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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

Each admitted student is considered for an academic scholarship based on Grade Point Average (GPA) and ACT/SAT scores for freshmen and cumulative college GPA for transfer students.  Academic scholarships are renewable based on cumulative Ottawa University GPA.


Among the scholarships available at Ottawa University, there are two competitive awards detailed below. For further information about available scholarships, please contact an Enrollment Advisor.


Presidential Scholarship - Competitive 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 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 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.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship - This award will be up to half of the cost of tuition and is awarded to members of Phi Theta Kappa who are in good academic standing. The award is renewable for two additional consecutive years. Proof of membership is required.

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.

Athletic Scholarships - Student-athletes seeking athletic activity awards at Ottawa University should contact the Office of Admissions to learn more.

Non-Athletic Scholarships - Students seeking non-athletic activity awards at Ottawa University should contact the Office of Admissions to learn more.

Some scholarships that are currently available include:

  • Bowling Club Sport
  • Business Club
  • Cycling Club Sport
  • Education Club
  • Engineering Club
  • Lacrosse Club Sport (Men)
  • Outdoor Adventure Club Sport
  • Wrestling Club Sport (Men/Women)
  • Ultimate Frisbee Club Sport

Ottawa University Awards

Contact an Enrollment Advisor to learn more, including the amount of these awards.

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.

COMPETITIVE AWARDS

The following scholarships are awarded to select students who are invited to compete based on the minimum GPA and ACT score requirements as designated below. These scholarships are renewable for up to three additional, consecutive 

Dean Award - Students must have a minimum 3.4 GPA and a cumulative ACT score of 25. In order to maintain and renew the scholarship, selected students must maintain a 2.9 cumulative GPA and be in good standing with the University.

Adawe Award - Students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and a cumulative ACT score of 23. In order to maintain and renew the scholarship, selected students must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA and be in good standing with the University.

ENTITLEMENT AWARDS

The following awards may be added to other academic scholarship, activity award or Ottawa University grant for which the student is eligible.

Alumni Award - Awarded to children or grandchildren of Ottawa University graduates.

American Baptist Church Award - Awarded to students who are active members of a church that is a member of the American Baptist Churches of the USA denomination. Requires a completed evaluation from the pastor or church official.

Christian Worker Award - Awarded to children whose parents are employed by a church. Proof of employment is required.

Family Member Award - Awarded to concurrently enrolled immediate family members who are attending any Ottawa University campus/location; retained if family member graduates.

Regional American Baptist Church Award - Awarded to active members of American Baptist Churches of the Central Region (Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas) or Rocky Mountain Region (Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Eastern Utah). Students may receive this award in addition to the American Baptist Church award.

Surprise Housing Award - Awarded to students who reside (for more than one year prior to application) in Surprise, Arizona and choose to live in University-sponsored housing; may be renewable if maintaining University-housing requirement.

Surprise Resident Award - Awarded to students who reside (for more than one year prior to application) in or graduated from a high school in Surprise, Arizona.

Elite Scholars Competition

Elite Scholars Competition

NOTE: At this time, we are no longer taking applications for Fall 2019. We thank you for your interest and encourage you to take a look at our many other academic and activity scholarships. If you are interested in more information for Fall 2020, please email admissions at OUAZadmiss@ottawa.edu.

Ottawa University Arizona (OUAZ) announces its prestigious Elite Scholars Competition on Friday, February 15, 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, 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 can be electronically forwareded to brian.sandusky@ottawa.edu or should be mailed or delivered to your Enrollment Advisor at:

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

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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