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Ouachita Financial Aid

2022-2023 Ouachita Institutional Aid

Students will be considered for the following group of scholarships, grants and discounts based on the student’s acceptance to the university prior to their entering year at Ouachita. These scholarships are awarded until the residential component of the student's first degree is complete, up to a maximum of 8 semesters. (Semester Scholarship amounts will not be advanced or disbursed early due to completion of the degree in less than 8 semesters.) OBU's application for admission is required for consideration.

Ouachita Merit Scholarships

(awarded to incoming first-time fall 2022 freshmen based on the high school GPA through the 7th semester of study). 2.00 cumulative GPA required to maintain each semester.

President's Scholarship

$76,000 4-year value ($19,000/year)
High school GPA of 4.00 or higher

Founder's Scholarship 

$64,000 4-year value ($16,000/year)
High school GPA of 3.85-3.999

Dean's Scholarship

$56,000 4-year value ($14,000/year)
High school GPA of 3.55-3.849

Collegiate Scholarship

$44,000 4-year value ($11,000/year)
High school GPA of 3.00-3.549

Opportunity Award

$20,000 4-year value ($5,000/year)
High school GPA of 2.00-2.999


Transfer Student Scholarship

(Award based on cumulative transfer GPA at time of acceptance to Ouachita. For Fall 2022 entry.)
  • $12,500 per year available with a transfer GPA above 3.5
  • $10,000 per year available with a transfer GPA between 3.0 and 3.49
  • $7,500 per year available with a transfer GPA between 2.5 and 2.99
  • $5,000 per year available with a transfer GPA between 2.0 and 2.49
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA required to maintain; available up to 8 semester less prior full-time semesters attended at another institution

National Merit Ouachita Baptist University Scholarship

  • college sponsor of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation
  • Annually designates a minimum of three $1000 awards per year to National Merit Finalists.
  • Finalists must select Ouachita as first choice school with National Merit Scholar Corporation by March 1 to be considered for award
  • Cannot be chosen for another NMSC or corporate sponsor award

Southern Baptist Church Matching Grant

  • Up to $500 matched by Ouachita per year ($250 per semester)
  • Original scholarship must come from any Southern Baptist church with OBU church match grant form included
  • 2022-23 Church Matching Form

Minister's Child and Spouse Award

  • $2,000 per year
  • Available to dependent children and spouses of active, retired or deceased full-time ministers in Southern Baptist churches and current associational missionaries, as well as dependents of chaplains endorsed by the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board and employees of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention in positions that require approval by the Executive Board
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA to maintain

Missionary Dependent Award

  • $5,000 per year
  • Renewable over 4 years
  • Available to U.S. citizens who are dependent students of full-time cross-cultural evangelical missionaries serving outside U.S. and Canada
  • Can be stacked with merit based aid from the university
  • Letter verifying service by the sending organization is required
  • The scholarship is awarded at the discretion of the university, which holds the right to limit the number of discounts offered in any given year
  • Visit following for more information: https://obu.edu/thirdculturekids/

Legacy Award

  • $1,000 per year
  • Awarded to students who have at least one parent who attended Ouachita
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA to maintain

Note: The following scholarships, grants and discounts are awarded to students through various application processes or auditions with the appropriate program directors. These scholarships, grants and discounts are  awarded for a maximum eight semesters as well.

Tiger Network Leadership Scholarship

  • $1,000 for first year
  • 2.75/4.0 high school GPA 
  • Recipients will participate in leadership activities
  • Applicants nominated by Ouachita graduate or alumnus/alumna
  • Learn more at obu.edu/tigernetwork

Ouachita Student Foundation Scholarship

  • OSF Scholarships are awarded by a committee of students representing the Ouachita Student Foundation
  • Only those residential campus students classified as juniors and above (59+ hours) by Fall 2021 may apply for a 2021 OSF Scholarship
  • If you have previously received an OSF Scholarship you must reapply each year.
  • Applications are due by 5 p.m. March 7, 2021. Recipients will be notified by mail in April.
  • Can apply online at obu.edu/osf/osf-scholarships.php

Band Scholarship

  • Up to $3,000 per year
  • Awarded based on performance
  • Must make appointment with Jim Lloyd for an audition: lloydj@obu.edu
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA to maintain

Music Scholarship

  • School of Fine Arts scholarships awarded based on performance in piano, organ, voice, wind, percussion or stringed instruments, and high school GPA(college GPA for transfer students)
  • Students who intend to major in music and who successfully audition for a vocal or instrumental scholarship will be offered a Fine Arts Scholarship. Audition information:  http://obu.edu/music/audition/
  • For more information on scholarship auditions, contact Gary Gerber, Division of Music Chair, or call 870-245-5128

Art and Design Scholarship

  • Up to $3,000 per year
  • Art Education, Graphic Design and Studio Art
  • Awarded based on portfolio of work and a brief essay
  • Application is available at: Art and Design Scholarship Guide & Application
  • Deadline is 2nd Friday of November annually

Theatre Arts Scholarship (Performing and Designing)

Athletic Scholarship

  • Up to tuition, fees, room and board per year
  • Stackable with OBU merit scholarship
  • Offered in baseball, men and women's basketball,  women's cross country, football, men and women's soccer, softball, men and women's swimming, men and women's tennis, wrestling and volleyball
  • Individual coaches may be contacted by calling the Athletic Department at (870) 245-5181

Baptist Children's Home Award

  • Up to tuition, fees, room and board when combined with any federal aid for which the student is eligible
  • Awarded to students who are dependents of the Arkansas Baptist Children's Home
  • Letter of support from the Director of the Arkansas Baptist Children's Home and Family Ministries must be submitted to Office of Financial Aid for verification of eligibility
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA to maintain

International Study Scholarship

  • Funding available for students interested in pursuing an international study program approved by the university
  • The Director of International Education should be contacted for additional information

Youth Speaker's Scholarship

  • $400 to $600 (one year only)
  • Awarded to winners and runners up of the tournament sponsored by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention
  • Notification from the state convention needs to be sent to the Office of Financial Aid

Trio Program Scholarship

  • $1,000 per year
  • Awarded to an outstanding participant in the TRIO program each year
  • Applications are available in the Trio Programs Office
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA to maintain

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