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Merit Awards

A significant number of our MBA students receive some form of merit-based funding, consisting of scholarships, fellowships, and/or graduate assistantships. The Fisher MBA Admissions Committee typically reviews applications to determine funding eligibility within one to two weeks of your offer of admission to the MBA program. 

Applicants are not required to complete a separate application to indicate interest in being considered for funding. 

Every admitted student is automatically reviewed for funding consideration.  Since funding decisions are also made on a rolling basis, candidates who submit applications early are given priority consideration for awards. Funding may not be available for late applicants.

In order to be considered for all available merit-based funding opportunities, we encourage you to submit three letters of recommendation rather than the two that are required for your application.

Fisher Fellows

A select number of highly qualified candidates will be identified as Fisher Fellows. Fellows are typically awarded a 50 percent tuition waiver and a monthly stipend during the academic school year, although extraordinary candidates may qualify for a Fisher Fellowship that covers 100 percent tuition. 

Fellows are among the most competitive awards given to incoming MBA students and are therefore chosen carefully on the basis of outstanding academic, professional, and personal achievement, as well as potential for success in the MBA program.

Graduate Assistantship (GA) Positions

Each year Fisher awards approximately 20 new graduate assistantships to the incoming MBA class. Graduate Assistants fulfill important roles throughout the college and are selected for placement based upon their skills and interests, and how those are aligned with needs.

The MBA Admissions Committee will use your application and interview to determine whether you will be awarded a GA position. They typically involve a 10-hour per week work schedule, which translates into a 50 percent tuition waiver as well as a monthly stipend during the academic school year.

Fisher Scholarships

All applicants to Fisher’s full-time MBA program are automatically considered for merit-based awards, ranging in value from $1,500 to full-tuition. While some of these scholarships may require particular qualifications, such as prior academic performance or work experience, several scholarships are free of stipulations, and the MBA Admissions Committee will assign these awards based on a candidate’s potential to contribute to the classroom experience.

Cost of Living Scholarships

A limited number of incoming MBA candidates may be eligible to receive a cost of living scholarship to assist with the non-academic expenses you will incur as a student in the MBA program.  This scholarship counts as a financial resource but does not get applied towards tuition - it is paid directly to the student once tuition has been paid.  These awards may be offered to incoming students who are eligible to receive merit-based support.

 

International Applicant Scholarships

The majority of admitted international students qualify for merit-based funding. The following two merit-based opportunities are available to international students:

International Student Ambassador

Each year, we select two incoming international students to work as student ambassadors to the MBA program. Student ambassadors often serve as the first point of contact and are thought of as the face of the Fisher MBA program for prospective Fisher candidates.  The role of the ambassador is to help prospective students navigate the admissions process and ease their transition to enrolling at Fisher. 

This highly competitive award requires the following:

  • Admission to the Full-Time MBA program
  • Strong academic record
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to maintain a high level of integrity and confidentiality
  • Demonstration of effective time management skills
  • Service-oriented mentality
  • Completion of a separate interview with the Director of Admissions

The Student Ambassador will work 10 hours per week in exchange for 50 percent tuition and fee waiver and monthly stipend of $715 during the academic year.

Scholarship for the Americas

The Scholarship of the Americas was created to help attract more students from South and Central America to the Fisher MBA program. The Scholarship for the Americas is merit-based and offered to a candidate who demonstrates strong academic aptitude, competitive GMAT or GRE test score, work experience, leadership potential, and desire for professional development.

The scholarship is comprised of the following:
  • Full tuition waiver for two years
  • Monthly stipend of $1,435

While there is not an official work requirement attached to this award, scholarship recipients are asked to assist the Graduate Programs Office in increasing the recruitment of students from Latin America.

Scholarship for the European Union (EU)

The Scholarship for the European Union was created to help attract more students from the EU to the Fisher MBA program. The scholarship is merit-based and offered to a candidate who demonstrates strong academic aptitude, competitive GMAT of GRE test score, work experience, leadership potential, and desire for professional development.

The scholarship is comprised of the following:
  • Full tuition waiver for two years
  • Monthly stipend of $1,435

While there is not an official work requirement attached to this award, scholarship recipients are asked to assist the Graduate Programs Office in increasing the recruitment of students from the European Union.

 

The Ohio State University Fellowships

Each year, Fisher College of Business nominates a select number of highly-qualified MBA applicants to be considered for one of The Ohio State University's Fellowships.

There are two fellowships that MBA students are eligible for:

  • University Fellowship
  • Graduate Enrichment Fellowship