The Beth Ray ARCS Foundation Scholar Award is provided through the ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter and funded by contributions from former OSU President, Ed Ray and the Graduate School. The ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding students who are U.S. citizens studying to complete PhD degrees in science, engineering, math, technology and medical research at Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.

Nominees for this award must be newly admitted doctoral students for fall 2021, domestic graduate students, and pursuing degrees in OSU in any of the ARCS-supported graduate programs.

Award Details

The Beth Ray ARCS Foundation Oregon Scholar Award is $18,000, payable over three years at $6,000 per year. The scholarship will be disbursed in October each year as a direct payment. As an unrestricted award, funds may be used in any way that advances the nominee’s research. This award may be offered in addition to a graduate assistantship or fellowship.

This specific ARCS award, The Beth Ray ARCS Foundation Oregon Scholar Award, is awarded every three years with fall 2021 marking its inaugural offering. Awards will be determined by the Graduate School Dean.


  • Nominee must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Nominee must have been regularly admitted or recommended for graduate study through the domestic student application for the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Nominee must have a minimum entering cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5.
  • Nominee must be a newly admitted doctoral student for fall 2021 in any of the ARCS-supported graduate programs outlined on the ARCS webpage, here.
  • Nominee must be enrolled for at least nine graduate credits each term (fall, winter, spring) during each of the three consecutive funding years to receive the award.
  • Nominees in graduate programs that are newly eligible as ARCS-approved or that have historically have not had an ARCS Scholar, but are eligible for funding as determined by ARCS, will be given preference in the selection process.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Quality of the nomination letter and the student’s university application materials in addressing:
    • The nominee’s previous academic success
    • The nominee’s scholarly potential
    • The nominee’s commitment, persistence, and leadership
    • The nominee’s life experiences and background

Nomination Period

The nomination period begins on January 11, 2021. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., February 8, 2021. Awards will be announced by mid-March 2021.

Nomination Procedure

Each of the eligible ARCS approved OSU colleges may nominate no more than one nominee (total) per award cycle. Those colleges, and their accompanying ARCS-eligible programs are:

  • College of Agricultural Sciences
    • Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering
    • Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
    • Department of Crop and Soil Science
    • Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
    • Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
    • Department of Food Science and Technology
    • Department of Horticulture
    • Department of Microbiology
  • College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
  • College of Engineering
    • School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering
    • School of Civil and Construction Engineering
    • School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    • School of Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
    • Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • College of Forestry
  • College of Pharmacy
    • Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • College of Science
    • Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Microbiology
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Statistics
    • Department of Integrative Biology (Zoology)
  • Graduate School
    • Program in Water Resources Engineering

Nominations may be submitted by the nominee's graduate program director, department chair/head or appropriate college leadership. Students may not apply directly for this award.

In the online nomination form, nominators will be required to prepare/upload the following materials as one PDF document using the following file name convention:
"Nominee's Last Name_Department_BethRayARCS.pdf", and upload it through the nomination form.

  1. A nominating letter from college leadership or the nominee’s major professor, unit chair/head addressing the following:
    • The nominee’s previous academic success, academic performance, and the potential to grow and succeed.
      This can be demonstrated by a combination of possible indicators including, but not limited to, prior coursework, degrees, and institutions of higher education; honors, awards, scholarships, or other academic distinctions; skills and aptitudes that would support academic success such as motivation, persistence, self-direction, planning, organization, and initiative.
    • The nominee’s scholarly potential and the potential to grow and succeed.
      This can be demonstrated by a combination of these possible indicators including, but not limited to, scholarly activity at previous institution(s) or employment; scholarly engagement in volunteer or service activities, membership in professional organizations, and research endeavors; the nominee’s skills and aptitudes that support scholarly activity.
    • The nominee’s commitment, persistence, and leadership including personal resolve, dedication, and initiative.
      This can be demonstrated by a combination of indicators including, but not limited to, progression of academic performance over time and contextual factors; extracurricular involvement including the diversity of activities, duration and type of involvement, and growth in leadership; community service or volunteerism; quality and impact of leadership role(s); personal hardships or obstacles encountered and evidence of resilience.
    • The nominee’s life experiences and background including the diversity and richness of an individual’s background and the value those bring to the academic context.
      This can be demonstrated by a combination of indicators including, but not limited to, previous institution(s) attended; previous participation in educational or scholarly programs; previous work experiences; special talents or skills; identity status, including, but not limited to, those that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education; cross-cultural experiences and opportunities for meaningful engagement with those different from self.
  2. A complete copy of all materials submitted by the nominee as provided through the Graduate School application.

Nomination Form

Submit a nomination


For questions about this award or any Graduate School administered awards, please contact our Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships team