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OGS Scholarships and Awards

If you have questions concerning scholarships, fellowships, or awards, please contact Karen Popp, Student Services Coordinator/Scholarship Administrator in the Office of Graduate Studies at: karen.ogs@pdx.edu, 503-725-8402.

Below is information for the scholarships and awards administered by the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS). Please see the details of each scholarship/award to view the eligibility requirements and the application procedures.

For information about Graduate Assistantships, click here.


 

OGS Scholarships and Awards Administered through Scholarship Manager

The scholarships and awards administered through Scholarship Manager are:
PSU Laurels Graduate Tuition Remission Program
Monroe M. Sweetland Endowed Community Leadership Scholarship
Rosemary and Robert Low Memorial Award
Elsa Jorgenson Award
Deborah Murdock Scholarship
 

Beginning on October , the on-line scholarship application needed to apply for the following 2015-2016 OGS scholarships and awards listed below will be available at the Scholarship Manager website.

The 2015-2016 on-line graduate scholarship application will open at 

8:00 AM (PDT) on October 15, 2014

and will close at 

11:59 PM (PDT) on February 1, 2015 .

The on-line letters of recommendation must be submitted no later than 

11:59 PM (PDT) on February 1, 2015
.

Please read: In order to apply for these scholarships, you need to be admitted to or have applied for admission to a graduate degree program at PSU beginning in Fall 2015. You do not need to have received information that you have been officially admitted to a graduate degree program to apply for scholarships, but you must be admitted to a graduate degree program and the university in order to receive any of these awards.

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PSU Laurels Graduate Award

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Deadline: February 1, 2015

The PSU Laurels Graduate Award was instituted to provide recognition and financial support to the best and brightest students and to enhance enrollment diversity. The program provides an award to competitively selected, academically meritorious graduate degree students in all fields. This program includes financial need as a consideration for the selection of some of these awards.

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Monroe M. Sweetland Endowed Community Leadership Scholarship

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Deadline: February 1, 2015

The Monroe M. Sweetland Endowed Community Leadership Scholarship will be awarded to an admitted graduate student in the School of Education, the School of Social Work, or the College of Urban and Public Affairs. Requires 6 or more credits graduate registration per term toward the program requirements and successful completion each term. Award is merit-based with financial need a consideration. As of October 2015, we anticipate that there will be one or two awards of $1,500 each for the 2015-16 academic year.

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Rosemary and Robert Low Memorial Award

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Deadline: February 1, 2015

A cash award in varying amounts will be awarded to a graduate degree student at Portland State University with physical disabilities in academic years when funding is available. Requires 6 or more credits graduate registration per term toward the degree requirements and successful completion each term. Award is merit-based with financial need a consideration. As of October 2015, we anticipate that there will be one award of $1,500 for the 2015-16 academic year.

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Elsa Jorgenson Award

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Deadline: February 1, 2015

One or two cash awards of varying amounts in academic years when funding is available will be awarded to students admitted to graduate degree programs in the departments of Biology, Chemistry, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Geology, and Physics; requires a tuition remission from another source. Requires 9 credits minimum graduate registration per term toward the degree requirements and successful completion each term. Award is merit-based with financial need a consideration. As of October 2015, we anticipate that there will be one award of $1,500 for 2015-16 academic year.

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Deborah Murdock Scholarship

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Deadline: February 1, 2015

The Deborah Murdock Scholarship will be awarded annually to assist Portland State University graduate students in achieving their educational goals. The fund will support tuition, fees, books, or other expenses for a graduate student with financial need who is dedicated to a career in public service. As of October 2015, we anticipate that there will be one award of up to $2,500 for the 2015-16 academic year.

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Other Scholarships, Awards, and Funding Resources Administered through OGS

The following scholarships, awards, and funding resources do not utilize the Scholarship Manager on-line application system. Please see the details of each to find out about the individual application process.

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Marie Brown Travel Award

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Applications must be received no later than 5:00 P.M. on the following schedule (late applications will go into the following term's applicant pool):

  • Friday, October 17, 2014, for Fall term
  • Friday, January 16, 2015, for Winter term
  • Friday, April 17, 2015, for Spring term

This award fund is the result of a generous bequest from the will of Marie Brown, who was a member of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research from its foundation in 1964 until her retirement in October 1987. It is the intention of the Office of Graduate Studies to recognize outstanding work of PSU graduate degree students and to contribute to their professional development in their own fields by helping to fund their travel to distant sites for scholarly purposes. Awards will be given in varying amounts up to the maximum award per student of $400.00. The total disbursement in any term is variable, depending on the amount available and the applications received. Due to limited funds, preference will be given to doctoral students.

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WAGS Master's Thesis Award and Innovation in Technology Award

  Click here for details about the WAGS/UMI Distinguished Master's Thesis Award
     (in Biological Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering)

  Click here for details about the WAGS/UMI Distinguished Master's Thesis Award
     (in Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Business)

  Click here for details about the WAGS/UMI Innovation in Technology Award

The Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) provides awards recognizing distinguished scholarly achievement as demonstrated in a master's thesis and the innovative application of technology to thesis/dissertation scholarship at both the master's and doctoral level. Nominations must be submitted by the student's thesis or dissertation adviser.