In keeping with the mission of the Eminence Fellows, the selection committee looks for students who have demonstrated potential as leaders both inside and outside the classroom.
Academic distinction in high school is assumed. The typical profile of a student admitted to the Eminence Fellows has an ACT composite score of 34 and higher or an SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 1520 and higher. Eminence Fellows generally graduate in the top three percent of their high school classes.
Just as important is evidence of significant and sustained contributions to the school and local communities. Students selected for the Eminence Fellows show records of long-term involvement and increasing responsibility in school activities and community-based initiatives.
After completing the Common Application and applying for Honors status, students that would like to be considered for the Eminence Scholarship and Program will be required to write a thoughtful response to an additional essay question or questions. This will be the only additional component for the Eminence Scholarship. Please revisit this site for further instructions and to access the essay question in the fall. The Scholarship Selection Committee will have access to the student's Common Application and will include it in the selection process.
Approximately 75 students will be selected as finalists and be invited to campus to participate in the Eminence Scholarship Interview Weekend scheduled for March 23rd and 24th. This event is in conjunction with the third Buckeye Bound day for all OSU admitted students. During Interview Weekend, finalists will have the opportunity to meet and interact with faculty, staff, and current Fellows. Award notification will be sent out approximately two weeks later.
To remain in good standing as Eminence Fellows, students are required to:
- Gain admission to the University Honors Program and maintain Honors status every semester
- Contribute to their class service project and embrace the collaborative spirit of "giving back."
- Be involved at some level with their class service project
- Complete an Honors Thesis or other capstone requirement for graduation with Honors Research Distinction
- Participate in the weekend-long Eminence First Year Retreat held in Hocking Hills, Ohio
- Contribute to and be involved with Eminence Program initiatives through regular attendance and/or participation in Eminence leadership opportunities.
The 2018 Eminence application is now closed. Finalist decisions will be sent out via email at the end of February to applicant's email account.