BGSU Firelands Freshman Academic Scholarships

Incoming fall freshmen may be eligible for the Firelands Freshman Academic Scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500. The level of award is based on cumulative GPA and ACT or SAT results. To receive full consideration for academic scholarships, students must apply for admission and submit all credentials by July 31, 2019. No additional application in required. 

BGSU Firelands Freshman Academic Scholarships may only be used to cover instructional and general fees. 

To Qualify:

  • Student must be a 2019 high school graduate
  • 3.2 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 system) at the end of their senior year and
  • 22 or greater ACT composite or 
  • 1030 or greater SAT (verbal + math)

Deadline and Awarding Information

Incoming freshman students meeting the above criteria and having a complete application on file (application, tests scores, transcripts) with the BGSU Firelands Office of Admissions by July 31, 2019 will be awarded a scholarship based on the chart below. Your award will be automatically applied to your student account and split evenly between each semester. For example, if you are given a $500 award, you will receive $250 in the fall semester, and $250 in the spring semester.  

Renewal Criteria

All awards are renewable for a second year, provided the student maintains a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and completes a total of 30 semester hours in the fall and spring semester at BGSU Firelands. (These scholarships are only applicable during the fall and spring semesters.)

Questions and Answers about BGSU Firelands Freshman Academic Scholarships

Do you round up or recalculate GPA? 
No, we do not round up or recalculate a grade point average. We accept the cumulative GPA as presented on the official high school transcript.

Do you use weighted or unweighted GPA?
We use the grade point average presented by the high school. If both weighted and unweighted GPA is presented, we will use the GPA that most benefits the student.

Do you use the ACT writing test in scholarship consideration?
Since this test is not a required portion of the ACT, we do not consider the score for scholarships.

Why do you only use the Critical Reading and Math score of the SAT?
In order to be consistent, we do not use the new writing portion of the SAT in the awarding process for scholarships. The majority of our applicants submit the ACT score and the writing portion of the ACT is not a required section of this test. In order to be fair to all applicants we do not use the writing sub-score of the SAT.

What if I meet the GPA requirement, but not the test score requirement?
To be awarded the freshman academic scholarship, a student must meet both the GPA and test score requirement by the July 31 deadline.

If I receive one of the scholarships, but my test score or GPA increases and I qualify for a larger award, will I receive that one? 
If you submit a new test score or higher GPA by the July 31 deadline, this information will be reconsidered.  Budgetary restrictions do not allow for increasing awards after the scholarship deadline has passed.

How will I receive my award?
Your award will be automatically applied to your student account and split evenly between each semester. For example, if you are given a $500 award, you will receive $250 in the fall semester, and $250 in the spring semester.

Will my BGSU Firelands Freshman Academic Scholarship be renewed for a second year?
The BGSU Freshman Academic Scholarships are renewable for a second year, provided the student maintains a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment (12 semester hours or more) at BGSU Firelands.  BGSU Firelands Freshman Academic Scholarships are only applicable during the fall and spring semesters.  They are not available during the summer semester.

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