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Undergraduate Scholarships for New Students

  • Incoming freshmen merit-based scholarships are distributed by the Office of Admissions and are awarded based on academic performance. Financial need is not required.
  • Incoming transfer merit-based scholarships are awarded by the Office of Admissions and are also available for students completing an associate degree and transferring in the fall semester. Applicants should meet the early action deadline to have the best consideration for merit-based scholarships.

Honors College Scholarships

The Honors College scholarships are awarded to a select group of entering freshmen and transfer students who, on the basis of their academic achievement, are selected for admission into the Honors College. Students who continue to meet the Honors College requirements after the first year may have the scholarship renewed up to three years (six semesters).

University Scholarships

Scholarships at Old Dominion University have been established through the generosity of individuals, organizations, and corporations to recognize outstanding academic performance and to assist students in pursuing their educational goals. Scholarship awards are based on a variety of criteria. For some awards, eligibility is entirely determined by academic merit or potential. Generally, recipients have earned at least a 3.4 grade point average and are full time, degree-seeking students. To determine your eligibility for need-based scholarships offered through the university, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to February 15 of each academic year.

Selection procedures vary for these awards. For all scholarships, you must be admitted to the University. For some scholarships, a portfolio, an audition, or participation in a specific program may be required. You will receive written notification of any scholarship you are to receive. All scholarships must be formally accepted in writing.

  • Incoming freshmen and transfer students, all incoming freshmen and transfer students will automatically be considered for Academic and Endowed scholarships based on their admissions applications. The major scholarships offered to Old Dominion University students are based on information already known to the university.
  • The Scholarship Form for Continuing and Graduate Students is available for students who have a change in scholarship eligibility according to the Criteria Check List (included in the Scholarship Form). Continuing students who meet the above circumstances must complete and submit the form to the Office of Student Financial Aid, 2002 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529-0052. The form must be received by January 1, each year to be considered for scholarships for the following academic year.

Outside Agency Scholarships

If you are receiving a scholarship from a high school, service agency, private business or any other outside agency, it is advised that the outside agency send official notice stating the student s name, social security number and amount of the scholarship. If you have recently received additional scholarships, advise the financial aid office immediately so that the scholarship, may be considered when calculating the automatic deferment. Scholarship notices must be submitted on the official letterhead of the donating organization and should stipulate any special conditions the student must meet in order to receive the award. Organizations should forward scholarship notifications to:

Outside Agency Coordinator
Office of Student Financial Aid
Old Dominion University
Alfred Rollins Hall

Students are strongly urged to contact the organization and arrange that scholarship checks be forwarded to the address above prior to tuition deadline. Some organizations require proof of registration and/or academic transcripts before sending a check to the University. It is the student's responsibility to comply with any requirements stipulated by the awarding agency.

Outside Scholarship Tips

Check with civic groups in your community, such as:

  • Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts
  • Rotary Clubs
  • Masons
  • Lodges
  • Women's Clubs
  • Religious Organizations
  • Your parents' employers or other companies

When Applying:

  • Be cautious about scholarship scams!
  • Pay close attention to scholarship deadlines.
  • Prepare your resume in order to gather your thoughts and show your achievements.
  • Have a few people write letters of recommendation on your behalf so you will have them ready for scholarship applications.
  • Let your essays reflect your personality. Academic merit and scholastic achievements are important, but they are not the only criteria considered.
  • When you receive notification that you have been awarded a scholarship, send a thank you note to the donor.
  • Always keep the donor informed of your progress. It may allow you to receive a scholarship in the future.

Foster Care Student Resources

A foster care student is defined for this program as one who was in foster care at the time they received their high school diploma or general education diploma (GED); in the custody of a social service agency or a special needs adoption at the time they received their high school diploma or GED; or was formerly in foster care when turning 18 years old and subsequently received a high school diploma or GED.

How To Apply

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will help determine your financial need for tuition assistance.


Step 2: Submit Support documentation

  • Documentation from the Department Social Services, and
  • The Social Services document must include the dates in foster care, or
  • Assistance received for a special need adoption

Step 3: Upon receipt of documentation, Financial Aid Counselors will review your FAFSA results and documentation to verify your qualification for the tuition assistance recommended by the State Council of Higher Education. Tuition assistance will consist of Federal, State and institution awards. Assistance is not guaranteed, as funds are limited and available on a first come basis. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks from the date you submit your documentation. Should you have questions please contact our office via email finaid@odu.edu or virtual counseling, https://odu.edu/tuition-aid/financial-aid/virtual.html

Criteria to be considered for the Tuition Assistance

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree seeking program with no prior bachelor's degree
  • Must enroll and complete at least half-time enrollment (6 credits or more) each semester
  • Must be a resident of Virginia at the time the award is made and continue to remain a resident of Virginia for the duration of the award period
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid
  • Do not exceed five years of full-time study or 150 credit hours
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in the year the award is made

Tuition Award

The actual award will vary based upon the types of financial aid a student may receive. The tuition assistance will consist of State, Federal and institution grants, not to exceed the tuition only cost. The tuition assistance provided may not cover the following:

  • Laboratory fees and
  • On campus room and board fees

Important Information

  • A student who withdraws from the University may owe a refund for the unearned portion of the award received (contact your Financial Aid Counselor before withdrawing)
  • Students who do not complete at least six credit hours each semester may lose eligibility for state grant assistance
  • Funds for summer semester enrollment may not be available

Virginia Legislative Information System Chapter 589

External Scholarship Search Sites

A listing of websites that will help you search for and find an outside scholarship.

ROTC Scholarships

The Four Year Scholarship is available to students who have graduated from high school or possess an equivalent certificate prior to starting college.

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External Scholarship Search Sites

A listing of websites that will help you search for and find an outside scholarship.

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ROTC Scholarships

The Four Year Scholarship is available to students who have graduated from high school or possess an equivalent certificate prior to starting college.

Scholarships for Education Majors

The John Albert Gay Scholarship Endowment

The John Albert Gay Scholarship Endowment was established in 1982 for a student in special education who specializes in children with emotional disabilities. Consideration will be given to academic performance and financial need.

The Frank Hill Knecht Memorial Scholarship Endowment

The Frank Hill Knecht Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established in 1982 in memory of Frank Hill Knecht, an alumna and retired ODU staff member by his sister, Lena Rosa Conley. The recipient will be an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in education, preferably special education. The student will possess motivation and demonstrate financial need. Further information on the Gay and Knecht Scholarships is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Please contact the Office of Clinical Experiences for eligibility determination for the below programs

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Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program

The primary purpose of the VTSLP is to provide financial support to students who are preparing to teach in one of Virginia's critical shortage fields. The critical shortage fields are determined annually through the Supply and Demand Survey of Administrative and Instructional Personnel, distributed to every school division in Virginia by the Department of Education. Shortages in specific subject areas are derived from the top 10 academic disciplines identified by the survey as shortage fields.

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ODU CYBER Scholarship

ODU Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research is pleased to announce a new scholarship program for students who are majoring in Cybersecurity. These are four year scholarships ($8,888 per year, total: $35,552) available to talented students with demonstrated financial need.

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