Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life

Alumnae Scholarship Housing

  • Alumnae Scholarship Housing
    Alumnae Scholarship Housing


The Alumnae Scholarship Housing (ASH) program has offered a unique, cooperative-living and low-cost housing option for undergraduate women at the Ohio State University for more than 75 years.  Over one thousand women have participated in the ASH program, many of whom have been awarded advanced degrees in a variety of fields and are actively involved in fundraising or mentoring current students in the program. The cooperative housing community is the premiere environment for promoting leadership among women.

ASH aims to connect students with a variety of resources on campus while promoting individual growth and development. ASH women engage in regular community-based initiatives that foster cooperative spirit and have regular interactions with ASH alumni. The program consists of 49 women and is housed in Fechko, Hanley and Pomerene houses.


  • Family-like living experience for female residents and a live-in staff member
  • Reduced housing fee in exchange for the cooperative living experience in the ASH communities
  • Food is provided – a separate meal plan is not required
  • Each house chooses their menus based on needs of the women in the house
  • Opportunities for personal growth, development and exceptional character building
  • Opportunities for full and partial housing scholarships awarded at the end of the academic year by the ASH Alumni Society to returning members
  • Opportunities to interact and build strong connections with ASH alumnae and the ASH Alumnae Society
  • Regular interaction with university faculty and staff 
  • Active participation in the planning and management of the house

Signature Events

  • Coordinated Dinner Monday through Thursday
  • Annual Welcome Event with the ASH Alumni Society
  • Homecoming Parade Float
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
  • ASH Fall Break Educational Trip (4- year rotation between Chicago; New York; Philadelphia; & Washington, D.C.)
  • ASH Winter Formal
  • Women of the Year


  • Women share responsibility for planning menus, ordering supplies, preparing meals and housekeeping
  • Women contribute 5-8 hours per week (Please note, the work commitments do not in any way restrict residents from carrying full academic loads.)
  • Women are typically assigned dinner crew one night a week, a weekly chore, and a weekend chore
  • Residents must maintain a 2.8 cumulative GPA

 How to Apply (New Students)

  • Women interested in being considered for the ASH program must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the by 2018-2019 Application for Special Scholarships February 1, 2018 
  • Women are welcomed into the ASH Community based on a holistic review of academics and financial need
  • The ASH communities are limited to undergraduate students
  • Women invited to participate in ASH must complete a Residence Hall Contract from the Office of Housing Assignments and indicate on the contract their desire to live in ASH
  • Women offered admission to ASH will be required to submit an electronic confirmation to confirm their interest within two weeks of their offer from University Housing

How to Apply (Returning Students)

  • Current first-year students participating in ASH who wish to return must email Caleb Lesley ( by January 31, 2018 to indicate their interest in continuing with the program.
  • Current second and third year students participating in ASH who wish to return must respond to the link sent by the Office of University Housing to confirm they intend to live on-campus for the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Students who are not currently participating in ASH, but wish to be considered can email Caleb Lesley ( by January 31, 2018 to express their interest in joining the program.
  • In order to be eligible to participate in ASH, students must have a 2.8 cummulative GPA, complete the FAFSA by the February 1, 2018 deadline and be in good standing with all program requirements for ASH.