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Diversity Commitment Scholarship / David S. Brody Memorial Scholarship

At Western Oregon University, we believe a diverse campus community will improve 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 and with unique talents, interests and life experiences.

In order to be considered for this award,

you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Awarded to high school seniors and transfer students
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • New Freshmen Only: Meet freshmen admission requirements
  • Transfer Only: Complete a minimum of 24 transferable credits and meet transfer admission requirements
  • Scholarships are $4,000 per year
  • Renewable for up to four years for new freshmen and up to two years for transfer students

Continuing WOU students are not eligible to apply for this scholarship. Continuing WOU students should apply for scholarships using the WOU General Scholarship Application available at www.wou.edu/scholarships.


New Freshmen Applicants: February 26th, 2016 by 5PM.

New Transfer Applicants: February 26th, 2016 by 5PM.


Off-Campus Scholarships

The following is a list of off-campus scholarships. For additional information on these scholarships, please check

the websites listed. The MSSP Office does not have any additional information.

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the deadlines have passed, but we will update when the new applications

are available. Again, we would refer you to the websites for more accurate information.

For additional State and Private Scholarships Click here.


Accounting Scholarships


Application Deadline: Varies by scholarship

Amount of Each Scholarship: $500-$12,000

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be an Accounting major
  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate students
  • Must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Underrepresented Population

Requirements vary between scholarships

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship


Application Deadline: 5/2/2014

Amount of Each Scholarship: $2,000-$4,000

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be Black/African American or Hispanic and Native North American.

  • Must be studying full-time undergraduate or graduate student.

  • Must be pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the Actuarial Profession.

Equity Foundation Scholarships


Application Deadline: July 31, 2016

Amount of Scholarship: Varies by scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered or the child of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered parent(s);

  • Students in Oregon and Southwest Washington; in need of financial assistance and able to provide clear financial need statements;

  • Be accepted for enrollment or enrolled in an accredited educational program beyond the secondary level which has an established non-discrimination policy that includes sexual and gender minority groups;

  • Able to provide supporting evidence to prove they are capable of successfully completing a degree program.

American Chemical Society Scholarship

American Chemical Society Scholarship


Deadline: March 1, 2016

Total Scholarship Funds: Varies

Amount of each Scholarship $2500-$5000 per year

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be entering fields of chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering.

  • Must be African American, Hispanic, and American Indian students.

  • Strong academic records and show interest in chemical careers.

  • Not eligible if intending to pursue careers in medicine.

  • Must be a graduating high school senior or college freshmen, sophomore or junior

Guide to Financial Aid for Hispanic Students



Application deadline: Varies by scholarship

Amount of Scholarship: Varies

Elgibility Criteria:

  • Eligibility varies by scholarship

  • Hispanic, first generation, immigrant, low-income in Business, Computer Science, Education and Teaching, Engineering, Math, Nursing, and Sciences major.

AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students

Application deadline: Postmarked by April 1st 2016
Total Scholarship Funds:14,6 Million
Amount of each Scholarship:$1,500-$5,000
Eligibility Criteria:

  • an underrepresented minority in the accounting profession (e.g., Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino, Native American or Asian American).

  • enrolled as a full‐time undergraduate student (12 semester hours or equivalent) or graduate student (9 semester hours or equivalent). Exceptions are made for students completing their final semesters of study.

  • completed at least 30 semester hours (or equivalent) of college coursework, including at least 6 semester hours (or equivalent) in accounting.

Undergraduate level:

  • must be a declared accounting major.

  • Graduate Student Criteria:

  • must have been accepted to a masters level accounting, finance, taxation or other related masters program for the 2011-2012 academic year.

  • maintained a minimum of 3.3 GPA (both cumulative and in major courses).

  • plan on pursuing the CPA credential.

  • enrolled in a regionally accredited, public or private, 501 ©(3), four year college or university located in the United States for the 2011-2012 academic year.

  • a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder).


Coca-Cola Scholars Program

Application Deadline:Oct 31, 2016 must be senior year in high school
Total Scholarship Funds: Varies
Amount of each Scholarship: Varies
Eligibility Criteria:

  • CURRENT high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States.

  • U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Temporary Residents (in a legalization program), Refugees, Asylums, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees.

  • anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application.

  • planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution.

  • carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.

The Gates Millennium Scholar Program

Application Deadline: Online by January 14th 2016
Total Scholarship Fund: Varies
Amount of Each Scholarship: Varies
Eligibility Criteria:

  • African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American.

    Citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States.

  • Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED.

  • Will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located, accredited college or university in the fall of 2011 as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student (with the exception of students pursuing a high school diploma while concurrently enrolled). First-time college enrollees can also be GED recipients.

  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities.

  • Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria.

  • Have completed and submitted all three required forms: the student’s application (Nominee Personal Information Form), an evaluation of the student’s academic record (Nominator Form) and an evaluation of the student’s community service and leadership activities (Recommender Form) by the deadline.

Herbert Lehman Education Fund

Application Deadline: Postmarked by March 31, 2016
Total Scholarship Fund: Varies
Amount of each Scholarship: Varies
Eligibility Criteria:

  • Lehman Scholarship candidates must be of excellent character and be able to present strong academic records, test scores, and personal essays.  A candidate must have a demonstrable record of community and school involvement that reveals exceptional leadership potential with a capacity to work well in diverse settings.  Moreover, she/he must provide strong recommendations from teachers, community representatives, or employers.

Ron Brown Scholarship (High School Seniors Only)

Application Deadline:January 9th, 2016
November 1st – application will be considered for the Ron Brown Scholar Program AND forwarded to a select and limited number of additional scholarship providers.
January 9th – final postmarked deadline in order to be considered for only the Ron Brown Scholar Program ONLY.
Total Scholarship Fund: Varies
Amount of each scholarship:$10,000 annually (up to $40,000)
Eligibility Criteria:

  • The recipients may use the renewable scholarships to attend an accredited four-year college or university of their choice within the United States. Ron Brown Scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline. More than 250 students have been designated as Ron Brown Scholars since the inception of the Program.

  • Current college students are not eligible to apply.

National Association of Black Journalists

Application Deadline: March 21, 2016
Amount of Each Scholarship:$2,500
Eligibility Criteria:

  • All applicants must be a student member of NABJ.

  • All applicants must be a journalism major or pursuing a career in journalism.

  • All applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and have at least one year of school remaining. Awards will be granted for the 2010-2011 school year.

  • Previous NABJ scholarship winners are not eligible to reapply.

  • Some awards include additional requirements. See individual award descriptions.

National Black Police Association

Application Deadline: May 16, 2016
Total Scholarship Fund: Varies
Amount of Each Scholarship: Varies
Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a senior in high school.

  • Applicant must be a United States citizen.

  • Applicant must be of good character.

  • Applicant must have a recommendation from his/her principal, counselor, or teacher.

  • A current high school transcript and picture must be submitted with the application.

  • Applicant is permitted to attend a two year college or university of their choice.

  • Applicant must have a letter of acceptance to a college or university with applicant prior to date of award.

The UNFC Merck Science Initiative awards scholarships

Application Deadline: November 6, 2016
Total Scholarship Fund: Varies
Amount of Each Scholarship:$5,000-$30,000
Eligibility Criteria:

  • African American (Black).

  • Enrolled full-time in any four-year college or university in the United States.

  • A junior who will be a B.S. or B.A. degree candidate in the 2011-2012 academic year.

  • A life sciences, physical sciences, or engineering major. (Applicants majoring in the physical sciences must have completed two semesters of organic chemistry by the end of the 2010-11 academic year). First professional (Pharm.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., etc.) majors are ineligible.

  • A student with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Committed to and eligible for the summer internship at a Merck facility.

  • A citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

2014 HMC Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 31, 2016
Total Scholarship Fund: Varies
Amount of each Scholarship: Varies
Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant must be of Hispanic ancestry, residing in Oregon or Clark County, Washington.

  • Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA as evidenced by a certified high school or college transcript.

  • Applicant must be enrolled by September 2011 in an accredited Community College, 4-year University or an accredited Graduate Degree Program.

Hispanic College Fund

Application Deadline: March 9, 2016
Total Scholarship Funds: $1 million
Amount of Each Scholarship: $500-$10,000

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be Hispanic or of Hispanic descent

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico

  • Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year

  • Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student for the upcoming academic year

  • Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

  • Student must demonstrate financial need

Sodexho Scholarship Program


Application Deadline: December 5, 2016
Total Scholarship Funds: $90,000
Amount of Each Scholarship: $500-$5,000

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be Hispanic or of Hispanic descent

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States

  • Must be an undergraduate studying full-time in the United States or Puerto Rico for the 2010-2011 academic year

  • Must have a minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

  • Must demonstrate financial need

  • Must be committed to alleviating hunger and poverty in the United States

Minority Scholarship


Application Deadline: February 7, 2016
Total Scholarship Funds:
Amount of Each Scholarship: $2000

Through the generosity of corporate and individual donors, the APS is able to offer the APS Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors

Eligibility Requirements

  • Any African-American, Hispanic American, or Native American U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is majoring or planning to major in physics, and who is a high school senior, college freshman, or sophomore is eligible to apply for the scholarship.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation


Application Deadline: February 15th, 2016

Amount of each scholarship: $7,500

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a graduating, minority high school senior;

  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four–year institution within the United States;

  • Show leadership potential;

  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service;

  • Present evidence of financial need;

  • Be a United States citizen;

  • A minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21; and

  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4–year College when applying for the scholarship.



Application Deadline: Postmarked annually by July 1st
Total Scholarship Funds:
Amount of Each Scholarship: $2,000 a year for three years

Purpose: To provide financial support to a deserving student with a history of migrating for employment in agriculture who has successfully completed at least one year of college. This support will cover expenses beyond that which the youth receives through federal, state and other scholarship assistance. The scholarship is designed to assist the youth in obtaining a baccalaureate degree without being encumbered with substantial debt.


  • Recent history of movement for agricultural employment

  • Scholastic achievement

  • Financial neeed

  • Successful completion of at least one year at an accredited post-secondary institution

Lagrant Foundation funding dreams in to reality
Scholarship Criteria for Undergraduates


Application Deadline:  Feb 27, 2016
Total Scholarship Funds:
Amount of Each Scholarship: $2,000 a year for three years

Undergraduate (current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors ONLY!) applicants meeting the following criteria and completing the application will be considered for THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION (TLF) scholarship:

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident and a member of one of the following ethnic groups: African American, Asian Pacific American, Hispanic or Native American/Alaska Native.

  • Applicant must be a full-time student at a four-year, accredited institution, carrying a total of 12 units or more per semester/quarter.  Applicant must have a minimum of 2.75 GPA* and MUST major in a field of study that has an emphasis on public relations, marketing or advertising or must minor in communications with desire to pursue a career in public relations, marketing or advertising.

Straight Forward Minority Scholarship program


Application Deadline: September 30, 2016
Offer four scholarships a year exclusively to college students (and soon-to-be college students) who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups. StraightForward Media is committed to creating educational opportunities for those to whom traditional opportunities have been closed in the past.

Eligibility requirements for the Minority Scholarships is wide open. Our scholarships are open to current and prospective students at community colleges, universities, technical/vocational schools, and continuing education programs.

Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship


Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

Total Scholarship Funds:

Amount of Each Scholarship: $1,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a child of migrant worker or migrant worker (priority will be given to those with mobility in the last 3 years)

  • Must have teaching as a career goal

  • Must demonstrate scholastic achievement

  • Must have financial need

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship


Application Deadline: February 20, 2016

Total Scholarship Funds: $24,000

Amount of Each Scholarship: $6000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be legal permanent resident or U.S. citizen

  • Must be full time or part time upper division undergraduate or graduate student in public administration governmental accounting, finance, political science ,economics, or business administration with a specific on government or non profit management

  • Must belong to one of the following groups (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau): Black or African American, American Indian or Alaskan native, Asian native, Hawaiian or other pacific islander, Hispanic or Latino

  • The award is not need based and if funded by Microsoft

Charles B Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship


Application Deadline: October 14, 2016

Total Scholarship Funds:

Amount of Each Scholarship: up to $28000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • minimum GPA 3.20

  • must be U.S. citizen

  • minority students encouraged to apply

  • must be a senior year of undergraduate study or have complete undergraduate degree and be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall for a 2 year program

  • community, academic, other extracurricular ,and leadership activities will be considered

Howard Vollum American Indian Scholarship


Application Deadline: March 1, 2016

Total Scholarship Funds:

Amount of Each Scholarship:$3,000 per year, up to 5 years of undergraduate study and 2 years of graduate study

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Native American residents of Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties

  • individuals seeking post-secondary education or training in science, technology, engineering or mathematics

  • open to students with a Certification of tribal enrollment or decedents of enrolled members

  • preference given to students who have a demonstrated commitment to and involvement in the Native American

  • community

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