- Study Abroad
- Campus Involvement
Honors Tutorial College Scholarship Opportunities
HTC students are eligible for other scholarships offered by the Dean of the Honors Tutorial College. Freshmen are eligible simply by virtue of being accepted to the College. No additional application form is required. Upperclassmen must reapply through the Office of Financial Aid each year in order to qualify.
College Endowed Scholarships
The College has a limited number of endowed scholarships that are awarded based on a variety of criteria. These are usually awarded to upperclassmen rather than freshmen.
The Dean awards Dean's Scholarships every year to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. These scholarships are based on merit and range from $1,250 to $2,000. They are renewable providing the student maintains 16 credit hours each term with a minimum 3.3 accumulative grade point average. Note: The GPA for this scholarship is set by Ohio University. Keep in mind, however, that HTC students must maintain a 3.5 overall GPA.
Dean's Discretionary Fund
Thanks to generous alumni who have provided endowment monies to the College, the Dean is able to provide financial support to students who apply for funding from The Dean's Discretionary Fund for research, travel, or other creative projects. This is not a scholarship fund, however, so these funds may not be used toward tuition, room, board, or OU general fees. Students interested in applying for this support must apply at the Honors Tutorial College and must provide detailed information about the reason funding is needed.
Study Abroad Scholarships
For information about HTC scholarships for studying abroad, click on the "Study Abroad" tab above.
Ohio University Scholarship Opportunities
Templeton Scholars Award Program
Students who are members of a disproportionately represented group, such as African American, Hispanic, or Native American, are eligible to apply for this prestigious scholarship. Read more here.
Many students may be eligible for other scholarships through the Office of Diversity.
Ohio University Gateway Scholarship
Most HTC students qualify for some funding from Ohio University's Gateway Award Program. Visit the University's Gateway page for more information. Note: ACT scores of 32 or higher qualify incoming students for a renewable, full in-state tuition scholarship.
The Gateway Award Program is applicable to first-year students who are new to the Athens campus of Ohio University in fall term. Eligibility is based on a sliding scale of academic merit, as determined by either the ACT composite or SAT math and critical reading scores, and financial need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The program is composed of six awards:
Gateway Excellence Scholarship
Four-year renewable scholarships valued at in-state tuition. To be eligible, students must earn a minimum ACT composite score of 32 or a combined math and critical reading SAT score of at least 1400 and have maintained a 3.0 GPA during high school.
Four-year renewable scholarship based on academic merit. Award amounts vary.
Four-year renewable grant based on a sliding scale of both academic merit and need. Award amounts vary.
Gateway Trustee Award
Four-year renewable discount of $6,000 applied to the non-Ohio resident surcharge. To be eligible, students must earn a minimum ACT composite score of 25 or a combined math and critical reading SAT score of at least 1130.
Ohio University Bobcat Grant
Awarded to students with the highest need as demonstrated by the FAFSA, without merit consideration.
Herbert L. Baer Prize
The annual Herbert L. Baer Prize Competition was established in honor of an Honors Tutorial College alumnus, Dr. Herbert L. Baer, who was very interested in research and work that bridged traditional disciplinary boundaries, particularly those involving mathematics in some way. This is a cash award of $1000 designed to recognize excellence and achievement in multi-or trans-disciplinary thinking. All students at Ohio University are eligible to enter this competition each April. The prize is announced in mid-May.
To view full details about the competition, download the Baer Prize form here.
Jordan Pleasant (2009)
Lisa Howison (2008)
Jennifer Morgan Chambers (2007)
Patrick Heery (2006)
Kelsey Brennan (2005)
Anna Jagelewski (2004)
Nicholas Capell (2003)
David Armstrong (2002)
Many HTC students hold part-time jobs while studying at Ohio University. Student employment on campus is handled primarily through Centralized Student Employment Services within the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. Employment opportunities include Federal Work Study positions, hourly employment positions, PACE positions (Program to Aid Career Exploration), and links to postings for local jobs in the Athens community. For more information about any of these employment opportunities, visit the CSES website or call (740) 593-4141.
Katie Mitchelle, Junior, Political Science: Student Director at OU Intramural Sports
David Young, Senior, Media Arts & Studies: Tour Guide
Stephanie Fisk, Senior, Art History: Group Fitness Instructor at Ping
Gina Edwards, Senior, Journalism: Communications Editor at HTC Office
Note: The Honors Tutorial College hires work-study and PACE students each year to work in our office. For more information about open positions and how to apply, contact Kathy White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Honors Tutorial College and Ohio University are committed to assisting students in post-graduate job searches. The Career Services Center at Ohio University offers a wide array of services, including career fairs, mock interview opportunities, online job searches, career counseling, summer job and internship bulletins, and resources on resume and cover letter writing. Visit the CSC website for detailed information on all the resources that the Center offers.
In addition, because the Honors Tutorial College is so unique, graduating students who apply to graduate or professional schools are given tutorial letters that not only describe the tutorial nature of the college but also describe the content of each tutorial taken by the student.
HTC Public Policy Internship
An anonymous donor has made a contribution of $10,000 to the Honors Tutorial College to be used for the next four years to facilitate public interest research internships for students in the College. The generosity of the anonymous donor will allow the Honors Tutorial College to select a student to receive a stipend of $2500 to underwrite a research public interest internship.
Interested students must contact public interest entities and work with staff members to design a research project that meets the needs of the agency or group. The research project can be part of an ongoing effort or can be something new. The goal in either case, however, is to pursue a research project that is substantive, has clear-cut goals, and makes a genuine public interest contribution. As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide a research proposal that outlines your project.
On the conclusion of their internship, individuals selected for the HTC Public Interest Research Internship must provide a written evaluation of their experience. Supervisors of HTC PIR interns also must submit an evaluation of the work undertaken.
Guidelines for Application
- Be in good academic standing in the College with an overall GPA of 3.5.
- Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply. Seniors must undertake the internship in either the summer before their final academic year or during their final year.
- Must have demonstrated research ability either through successful work through a tutorial or class project, research apprenticeship, PURF-related project, or some other substantial independent research project.
- Deadline for application is at the end of April. Internship proposals for summer and academic terms will be accepted.
- You will need to submit four copies of the material requested below to Kathy White prior to 5 p.m. on the deadline. Applications will be reviewed by the dean and by a panel of faculty tutors and directors of studies.
- Application Form
- Research Proposal
- Letter of endorsement from the agency or institution you propose to work with (preferably from the individual who will supervise you).
Honors Tutorial College students are encouraged to study abroad at some point during their time at Ohio University. The Office of Education Abroad at Ohio University offers a wide variety of programs. HTC students may choose to study abroad for a quarter, a year, a summer, or even during winter break. Working with their Director of Studies and the Assistant Dean, most students are able to study abroad without lengthening the time it takes to receive their degree.
New Education Abroad Scholarship Information
The Office of Education Abroad has published a new document that outlines various scholarship opportunities for students seeking funds to study abroad. Click here to download and print this very important information.
Dean's Discretionary Funding
Students who study abroad are encouraged to apply for funding from the Dean's Discretionary Fund for assistance with airline expenses or other expenses related to their studies. The form is available at the college front desk.
Every year, many HTC students leave Athens to study abroad. Read about some of their experiences (below) for students' study abroad tales from previous years.
Rachel Ferchak, Journalism
Studied in Morocco
Rachel Ferchak traveled far off the proverbial beaten path this summer: She spent six weeks in Morocco’s Tighza Valley. The senior Journalism major fused her love of storytelling and the French language by living with a local family and conducting immersive interviews in their small community. Drawing on the experience for her senior thesis project, Rachel is creating a magazine that examines how education, gender roles and Islam shape Moroccan culture.
She shadowed blue-collar workers and a single mother to learn about life on the edges of Moroccan society. Attending Berber weddings and Ramadan feasts and speaking with the local Imam gave her a taste of the local Muslim culture. She also had long conversations with girls in the area to find out their perspectives.
Reporting in Morocco allowed Rachel to apply classroom principles she has learned at Ohio University. “The trip was the perfect summary of the last three years and of everything I loved to study,” she said. “I found something that fit with what I love and am passionate about.”
Her interest in Morocco grew out of her love of language and desire to go to a French-speaking African country. Before her trip, she studied the country extensively. She also wrote about Moroccan Christians for her foreign correspondence class and studied French–language Moroccan media in a tutorial.
Several research challenges cropped up during Rachel’s time in Morocco. Interpreters sometimes changed her questions after translating them from French into Tachelhit, the regional language. She had to go back and listen to her recorded interviews with interpreters and ensure she understood everything and to corroborate facts. These measures were necessary because many of her sources did not know their age or how to spell their name. After agreeing to be photographed, interview subjects would then ask that their pictures not be used. Moroccan men proposed to her several times.
Rachel is grateful to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and Honors Tutorial College for funding her trip. She received HTC Dean’s Discretionary funds and two Scripps awards: the Maxine Stewart Foreign Correspondence Internship for Religion and Culture Reporting and the George Starr Lasher Living Legacy award.
“Most people don’t have the opportunity to do what I did,” she said.
Her summer in Morocco has inspired Rachel to continue pursuing international journalism. She hopes to combine French, journalism, mission work and travel in her career.
Vince Roberts, Physics
Studied in Germany
Vince Roberts describes himself as a “jack of all trades” when it comes to research. The senior Physics major has dabbled in astrophysics and biophysics projects throughout his undergraduate career. This summer he traveled to Germany to add green energy technology to his portfolio.
At Humboldt University in Berlin, Vince studied materials that could be used for solar cells. He took zinc oxide samples and covered them with a conducting material to determine whether the two would chemically bond. He used a device called a Kelvin probe to measure the amount of energy required to strip electrons away.
He found that more energy was needed to strip electrons away from the zinc oxide the longer it was immersed in the conducting material and that the amount of energy required eventually flattens out. “I found that [the zinc oxide] was indeed bonding to the surface...before and after there was a different chemical change,” Vince said.
Researching abroad was something Vince didn’t think would be possible as an undergraduate. “Going into physics I didn’t think I’d have the chance to go abroad,” he said. “I figured I’d be stuck here in Athens doing research. I was really happy I got the opportunity.”
Knowing that his research has a practical application is satisfying. “For quantum physics, especially this kind of solar technology, it’s really nice because there is an application of green technology,” he said. “I sort of like having the idea that I can apply my research to something that’s going to affect the world.”
Is there more to life as an HTC student than academics?
Prospective students often ask us if Honors Tutorial College students have the time to get involved in campus and community activities. We are proud to say that our students know how to strike the balance. They are engaged in the most demanding academic programs at Ohio University, but they are also some of the most involved individuals on campus and in the Athens community as leaders, volunteers, and contributing members of organizations. To prove it, we've provided a running list of the types of organizations our students participate in and the kinds of leadership positions our students currently hold.
Download the Organization Participation List: (MS Word)