Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans' Scholarship

Please note: The scholarship name change does not change eligibility requirements. The Application Tips and the Student Acknowledgement Statement only apply to students who have not yet applied for the scholarship.

The Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Board met on July 31, 2019, to approve new applicants as well as funding levels for academic year 2019-2020. It has been decided that students attending Ohio public institutions will be funded 100% of tuition and general fees, and students attending private institutions will receive an annual award amount of $7,044 for the year. Please keep in mind that schools must wait a minimum of 15 days after the start of the term before requesting funds electronically, which will be transferred electronically and applied to students’ accounts.

Students must attend full-time, and prior recipients must meet appropriate cumulative GPA requirements (minimum 2.00).

Overview

What is it? The Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans' Scholarship Program awards tuition assistance to the children of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans who served in the armed forces during a period of declared war or conflict.

Is there a deadline? The application deadline is May 15th of every year. Applications are accepted year round. As long your application is received or post marked with the date of May 15, you will be considered for the scholarship for the 2020-2021 award year.

Who is eligible? To receive War Orphans Scholarship benefits, a student must be an Ohio resident and enrolled for full-time undergraduate study and pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree at an eligible Ohio college or university. Applicants must apply between the ages of 16 and 25.

How much aid is available? Scholarship benefits cover a portion of instructional and general fee charges at two and four-year public institutions and a portion of these charges at eligible private colleges and universities.

How do I apply? Application is made to the Ohio Department of Higher Education, State Grants and Scholarships Department.

Where do I get an application? Click here to get the application. All instructions to complete application are on the back of the form. Applications are also available from the Ohio Department of Higher Education, State Grants and Scholarships Department, high school guidance offices, veterans service offices, and college Financial Aid Offices.

new.gif What is the Student Acknowledgement Statement? The Student Acknowledgement Statement ensures that all students awarded and utilizing the Ohio War Orphan & SDV Scholarship,’ are properly accounted for and eliminates the reapplication process. By completing this statement, you (the student), are aware, if there has been a year or more of no payment activity on your scholarship, it may be deactivated. However, once you are ready to use the scholarship, please contact the Program Manager, for details on placing back in an active status.

  • Click here to download the Student Acknowledgement Statement. This statement is required. Your application will not be complete without this form.

For more information, contact Ramah Church at (614) 752-9528 or rchurch@highered.ohio.gov.

 

Application Tips

Note: These Application Tips and the Student Acknowledgement Statement only apply to students who have not yet applied for the scholarship.

  • The application process requires FOUR forms: A COMPLETED application, DD214, and VA Award Letter. Please only submit additional documentation upon request.
  • The Veteran Award Letter needs to indicate an Overall Combined Rating or Overall Service Connection of 60% or more. The entire packet of each disability rating is not needed; only the overall service connection percentage is needed.
  • The DD214’s service dates must coincide with the dates listed in ORC 5910, which are also listed on the back of the application under definitions, section 2. Service time during 05/06/1975 to 08/01/1990 do not qualify, unless you have received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
  • Residency Section must be completed in its entirety.
    • If a veteran’s DD214 shows a place of entry and home record “outside” of the state of Ohio, the student will need FIVE years of Ohio residency. The five years is a total of one year prior to completion of the application and four out of any 10 years in the state of Ohio. Therefore, a minimum of five years.
  • Email addresses are strongly encouraged for an expedited response time.
  • Applications must be notarized and signed by both student and parent.
  • The deadline is May 15 of every year. Applications postmarked after the deadline date will not be included in the 2019-2020 Award Year, but will be considered for the 2020-2021 Award Year. No exceptions. Please make sure to get your COMPLETED application in on time.  

 

FAQ

Questions most frequently asked by financial aid administrators about the Ohio War Orphans & Severely Disabled Veterans' Scholarship program. Click on a question below to view its answer:

How does the War Orphans & Severely Disabled Veterans' Scholarship process work?

Once a student submits their application, it is then entered into the system. The student will receive a notification of receipt, which is either eligible, ineligible or incomplete, via email or mail. If the student is or becomes eligible, they are presented to the WOSDV Board at the annual meeting. Once approved, an award notification is sent to the student by email or mail. When the time of payment request comes, the student’s school will be in contact with the Program Manager 15 days into the term, to request funding. Within a week, funding is then applied to the student’s account, for tuition and general fees. 

Please note, this is the process every year, and schools cannot request funding any earlier than 15 days after a start to the term.

When does the Board meet to determine awarding amounts?

The Board will meet annually, in the last week of July, to approve the new award year funding amounts.

May Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans' Scholarship Program benefits be used for graduate study?

No. The benefits of this program may be used only for undergraduate study.

What GPA does an Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans' Scholarship Program recipient have to maintain in order to remain eligible for benefits?

By the end of the first year under the program (two semesters or three quarters), recipients must establish a 2.00 or better cumulative GPA. In order to retain eligibility, they must maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA for the balance of their undergraduate studies. The exceptions for this are freshmen, Transfer, First Year Scholarship recipients, previously approved SAP appeal, documented learning disability, and extenuating circumstances as approved by the institution’s Student Services Department.

How may Ohio War Orphan & Severely Disabled Veterans' benefits be used?

These benefits may only be applied toward tuition and general fees.

How many terms of eligibility does a student have under the Ohio War Orphans & Severely Disabled Veterans' Scholarship Program?

Students may receive benefits covering a maximum of 15 quarters or 10 semesters.

What documentation is needed when I apply?

Please access the links provided above to print the WOSDV application and the Student Acknowledgement Statement. The Veteran parent will need to provide:

  1. A copy of the DD214
  2. A Summary of Benefits/Verification Letter *Please do not send the entire Disability Rating Evaluation packet. The only thing needed to verify from the packet, is the overall disability rating percentage/ or combined evaluation.

All together you are submitting FOUR documents. Please send by mail or fax, please do not email application, due to sensitive information. The mailing address and fax number are located in the top right-hand corner of the application.

How do I know if my application was received and I am eligible?

The Program Manager will reach out to all students who have sent in an application, letting them know the status of their application. However, approval status of the scholarship will not be available, until the WOSDV Board have met. Award notifications will be emailed or mailed to the student, immediately following the meeting.

What if I’m not eligible or my application is incomplete?

If eligibility criteria cannot be met, the Program Manager will notify you of your ineligible and/or incomplete application.  If your application is incomplete, you will receive a request for additional information. If your ineligible status can be cleared, please submit clearance documentation. This documentation MUST be in, on or before the deadline date of May 15th, of the year you are applying for i.e.) For Award Year 2020-2021 funding. Please apply on or before May 15 2020, or make sure your letter is postmarked with that date. There are no exceptions or extensions.

If I have already been receiving the War Orphans Scholarship, do I need to reapply?

No.

How do I transfer institutions or update my information in the system?

Please email or mail the Program Manager your request, indicating the new institution. Transfer requests cannot be completed over the phone.

If one child is already receiving the scholarship and my other child is now applying, do I need to submit the application and all other documents?

Yes.

What if I have a learning disability?

If a student has a learning disability, they would be eligible to receive the scholarship for 20 semesters and 30 Quarters, along with having the cumulative GPA requirement of 2.0, waived. However, the student’s institution, must send over verification of the learning disability.

Does the War Orphans & Severely Disabled Veterans' Scholarship cover tuition and fees for summer classes?

The War Orphan Scholarship covers summer term tuition and fees in August. Therefore, students taking summer classes may need to contact their school’s financial aid office for information on payment processing, until the time comes for the school to request payment. Also, in order for a student to receive a summer payment, students must maintain a full-time course load and have had at least one year of scholarship payment activity.