The Graduate School invites nominations for the Oregon Lottery Graduate Scholarship. Funds for this scholarship are provided through the Oregon State Lottery and will be awarded to domestic or international graduate students enrolled in an advanced degree program at Oregon State University. These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Award Details

The Graduate School anticipates awarding approximately 15-20 Oregon Lottery scholarships; depending on funding received from the state of Oregon. Scholarship amounts vary, but awards typically do not exceed $5,000. The scholarship will be disbursed in three installments through the academic year. Scholarships for less than an academic year will be pro-rated. This scholarship may be offered in addition to a graduate assistantship or fellowship.

Eligibility

  • Nominee must have submitted an application for graduate admission and is considered regularly admissible OR nominee must be a current master’s or doctoral student
  • Nominee must be enrolled for at least 9 graduate credits each term (fall, winter, spring) during the 2021-2022 AY to receive the award

Evaluation Criteria

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 academic merit.

  • Evaluation of Academic Merit
    • Strength of the nominee's statement of academic excellence, intellectual vitality and strengths and their alignment with this specific award
    • The nominee’s scholarly promise and academic and professional strengths, as articulated in the nomination letter(s), including, but not limited to, discussion of the nominee’s past achievements, their specific academic interests at OSU, and their likelihood of contributing to the discipline
    • Quality of nominee’s CV or résumé 
  • Evaluation of Financial Need
    • Only nominees who are domestic students that 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 Period

The nomination period begins on October 1, 2020. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., April 5, 2021. Awards will be determined in May, 2021.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations may be submitted by the nominee's graduate program director or department chair/head. Students may not apply directly for this award. Each unit (as defined by university major code) may nominate no more than two nominees (total) per award cycle. 

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_Lottery.pdf", and upload it through the nomination form.

  1. A statement from the nominee that speaks to the following areas:
    1. Their academic excellence and intellectual vitality demonstrated in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, their commitment and persistence related to previous academic pursuits, their intellectual curiosity and commitment, and the strengths and skills they bring to their graduate studies. 
    2. A discussion of their personal strengths, skills, and previous experiences and how those contribute/will contribute to the creation of an inclusive and diverse university. 
    3. How this award will support them in their graduate studies.
  2. A nominating letter from the nominee’s major professor or unit chair/head addressing the following:
    1. The nominee’s academic excellence and intellectual vitality demonstrated in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, the student’s commitment and persistence related to previous academic pursuits, their intellectual curiosity, and the strengths and skills they bring to their graduate studies.
    2. An explanation as to how the award will support the nominee’s graduate studies
  3. A copy of the nominee's résumé or curriculum vitae

Nomination Form

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Nomination form overview

Questions

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