Ohio War Orphans Scholarship

The Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Board met on July 26, 2018, to approve new applicants as well as funding levels for academic year 2018-2019. It has been decided that students attending Public Institutions will be funded 84% of tuition and general fees, and students attending private institutions will receive an annual award amount of $6,435 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 that 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).


What is it? The Ohio War Orphans 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.

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 16-24.

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.

Is there a deadline? The application deadline is May 15th each year. If your application is received or postmarked on or before May 15th, you will be eligible to receive funding for the upcoming award year. Otherwise, if your application is received or postmarked after the deadline date, it will be held for the following award year.

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



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

May Ohio War Orphan 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 Orphans 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 once again for this are Freshmen, Transfer, or First Year Scholarship recipients.

How may Ohio War Orphans 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 Scholarship Program?

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

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

No, you would only need to complete the application one time unless your scholarship has been unused for more than one academic year.   

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

Simply email the WOS program manager your request of the institution you are transferring from and the institution you would like to transfer to and any other pertinent information you need updated. Also, please make sure to include your full name. 

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

You can call or e-mail the WOS program Manager to make sure your application was received.  Please note that as the application deadline nears, it may take a few days to receive a response. 

How do I know if I am eligible?

The WOS program manager will reach out to any student who has sent their information in before the May 15th deadline to let them know if they are eligible or not. Award notifications will be emailed to the student the beginning of August.

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

If eligibility criteria have not been met, the WOS program manager will notify you of your ineligibility.  If your application is incomplete, you will receive a request for additional information.    

What documentation do I submit?

You will need to submit the War Orphans Application which you can be found on this page. Please complete the application in full, sign, and have it notarized. Attach a copy of the parent’s DD214 and a Summary of Benefits/Verification Letter. Please, if possible, 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.

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. There is no way to automatically link information and due to sensitive information being given it is best to keep all applicant information separate.

How long can I use this scholarship?

The WOS scholarship can be used for a total of 10 semesters or 15 quarters.  

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.

How does the War Orphans Scholarship process work? 

Once a student completes their application, it is then approved, and entered into the system. The student will receive an award notification by email or mail, at the beginning of August, letting them know how much WO Scholarship funding they are able to receive. At that point the student’s school will be in contact with the WO Program Manager 15 days into the term to request funding electronically be applied to the student’s account for tuition and fees. 

When does the Board meet to determine awarding amounts?

The Board meets the last Wednesday in July every year. Also, please note that if you are receiving other aid, you can only receive up to the remaining amount of tuition and fees.

Does the War Orphans Scholarship cover tuition and fees for summer classes?

The War Orphan Scholarship covers summer term tuition and fees, but not until late-August/early-September. Therefore, students taking summer classes need to contact their school’s financial aid office for information on payment processing and how to handle any balances incurred until the time comes for the school to request payment. Also, students must maintain a full-time course load during  Summer term and have already been receiving the scholarship in order to receive funding.