Oregon State is committed to recruiting and retaining motivated, diverse, and driven students. In an effort to assist with the expenses involved in a high caliber education, incoming students are automatically considered for the following scholarships based on their application for admission and completion of the scholarship portion of the application at the time of admission and prior to the February 1 deadline.

To be considered for scholarship selection, entering freshman and transfer students must meet minimum criteria and complete the Application for Undergraduate Admission, which includes the scholarship application. Applicants are evaluated on their GPA, SAT or ACT scores, extracurricular and leadership activities, insight resume, strength of high school or college courses completed, and potential contribution to the educational goals of Oregon State University. Complete applications must be submitted by February 1st for most students planning to enter school the following fall term.  All scholarships are limited and awarded on a competitive basis. Award amounts vary based on the student’s overall competitive ranking and/or financial need.

 

Competitive Scholarship Opportunities for Oregon Residents

All Oregon students are reviewed for the following competitive scholarships and will be sent letters of offer after March 15th.

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. Each year about 10% of our incoming high school Oregon freshmen are chosen for the Presidential Scholarship. The award amount is $9000 per year (up to $36,000 maximum). To be considered for the Presidential Scholarship Competition, you must be a current Oregon high school senior, have a minimum3.85 unweighted 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 up to $3,500 per year for up to four years. To be considered for the Academic Achievement Scholarship Competition, you must be an Oregon resident. Entering Freshman have a minimum 3.75 unweighted 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 up to $2,000 per year for 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 unweighted GPA and meet at least one of the following criteria; member of an under served 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 is up to $7000 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 unweighted 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 is up to $3000 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 unweighted 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 1. .

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 at oregonstate.edu/scholarships. 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!

 

University Scholars Program

The University Scholars Program (USP) seeks to provide a diverse community of ambassadors committed to academic excellence, outreach and engagement, while providing opportunities to encourage our scholar’s involvement in special leadership and service options on campus and in the community, thus enhancing the complete educational experience and providing invaluable future career and personal growth opportunities. 

 

The University Scholars Program is designed to support student success, provide opportunities, and networking. Students receiving the Presidential, Provost’s, Academic Achievement, Diversity Achievement, National Merit and IB Awards are supported by the University Scholars Program. The OSU Scholars Program provides leadership and service opportunities to assist students to become familiar with the campus community, its resources, and activities. Scholars are encouraged to be involved in special leadership and service opportunities designed to enhance their personal and academic experience. The USP coordinator is available to meet with scholars regarding their progress, community service opportunities, elite scholarship opportunities, and campus concerns.

 

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 Jessica Abblitt, 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. Scholars may also get helpful information on the USP listserv. All scholars are required to subscribe by going to: http://lists.oregonstate.edu, and then enter “USP”, and follow the instructions to be added to the listserv.

How do I receive my scholarship?

Your award will be divided into three installments and credited each term to your University student billing account based upon full-time enrollment. You are expected to maintain continuous enrollment at Oregon State University.

What is my role at OSU as a scholarship recipient?

As one of approximately 4,400 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 should I do if I will not be enrolled for a term?

If you do not plan to attend OSU for a specific term (excluding summer) due to participation in an internship through your major department, National Student Exchange, or Study Abroad Program, or for extenuating circumstances, you must contact the USP coordinator to request a leave of absence. To retain your scholarship eligibility, an approved leave of absence must be on file prior to the term you will not be enrolled.

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.

Students will be notified, by e-mail, of their progress at the end of each term and at the end of the academic year to confirm scholarship renewal status for the following year.

 

Scholarship

Min OSU GPA

Min Term Credits

Min Annual Credits

Presidential

3.0 GPA

15 credits

45 credits

Provost's

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

What is University Scholars Student Association (USSA)?

USSA is an OSU student run organization, mostly comprised of USP scholars, but membership is open to all OSU students. This organization was formed to meet the need of uniting the student scholars at Oregon State University. USSA provides opportunities to develop leadership qualities, serve our community and school, conduct social events, publicize volunteer projects, and more. You are highly encouraged to become a member of USSA. To join just go to http://lists.oregonstate.edu and then enter “osussa” as the organization, and follow the given instructions to be added. You can also click here to visit their webpage.