Cincinnatus Scholarship

The cornerstone scholarship program for the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnatus provides more than $22 million in renewable scholarships to the brightest and most promising incoming first-year students in all academic disciplines.

To be considered for this award, incoming first-year students must submit a completed application* and required accompanying materials by December 1 of their senior year.

For more information about the Cincinnatus Scholarship Program, please contact the Student Financial Aid Office by phone at 513-556-2420 or via email at


10 Presidential Scholarships of $94,000 are awarded annually to academically competitive students (est. $23,500 per year covers full tuition, fees, room, board, and a book allowance).


National Merit & National Hispanic Finalists may qualify for awards of $44,000 (est. $11,000 per year covers in-state tuition). Learn more about the steps to become a Distinction Scholar.

Century and University

Numerous Century and University Scholarships of $6,000 to $24,000 ($1,500 to $6,000 per year) are awarded annually to academically competitive students.

Additional Information

  • Annual $3,000 Cincinnatus Out-of-State Scholarship is added to awards for students who are not eligible for Indiana Metro Rate or Reciprocity, Kentucky Metro Rate or Reciprocity, or the National Outreach Scholarship award.
  • All Cincinnatus scholarships are renewed for the length of the undergraduate academic program provided the student maintains a 3.2 GPA and completes the annual 30-hour community service requirement.

Award Determinations

  • Qualifying students will be determined based on their overall admission application
  • Consideration for award amounts will be based on the qualifying students for each academic program
  • Notifications and associated details will begin in February and continue through final awards in mid-March


*A complete first-year application includes:

  • The Common Application, including writing prompts and information specific to UC
  • $50 application fee or fee waiver
  • Common Application School Report or letter of recommendation (both are strongly encouraged)
  • ACT or SAT test scores sent directly from the testing agency
  • Official high school transcripts