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Scholarships are gifts. They don’t need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.



Incoming Students

Presidential 15-16 Scholarship (Graduating High School Seniors Only)

Awards are renewable for up to four years and amounts vary from $1,500 to $5,500 per year (determined by GPA and ACT or SAT score)

  • Minimum 3.40 High School GPA
  • Minimum 21 ACT or 1000 SAT composite (combined critical reading and math sections)
  • 2015 High School Graduates must complete a minimum of three college preparatory units with a C- or better in their senior year
  • Recipients at all award levels are eligible to receive a reward of $250 the following academic year if they complete 45 credits with a 3.0 GPA at WOU

Apply — WOU Undergraduate Admissions Application (no separate application)

Deadline — February 26, 2016

Provost Transfer Scholarship (Transfer Students Only)

  • Awarded to new transfer students
  • Minimum 3.5 transferable GPA
  • Amount is $1,500 per year
  • Scholarships are renewable for a total of two years

Apply — WOU Undergraduate Admissions Application (no separate application)

Deadline — February 26, 2016

International Baccalaureate Scholarship

  • Awarded to incoming freshman completing full international baccalaureate diploma
  • Minimum score 30 or higher
  • Amount is $2,500 per year
  • Scholarships are renewable for a total of four years

Apply — WOU Undergraduate Admissions Application (no separate application)

Deadline — February 26, 2016


Diversity Commitment / David S. Brody Scholarship

At Western Oregon University, we believe a diverse campus community improves the overall quality of education our students receive by offering a mix of experiences, opinions, and viewpoints.  We are committed to recognizing and supporting outstanding students from diverse cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds, with unique talents, interests, and life experiences.

  • Awarded to high school senior and new transfer students
  • Scholarships are $4,000 per year
  • Renewable for up to four years for new freshmen and up to two years for transfer students

Deadline — February 26, 2015


ASPIRE High School Partnership Award

$500 nonrenewable scholarship awarded to selected incoming freshman nominated by their high school ASPIRE program. Each ASPIRE program is limited to 2 nominations each year.

  • $500 nonrenewable scholarship
  • Must register and complete at least 12 credits per term
  • Must be nominated by qualifying ASPIRE coordinator

Deadline — February 26, 2015

All Students

WOU Foundation Scholarships

Complete the WOU General Scholarship Application to be considered for over 100 different WOU scholarship programs, including scholarships from institutional funds and private donors through the WOU Foundation.  Selection criteria vary by scholarship, but generally include academic merit, extracurricular activities, and overall quality of application.  Financial need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is an additional factor for some scholarships.

  • Incoming Student Application deadline is February 26, 2016 
  • Current Student Application deadline is April 15, 2016 

Note: Students are encouraged to begin the scholarship application prior to the deadline to allow time for processing and potential technical difficulties. The availability for last-minute technical assistance may not make it possible for students applying only days or hours before the deadline to submit a quality scholarship application.


Undergraduate Department Scholarships

Western Oregon University awards undergraduate scholarship opportunities in certain departments.  Current programs are listed below.  Students are advised to contact the department directly for specific award details and application procedures.

Graduate Department Scholarships

Western Oregon University awards graduate scholarship opportunities in certain departments.  Current programs are listed below.  Students are advised to contact the department directly for specific award details and application procedures.

  • Abby’s House: 503-838-8219
  • History – Dr. Kimberly Jensen, 503-838-8318
  • Music –  Kevin Walczyk, 503-838-8274
  • Masters of Science in Education (Information Technology) – Bill Hamlin, 503-838-8704
  • Masters of Art in Teaching (Math/Science) – Dr. Rachel Harrington, 503-838-8831
  • Special Education (Bilingual) – Dr. Mickey Pardew, 503-838-8765


Athletic Scholarships

Western Oregon University awards athletic scholarships to exceptional student athletes in all of the official WOU sports within NCAA II guidelines.  For more information regarding athletic scholarships, contact the Department of Athletics at (503) 838-8252 or the head coach of the sport.



State and Private Scholarships

A number of state and private organizations offer scholarships and awards.  We encourage you to check with businesses, churches, and civic organizations.  The Financial Aid Office has also compiled a list of private scholarship information and resources for undergraduate and graduate students.


OSAC Scholarship Application

The Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC) awards over $118 million in grants and scholarships funding to Oregon residents each year. The OSAC Scholarship Application provides access to more than 450 scholarships and grants. In recent years, nearly one-third of WOU students who applied were awarded a scholarship by OSAC.  The OSAC Scholarship Application deadline is March 1, 2014, with an Early Bird deadline of February 15, 2014.

Voyager Veteran Award

With this program, members of the Oregon National Guard and Reserves who have been deployed in a combat zone since September 11, 2001 may receive an award to help cover the cost of tuition and fees.


Oregon PTA Teacher Education

Each year Oregon PTA awards a limited number of tuition scholarships to high school seniors or college students who are Oregon residents who want to teach in Oregon at an elementary or secondary school. The scholarship may be used at any Oregon public college or university that trains teachers or that transfers credits in education.


The Gates Millennium Scholars Program

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice.


Mercer Family Foundation

The Mercer Family Foundation provides scholarships of up to $7,500 for qualified declared math or physics majors who are attending one of seven Oregon universities:

  • University of Oregon
  • Oregon State University
  • Portland State University
  • Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Eastern Oregon University
  • Southern Oregon University
  • Western Oregon University

If you have declared your major in either math or physics and will be a junior or senior at one of the above universities during the 2015-2016 Academic Year, you are invited to apply for this scholarship using the application form provided. We expect to award the scholarships by late Spring 2015.


Point Foundation

Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGTBQ) students of merit. Individuals are eligible to apply if they are enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate program beginning or continuing in the fall of 2015. Point promotes change through education, mentorship, leadership development and community service training, and provides its scholars with the financial ability to attend the nation’s foremost higher educational institutions.


Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants Scholarship

Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed.
The winner(s) of this annual scholarship will receive their award within 2 weeks of the listed deadline. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions.


Sister Adele Memorial Scholarship

The Sister Adele Memorial Scholarship Fund was named after Sister Adele Mansfield, O.S.B. of the Queen of Angels Monastery, Mt. Angel, Oregon. Its purpose is to encourage and provide individuals of farmworker families that live in Oregon with the opportunity to further their academic or technical education.


Tillamook County Master Gardener Association

The Tillamook County Master Gardeners Association (TCMGA) is offering an academic scholarship for at least $1,000 to students who are attending or are graduates of a Tillamook County high school or have a current Tillamook County residency of at least two years. High school seniors, college students, and non-traditional students seeking higher education are eligible. Preference will be given to students with majors in the life sciences. However, all interested students are encouraged to apply.


Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber

Since 1996, the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber has awarded more than $1,090,000 in scholarships.


Salem Hospital Scholarships

Scholarships are granted by the Salem Hospital Auxiliary, the Salem Hospital Foundation, and the West Valley Hospital Foundation for students pursuing a degree in a medically related field.


Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center Auxiliary

These scholarships and loan repayments are awarded by Legacy’s Foundations and Volunteer Auxiliaries. We’re pleased to offer this support, but the specific eligibility guidelines must be followed. Please read the guidelines for each scholarship carefully. We’re sorry, but Legacy scholarships are not available for students who don’t meet the requirements for school, geographic residence or other criteria. Most scholarships are awarded to students living in Legacy’s service area who are entering college and plan a career in health care, and some include invaluable on-the-job experience during the summer months.


Oregon Medical Education Foundation (OMEF)

The Oregon Medical Education Foundation invites Linn and Benton County high school seniors seeking a career in medicine (MD or DO degree) or nursing, and graduates currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning whose undergraduate or graduate pursuit is a degree in medicine (MD or DO degree) or nursing, to apply for the Linn-Benton County Scholarship. The scholarship was developed from an endowment from the Linn and Benton County Medical Societies.

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Sigma Chapter of Alpha Rho State (Oregon) Honorary Women Educators

Sigma Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is offering a grant-in-aid of $250 to $500 to a woman student from Crook, Deschutes, or Jefferson counties majoring in the field of education who have finished at least two years of college.

Questions regarding the scholarship can be directed to:

Karen Spencer

2660 NE Hwy 20 Ste. 610-117

Bend, OR 97701.

Oregon Association of Broadcasters

The OAB Foundation is offering a minimum of $12,000 in scholarships for Oregon resident students who are majoring in Broadcast Journalism, Production, Management, and/or other broadcast-related studies at any eligible college or university.


Oregon Native American Chamber Scholarship

The Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC) is dedicated to working with all members of the community to advance the educational and economic opportunity for Native Americans in Oregon and Southwest Washington. ONAC promotes and supports the education, training and cultural understanding of Native Americans


Portland CMFA Scholarship

  • Award scholarships to high-achieving students with majors in accounting or finance
  • Increase student awareness of CFMA and careers in the construction industry
  • Promote education for employees of member firms who are pursuing accounting or finance degrees


WUE Students

Your State’s Scholarship Opportunities

Alaska Government Finance Officers Association

The Alaska Government Finance Officers Association (AGFOA) annually offers three scholarships to college students preparing for a career in state and local government finances.

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must meet Alaska residency as defined by AS 01.l0.055
  • Must have junior or senior level standing during the year in which the scholarship will be received
  • Must provide evidence of grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Must have declared pursuit of a Business degree in the area of a
    financial management, risk management, auditing or banking


National Scholarship Programs

A Place for Mom Scholarship

  • The annual scholarship award is for five (5) students enrolled in an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or graduate level program in the fields of gerontology, long term care administration, social work, medicine, nursing, or sociology at an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university.
  • Award amount $1,000

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc.

The mission of the CHCI Scholarship program is to provide critical financial assistance that will increase graduation rates among Latino students in post-secondary education. In order to be eligible students must be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student, demonstrate financial need, active participation in public and/or community service activities, and a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full time without restriction (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival or DREAMers).

Gloria Mattera National Migrant Scholarship Fund

To assist financially those migrant farmworker youth who have the potential and desire to further their education to achieve their personal and career goals.


Foster Youth:

Veteran Non-Resident Tuition Remission

To qualify for the remission, the nonresident veteran must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and was relieved or discharged from that service under honorable conditions as defined by ORS 408.225 and as shown on the student’s DD-214.



MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide

MALDEF (Mexican Legal Defense and Educational Fund) has developed a Scholarship Resource Guide to support high school, college, and graduate students in their attainment of a higher education. This is a free, informative resource guide for students, parents, and educators.

Download the MALDEF’s Scholarship Resource Guide






The Attorney General of the State of Oregon and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission have both issued warnings and taken action against companies that “guarantee” scholarships to families for using for-a-fee scholarship search services. State and federal authorities remind families that using the word “guarantee” in promotional materials is a questionable activity of scholarship search businesses.

Source: Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC)



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