Mission and purpose

Since its establishment in 1870, The Ohio State University has become one of the pre-eminent land-grant institutions in the nation. Our founding purpose, to offer an excellent education while elevating society through research, is as relevant today as it was almost 150 years ago — and continues to light our path forward.

With the creation of the President’s Prize, we honor that founding purpose and re-commit to our university motto of Education for Citizenship, which calls upon Buckeyes everywhere to advance causes greater than themselves.

Each year, two graduating seniors will be selected as President’s Prize scholars — the highest recognition Ohio State bestows on exceptional students committed to social change. Recipients are selected for the boldness of their ideas, their capacity to champion change and their commitment to the global community.

The President’s Prize at Ohio State — extensive in its reach and transformational in its effects — will address the most important and pressing issues of our time, harnessing the power and knowledge of Buckeye Nation for change.


Michael V. Drake, MD
President of The Ohio State University

<p>Michael V. Drake, MD</p>

What is the prize?

Each recipient will receive a $50,000 living stipend and up to $50,000 in startup funding to implement an innovative project to positively impact a local, national or global community. Each recipient also will receive access to an exclusive network of agents for change, the mentorship of accomplished experts and the opportunity to share innovative ideas with Ohio State’s global community of alumni, friends and partners. Candidates from all areas of study will be considered.

Key Dates


The application is currently closed. Stay tuned for updates or contact presidentsprize@osu.edu with questions.