Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life

Stadium Scholarship Program

  • Stadium Scholarship Program
    Stadium Scholarship Program



The Stadium Scholarship Program (SSP) is part of the William H. Hall Student Residential Complex, located in Scholars East and Scholars West. SSP, originally housed in the west side of Ohio Stadium, serves as a premiere cooperative living program at The Ohio State University. SSP has provided housing scholarships for students who demonstrate both strong academic achievement and financial need for over 80 years. As part of their cooperative living experience, students engage in a variety of activities, leadership development opportunities, and service projects.

A program steeped in tradition with a rich history, SSP supports students in their transition to college. SSP also connects students to valuable academic and personal resources on campus. Students participating in the Stadium Scholarship Program find an engaging community of peers and unique learning opportunities that complement their academic experience at Ohio State.


  • Reduced housing fee in exchange for active participation in the cooperative living program
  • Opportunities for personal growth, development and exceptional character building
  • Opportunities for additional leadership experiences with SSP
  • Strong sense of community and pride
  • Chances to pay it forward through community service experiences
  • Opportunities for housing scholarships awarded at the end of the academic year by the Stadium Scholarship Alumni Society to returning members
  • Consistent interaction with SSP alumni and the Stadium Scholarship Alumni Society
  • Regular interaction with university faculty and staff 
  • Active participation in the planning and execution of many community activities

Traditional Events

  • Welcome Event with the SSP Alumni Society at the Ohio Stadium
  • SSP Fall Break Cultural & Educational Trip (4- year rotation between Chicago; New York; Philadelphia; & Washington, D.C.)
  • Thanksgiving Dinner with SSP Alumni
  • Escapade – SSP Semi-Formal Dinner/Dance in the Ohio Stadium Huntington Club
  • End of the Year Celebration
  • Monthly Birthday Celebrations
  • “Donut” Procrastinate Study Sessions


  • Residents spend 15-20 hours per month engaged in SSP planning activities as part of a yearlong committee experience, attending events, and participating in community service projects (Please note – the requirements do not restrict residents from carrying full academic loads)
  • Committees include: Events; Explore Columbus; Food; Recognition; Scholarship; Service; Social; Student Alumni
  • Participation in 4 community service projects per semester
  • Completion of 15 study hours per semester (study sessions are held in libraries across campus as well as in Scholars East and Scholars West)
  • Residents must maintain a 2.8 cumulative GPA

To Apply (New Students)

  • Interested students can apply to SSP by completing the application located at by April 16, 2018 OR by indicating an interest on the 2018-2019 Application for Special Scholarships, which is due February 1, 2018.
  • Students with demonstrated financial need will be given preferences for admission to SSP.  Interested students should also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1, 2018.
  • Students invited to participate in SSP must complete a Residence Hall Contract from the Office of Housing Assignments and indicate on the contract their desire to live in SSP.

How to Apply (Returning Students)

  • Current first-year students participating in SSP 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 SSP 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 SSP, 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 SSP, 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 SSP.