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University Honors Colleges offers a limited number of scholarship awards to new and returning (current) Honors students. Honors Scholarship awards are made for each academic year based on applications received from new UHC students.  The student will receive notification of the award in the PSU Financial Aid/Scholarship letter; Honors College does not send a separate mailing to students receiving scholarships.


University Honors Scholarships are for students who have been or will be admitted to Honors.

Award Criteria

Merit is a criterion for all awards. Demonstrated unmet financial need is also considered. We strongly recommend you complete a FAFSA for the University regardless of your financial needs.

How to Apply

All first year Honors students are considered for UHC scholarships based on information collected during the admission process. First year applications received by our December 1st priority deadline will be considered first for Honors scholarships.

UHC staff may retrieve and review the following collateral documents for each application: for current Honors College students: PSU Transcript, PSU Student File. For new Honors students: Admission materials provided for the PSU/Honors application.

Sustainability Scholars

The generous contributions of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation have made these competitive awards available to a small group of incoming freshman each year. These awards provide students with a $5,000 grant per year for four years as well as provide additional faculty mentoring and research partnerships. Read more about our Sustainability Scholars.

Other Financial Aid & Scholarship Resources at PSU

More information about financial aid and scholarships at Portland State can be found through PSU's Financial Aid office. All new students should apply for centrally awarded scholarships through The deadline for applications is February 1. New and continuing students should also inquire about scholarship opportunities available through academic colleges and departments.

National Scholarships & Fellowships

Portland State has faculty representatives on campus who coordinate nationally recognized fellowship opportunities available to our outstanding students. National fellowships, scholarships, and awards fall into many categories, ranging from support for undergraduate or graduate education, to specific year-long internship programs, to study, research, or projects abroad. Unlike financial aid, most of these highly competitive awards are merit-based; need is not usually a factor.

A number of these national fellowships require applicants, whether current students or alumni, to apply through their colleges or universities. Current Honors College students interested in national scholarships and fellowships should carefully review fellowship descriptions and meet with Brianna Avery, the Honors Academic Adviser, or Leena Shrestha, PSU's Scholarship Liaison, to discuss these opportunities.