A Miami U 1st: Offers scholarship to each of Ohio’s 88 counties

For the first time, Miami University is offering a scholarship to one qualified student from each of Ohio’s 88 counties.

The new statewide Governor’s Scholarship financial awards, which will start for the 2020-2021 school year, will cover recipients’ annual full tuition and fees.

Miami officials said the Governor’s Scholarship underscores Miami’s continued commitment to affordable college access for Ohio residents.

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Kiplinger ranked Miami No. 53 in the nation in 2019 among “Best Values in Public Colleges” for in-state residents. Miami has ranked among the 100 “best values” every year since 1998, said school officials in a released statement announcing the new scholarships.

“Miami attracts students from across Ohio and the U.S., as well as from around the world,” said Bethany Perkins, director of admission at Miami.

“This new scholarship affirms our dedication to educating Ohio’s students and affording them the global education, leadership opportunities and innovative learning experiences offered at Miami,” said Perkins.

Miami’s four-year graduation rate ranks number one among public universities in Ohio and number 21 among public universities nationally, said officials.

Claire Wagner, spokeswoman for Miami University, said the 88 scholarships would have a freshman year total value of $1.4 million.

Miami University, which besides its main Oxford campus also has regional schools in Hamilton, Middletown and West Chester Twp., is Butler County’s largest employer.

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School officials said for priority consideration, students should apply to Miami by Dec. 1; no additional scholarship application is necessary.

Scholarships will be based primarily on academic performance, but financial need also will be considered.

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