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A Major Ohio University’s Big Promise: Full Tuition Scholarships for Local High School Grads

Big news for Delaware County high schoolers! Starting this fall, Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) is rolling out a red carpet to higher education with its groundbreaking Delaware County Promise—a full-tuition scholarship program aiming to make college dreams a reality for local students.

The Promise of a Brighter Future

OWU’s new initiative promises to lift the burden of hefty college fees off the shoulders of eligible families. For the academic year 2024-2025, tuition fees, including room and board, are pegged at a steep $68,572. But thanks to the Delaware County Promise, qualified incoming freshmen won’t have to worry about these costs.

Who Qualifies?

To snag this fantastic opportunity, students need to meet a few criteria: reside or attend high school in Delaware County, flaunt a strong academic record with a minimum 3.5 GPA, and belong to a family with an annual adjusted gross income of less than $100,000. Remember, this offer is exclusively for first-year college students, aiming to open doors right after high school.

Why Delaware County?

“More than 180 years ago, the people of Delaware came together to support the founding of what is now OWU. Today, we’re paying it forward,” shared a representative from OWU. The initiative not only honors the university’s historical bonds with the community but also strengthens future generations’ educational and economic prospects.

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Living and Learning at OWU

Beneficiaries of the Delaware County Promise must live on campus, ensuring they immerse themselves fully in the vibrant, enriching environment that OWU offers. This residential requirement underscores the university’s commitment to a holistic educational experience, combining academic excellence with personal growth and community engagement.

List of Eligible High Schools

Eligible students will be graduating from one of the many esteemed high schools in the area, including:

  • Big Walnut HS
  • Buckeye Valley HS
  • Compass School
  • Delaware Area Career Center
  • Delaware Christian School
  • Genoa Christian Academy
  • Grace Baptist School
  • Jubilee Christian School
  • North Spring Christian Academy
  • Olentangy Berlin HS
  • Olentangy HS
  • Olentangy Liberty HS
  • Olentangy Orange HS
  • Riverview HS
  • Rutherford B. Hayes HS
  • Village Academy
  • Westerville Central HS
  • Westerville North HS

How to Apply

The application process is straightforward. Prospective students should apply to OWU as first-year students, submit their high school transcripts, and complete the FAFSA to establish financial eligibility. The university will take it from there, guiding each applicant through the steps to potentially securing a full-tuition scholarship.

A Game-Changer for Local Education

OWU’s Delaware County Promise is more than just a scholarship; it’s a lifeline for families who dream of higher education but dread the financial strain. It’s a testament to the power of community and education working hand in hand to lift up the next generation. For Delaware County, it means a chance to offer a brighter, more promising future for all its residents.

As this exciting program unfolds, it’s clear that for Delaware County high schoolers, the road to college just got a little smoother. Get ready to dream big, without the worry of overwhelming college fees!

To learn more about the program, head over to