Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

J. Michael Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars

The J. Michael Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars (SWS) Program is specifically designed to help students better understand the career opportunities available in sport and wellness fields. Students will be able to identify specific interests for personal development and career choice. They will also become knowledgeable of what the future will demand from sport and wellness professional leaders by participating in this program.

Exploring the universal concept of sport and wellness will take the students on a journey of discovery. Out of the classroom learning opportunities include behind the scene views of the administration of sports and wellness events, services and facilities. Students will focus on developing relationships in a supportive environment with leaders in academia and in sport and wellness professions which allows for a perfect blend of academic preparation and practical application. Additionally, Scholars will explore the positive impact and unifying spirit that sport and wellness contribute to our world.

Graduates of the program will be well networked with sport and wellness professionals that include alumni of The Ohio State University and others who will provide them with a strong foundation for their career development.

How to Apply

The Sport and Wellness Scholars Program is selective, and you must apply to be considered. Successful candidates share a number of qualifications including a solid academic record, strong communication skills and significant participation in extracurricular and community activities. They also value diversity and interaction with individuals from other cultures.

Please note: Only new first semester freshmen who begin at Ohio State during the autumn semester are eligible to apply for the Scholars Programs. Apply now.


The Ohio State University has some of the strongest physical education, kinesiology, exercise science and sport management programs in the world. Our intercollegiate sports programs and facilities have long been among the very best nationwide. The university’s wellness programs for students and staff continue to serve as models for other institutions. This learning environment is a tremendous collaboration of academicians and practitioners that are here for YOU.

SWS program benefits include:

  • a supportive living-learning environment
  • personalized assistance with academics and career planning
  • increased interaction with faculty and staff
  • networking with local, state, national and international sport and wellness leaders and Ohio State alumni
  • exciting co-curricular programs designed exclusively for the Sports and Wellness Scholars
  • career exploration, student employment options and internships
  • community involvement
  • leadership development opportunities
  • exposure to cutting-edge sport and wellness sites and literature
  • the chance to develop a sport and wellness network that will last a lifetime
For more information

Contact Brendan Greisberger, assistant director