ) announced its prestigious Elite Scholars Competition in February of 2019. Qualified students are invited to compete for the awarding of the Presidential and Surprise High Achiever (full-tuition) and Provost (three-quarter tuition) Scholarships. These scholarships are renewable for up to a total  of four consecutive years as long as the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and remains in good standing with OUAZ. Recipients of these scholarships live in University-sponsored housing and serve as student leaders in the campus community.

To be considered to compete in this elite competition, high school seniors must have:

  • a minimum cumulative high school GPA (unweighted) of 3.50 (out of 4.00),
  • a minimum ACT composite score of 25, or
  • a minimum SAT composite score of 1200, and
  • been accepted to Ottawa University Arizona (OUAZ).

The competition begins with the submission of a portfolio which shall include a:

  • submitted OUAZ application for admission;
  • high school transcript that details graded coursework through the end of 2017, including in-progress coursework for your senior year;
  • bulleted outline of extra-curricular activities that includes (1) years of participation, (2) levels of involvement, and (3) leadership positions held;
  • list of honors, awards and recognitions received;
  • maximum of three (3) letters of recommendation from a school official, teacher or activity director that addresses your excellence in academics, intellectual and creative work, involvement in your high school community, and civic involvement; and
  • maximum of three (3) different samples of creative work (graded if academic in nature) that efficiently displays intellectual range and depth (e.g. a recorded fine arts performance, graded artistic expression, graded writing sample, graded exam, etc.).

Based upon an evaluation of the portfolios, selected students will advance to the final round of competition (interview) which will be conducted on the campus.

Portfolios should be forwarded mailed or delivered to your Enrollment Advisor at:

Ottawa University Arizona
Attn: Elite Scholars Competition
15950 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ  85374

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.

Activity Awards Available - Students seeking activity awards at Ottawa University should contact the Office of Admissions to learn more.


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 Mike Ward, a Leadership West—Class 27 alumnus, Ottawa University’s Leadership Development Program will help students make a serious investment 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.

Ottawa Tribal Member Award - Awarded to admitted members of the Ottawa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma. Documentation of tribal membership must be submitted and verified. Students will receive full tuition, regular fees, and room and board (if residing on campus). Contact an Enrollment Advisor for more details.

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.

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