Scholarships in varying amounts awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Meritorious domestic students may be considered for need-based awards only by completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the FAFSA deadline. All other students will be considered only on the basis of academic merit.

Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified students who are regularly admitted and in good standing in graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree programs, including eligible students at OSU Cascades campus, may be considered for scholarship awards. All nominees are expected to have meritorious records. Financial need is not to be determined by the academic program. Once the nomination pool is established, the Graduate School will award one half of program funds on the basis of merit only and one half on the basis of merit and need. All eligible students, international and domestic, may be considered in the merit-only pool. Only domestic students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and who qualify for financial assistance may be considered on the basis of merit and financial need.

Scholarship Award Levels:

Award amounts are variable but normally will not be more than $5,000 per year. Awards typically are made for a full academic year and are non-renewable. An award recipient may be eligible for re-nomination in subsequent years if otherwise academically qualified.

Selection Process:

The selection committee will be comprised of members of the Graduate Council, and will be asked to review and rate all nominees and make recommendations to the Graduate Dean for award decisions. Particular consideration will be given to nominations from departments/programs that provide the nominee with a concurrent graduate assistantship.

Approximately one-half of the available funds will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, and approximately one-half on the basis of financial need and merit.

“Academic merit” is determined by acceptance into a recognized OSU graduate or post-baccalaureate professional program, and by a record of scholarly achievement as demonstrated by grade point average, test scores on nationally recognized admissions tests, letters of recommendation, awards/honors, publications/presentations, demonstrated leadership, and other evidence of scholarly or creative activity.

“Financial need” will be determined in accordance with the federal guidelines established pursuant to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. Only domestic students who have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the coming academic year and have a demonstrated financial need will be considered under this category. Otherwise, they will be considered in the merit-only category.

Nomination Process:

Nominations must be submitted to the Graduate School by the department chair, head, graduate program director, or dean of the graduate or professional program in which the student is enrolled. Students are not to apply directly for scholarships. Departments are encouraged to nominate underrepresented students of color and women admitted to programs in which such underrepresentation exists.

Departments and programs may submit no more than 3 nominations in rank order and must provide complete nomination packets containing all required materials (see below). Incomplete nominations will not be reviewed.

Nomination Deadline:

Nominations must be received in the Graduate School no later than March 9, 2015, 5pm. Awards will be determined by April 13, 2015.

Nomination Form

  Students may not submit a nomination. Only department heads, program directors or their representatives, may submit nominations for this award.

  Departments and programs may submit no more than 3 nominations in rank order.

  Each nomination must include a complete document packet containing all materials listed below (including transcripts).

  1. A nominating letter from the graduate program director, department chair or head, or college dean
  2. Two additional letters of recommendation
  3. Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  4. Transcripts of all post-high school academic work, including current OSU graduate transcript if applicable. (Transcripts must be provided by the nominating department or graduate program.)
  5. GRE or other relevant test scores, if required by the program.