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Scholarship Reception Draws Hundreds


Nearly 400 scholarship donors and student recipients celebrated the impact of scholarships at a reception on campus, Tuesday November 18, 2014.

PSU Foundation President/CEO Françoise Aylmer took the occasion to announce that Portland State University has raised over $44 million in just two years as part of its Creating Futures scholarship campaign.

Portland State University 4-year guarantee offers small step in face of tuition hikes: Editorial Agenda 2014


Portland State University has rolled out a new program for fulltime freshmen designed to help them earn a degree in no more than four years. (The Oregonian file photo)


The Mersereau Scholars: An Update

In 2007, composer and PSU alum Brad Mersereau (B.A. Composition, 1973) created a full tuition scholarship supporting highly talented and motivated seniors in jazz and composition as they reached for their dreams.  Since then there have been 12 recipients of the Mersereau Scholarship.  Each has taken their opportunity in a unique and interesting direction.  Here is a snapshot of where they are:

Chance Hayden 2007-2008

Campus Galleries Exhibit Scholarship Recipients’ Artwork

Click here to read the original article in the PSU Vanguard.

For many prospective students, money is the deciding factor for attending school. Lacking funds, some turn away from the idea of higher education completely, fearful of debt. But when given a helping hand, students are empowered to create. And with that freedom comes confidence.

PSU's Graduate School of Education awards 51 scholarships for the 2014-15 year

Support for GSE scholarships grows
Philanthropic support for the GSE totaled over $2.5 million in fiscal year 2013-14 (which ended June 30, 2014), of which $2.2 million was committed to student support. This compares to the previous year’s total giving of $534,000, with $449,700 for scholarships. In 2012-13, 46 scholarships, totaling about $105,000, were awarded to students. This year, we awarded 51 scholarships, totaling about $175,000 to support future teachers and counselors.

Joe's Burgers Seeks Entries for Scholarship Burger Contest

Attention PSU students: Joe's Burgers is seeking your ideas for a burger to be featured on their menu! Enter by sending the following information to