Through the generosity of many donors and university resources, UC offers scholarship awards to both undergraduate and graduate students. Many students are fortunate to receive awards from UC or from outside resources.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Cincinnatus Scholarship

The cornerstone scholarship program for incoming first-year students to the University of Cincinnati is the Cincinnatus Scholarship. The brightest and most promising prospective freshmen in all academic disciplines are selected to receive renewable awards totaling more than $22 million in University of Cincinnati four-year scholarships. 

FIRST Scholarship

To be eligible for consideration, the FIRST Scholarship Application as well as a complete admission application (accessible on the Common App) must be submitted by December 1, 2019. Only current high school seniors planning to enroll in college during fall semester 2020 will be considered for this award.

FIRST Scholarship Applications must be submitted electronically through this site.  Applications will not be accepted in other forms.  Up to 25 qualified students / FIRST participants will be selected for a one-time scholarship award of $2,000.

Scholarships will be awarded during each recipient’s freshman year and the award is not renewable.  Selection for this award will be competitive.  Student participation in an eligible FIRST program will be verified during the selection process. 

Students selected for the award must be offered admission to and enroll in a degree program offered through the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati in order to receive the award. 


Many students consider UC’s nationally renowned cooperative education program the “Ultimate Scholarship.” UC’s co-op experiences are paid, with engineering students making, on average, $15-25/hour. Over five co-op semesters, UC engineering students earn approximately $45,000-55,000 total co-op income. Our most recent graduates of the college earned a starting salary of $65,500/year. 

Other CEAS Scholarships

The College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) also awards college-based scholarships for incoming first-year students.     

To be considered for the above scholarships, incoming first-year students must complete their UC application for admission by December 1st of their senior year of high school.     

Current Student Scholarships

There are CEAS-based upper-level student scholarships available and students will be made aware of those by departments once they are past their first-year in CEAS.

Other Scholarships