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 during the 2020-2021 academic year. These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Award Details

The Graduate School anticipates awarding approximately 25 Oregon Lottery scholarships for the 2019-2020 AY. 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.


  • Student has submitted an application for graduate admission and is considered regularly admissible OR student is a current master’s or doctoral student
  • Students must be enrolled for at least 9 graduate credits each term (fall, winter, spring) during the 2020-2021 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
    • Quality of the student’s academic and professional goal statement
    • Quality of letter of nomination
    • Quality of student’s CV or résumé 
    • Quality of student’s previous academic achievement and scholarly productivity (as indicated by publications, presentations, honors/awards, GPA, GRE scores, etc.)
  • Evaluation of Financial Need
    • 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 Period

The nomination period begins on October 1, 2019. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., April 6, 2020. Awards will be determined in May, 2020.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations may be submitted by the student'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 students (total) per award cycle. 

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 may not yet be available), and
  2. be considered regularly admissible with respect to OSU’s minimum academic admissions requirements.

Nomination Form

Submit a nomination

Nomination form overview

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:
"Student's last name_grad program_Lottery.pdf", and upload it through the nomination form.

  1. Statement from the student describing their academic and professional goals and direction as they relate to their chosen field
  2. Letter from student's major professor or unit chair/head describing the academic merit of the student, anticipated degree completion, and the student’s academic and professional strengths that point to the student’s promise for the future in their chosen field 
  3. A copy of the student’s résumé or curriculum vitae