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


Qualified students who are regularly admitted and in good standing in graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree programs, including eligible students at OSU-Cascades, 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 approximately one-half of the available funds on the basis of academic merit, and approximately one-half on the basis of financial need and merit.

It is the Graduate School’s policy that when nominating current undergraduates for Graduate School awards, the nominees must:

  1. have submitted/completed an application for graduate admission (with the exception of transcripts and other documents that are not yet available), and
  2. be considered regularly admissible with respect to OSU’s minimum academic admissions requirements.

“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, 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.

Scholarship Details

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. The award will be prorated if enrollment is less than the full academic year. Programs are encouraged to nominate underrepresented students of color and women admitted to programs in which such underrepresentation exists.

Application Requirements

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

 Programs (as defined by university major codemay submit no more than 2 nominations in rank order. 

 Each nomination must include a complete document packet containing all materials listed below (including transcripts). Incomplete nominations will not be reviewed.

  1. A nominating letter from the graduate program director, department chair or head, or college dean
  2. Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  3. 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.)
  4. GRE or other relevant test scores, if required by the program.

Nomination Deadline

Nominations must be received in the Graduate School no later than 5pm on March 1, 2019. Awards will be determined by April 30, 2019.

Nomination Form

 Nominations are currently closed for this award.