University Scholars Program Application Process and Deadlines

To be considered for one of the USP scholarship programs, students must complete the following: 

  • Complete the OSU admission application prior to the February 1st application deadline
  • Complete the all scholarship questions, the insight resume, and indicate you are interested in OSU scholarships on the admission application
  • Submit transcripts and official test scores prior to February 13th deadline (for those who applied by Feb. 1) - updated scores and transcripts after will not be considered for scholarship awarding.

Competitive Scholarship Opportunities for Oregon Residents

Presidential Scholarship

As part of Oregon State University’s commitment to excellence, the Presidential Scholarship is the most distinguished and competitive of the academic awards offered. Presidential scholars are service driven, high achieving leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to these ideals. The award amount is $10,000 per year (up to four years). To be considered for the Presidential Scholarship Competition, you must be a current Oregon high school senior, have a minimum 3.85 un-weighted GPA, and a minimum score of 1900 SAT or 29 ACT. In addition, applicants are evaluated on their scholarship application and insight resume responses.

Academic Achievement Award

The Academic Achievement Scholarship is awarded to Oregon residents who demonstrate a high level of academic achievement and dedication to their educational pursuits. They exemplify the high standards Oregon State has set for our future leaders. The award amount varies from $2,000 to $3,500 per year (up to four years). To be considered for the Academic Achievement Scholarship competition, you must be an Oregon resident. Entering freshman must have a minimum 3.85 un-weighted GPA or a minimum score of 1800 SAT or 26 ACT. Transfer students must have a minimum 3.75 GPA and 36 plus college credit hours. In addition, applicants are evaluated on their scholarship application and insight resume responses.

Diversity Achievement Award

At Oregon State University we define diversity as seeking and realizing the richness of human difference and academic excellence. As part of Oregon State’s commitment to excellence and diversity we award the Diversity Achievement Scholarship to outstanding Oregon residents. The award amount varies from $1,000 to $2,000 per year (up to four years). To be considered for the Diversity Achievement Scholarship Competition, you must be an Oregon resident. Entering freshman or transfer students must have a minimum 3.25 un-weighted GPA and meet at least one of the following criteria; member of an underserved student population or shows demonstrated financial need as defined by federal guidelines or have a documented disability. In addition, applicants are evaluated on their scholarship application and insight resume responses 

Competitive Scholarship Opportunities for Out of State Residents

Provost Scholarship

As part of Oregon State University’s commitment to excellence, the Provost Scholarship is the most distinguished of academic awards offered to Non-Residents. Those chosen exemplify the high standards Oregon State has set for our future leaders. The award amount varies from $4,000 to $7,000 per year (up to four years). To be considered for the Provost Scholarship Competition, you must be an Out of State Resident. Entering freshman have a minimum 3.75 un-weighted GPA or a minimum score of 1800 SAT or 26 ACT. Transfer students must have a minimum 3.75 GPA and 36 plus college credit hours. In addition, applicants are evaluated on their scholarship application and insight resume responses.

Tuition Grant Scholarship

At Oregon State University we seek out variety of perspectives, experiences, and academic excellence. This scholarship is awarded to incoming Out of State Residents. The award amount varies from $2,000 to $3,000 per year (up to four years). To be considered for the Tuition Grant Scholarship Competition, you must be an Out of State resident. Entering freshman and transfer students have a minimum 3.0 un-weighted GPA. In addition, applicants are evaluated on their scholarship application and insight resume responses.

Other Competitive Scholarship Opportunities

National Merit Scholarship

OSU participates with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to award merit-based scholarships to high school seniors. Students selected as finalists in the College-Sponsored program, who list Oregon State as their “first choice” school on the NMSC application, are eligible to receive a $2,000 per year stipend, renewable for up to four years with specific renewal requirements to be met by the recipient. Qualified finalists must apply for admission by February 1st.

IB Diploma Scholarship

Students participating in an IB Diploma program at their high school may qualify for the IB Diploma Scholarship. The award amount is for $3000 per year (up to four years). To be considered for the IB Diploma Scholarship you must be an entering Freshman, have a total IB exam score of 30 or higher, and apply by February 1st. Offers are sent in July when scores are available.

Oregon State Departmental Scholarships

Some scholarship opportunities are available for freshman and transfer students within their college or major. Each department administers their own scholarships, sets deadlines, posts and reviews applications, and awards based on their established criteria. Exploring your options couldn’t be easier! Visit the Oregon State Scholarship Database. Enter specific criteria or do a general search to see the opportunities available to you. Each scholarship hit will provide you with the name of the scholarship and criteria for award. Click on the hyperlinked scholarship name for information on applying and the managing entity that can provide additional information.

Scholarships for Global Study

Oregon State University recognizes the value of international perspectives in its mission to promote economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for people across Oregon, the nation and the world. The opportunity to study abroad or participate in an international internship can be a chance to gain new perspectives and skills to help you with your studies and inspire you to be a global citizen. Not only can Oregon State scholarships and financial aid be used to help fund your study abroad experience, and many program providers as well as colleges offer additional scholarships for international study or internships. Many students also take advantage of prestigious national scholarship opportunities to fund their time abroad. Visit the International Programs website for more information!

Scholarship resources and information

Who is the USP coordinator and what do they do?

The University Scholars Program is administered through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. If you have questions or concerns, please write or e-mail Kirk Lind, USP Coordinator. You may also call to set up an appointment at (541) 737-1125. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

What is my role at OSU as a scholarship recipient?

As one of approximately 4,000 USP scholars on campus, members of the university and extended community look upon you as role models. Your role as a scholar at OSU goes beyond the classroom, the laboratory, the art studio or the research library. Your role as a student leader extends to the University social life; to the OSU and Corvallis communities as well as your community back home. Students planning international study will be ambassadors far beyond OSU’s borders, and your presence abroad can have a significant global impact. You will represent the University in a wide variety of situations, some formal, and others informal, on a day-to-day basis. How you carry out your role will shape how people, both inside and outside the university community, view OSU and our record of academic excellence. The University has great confidence in your ability to support this important mission. Based on the past history of our undergraduate scholars, we believe that you are capable of taking on this role, and will do an outstanding job.

What are the requirements to renew my scholarship?

All awards are renewable for four years, or up to 12 terms of undergraduate work towards a bachelor’s degree. Each award has its own renewal requirement. You must meet both the GPA and credit hour minimum each year to continue your scholarship. Please note that Advanced Placement (AP) and/or transfer credits will not be counted toward the GPA or credit requirements, unless you are enrolled in the dual-partnership program.  You must also maintain continuous full-time enrollment at OSU for fall, winter, and spring terms. If you believe you are unable to meet these requirements, you are required to contact the USP coordinator as soon as possible. You are ultimately responsible to monitor your own progress to assure scholarship renewal requirements are met.

 

Award Min OSU GPA Min Term Credits Min Annual Credits
Presidential Scholarship 3.0 GPA 15 credits 45 credits
Provost Scholarship 3.0 GPA 15 credits 45 credits
Academic Achievement 3.0 GPA 12 credits 36 credits
Diversity Achievement 2.5 GPA 12 credits 36 credits
Tuition Grant Scholarship 2.5 GPA 12 credits 36 credits

 

Students will be notified, by e-mail, if they are not on track at the end of each term and at the end of the academic year to confirm scholarship renewal status for the following year.