Graduate Scholarships

Alta Planning & Design Scholarship, Rex Burkholder & Lydia Rich Scholarship, and DKS Associates Scholarship
Criteria: For Master of Urban & Regional Planning, Master of Urban Studies, and PhD Urban Studies students with a strong interest to pursue careers in bicycle and pedestrian transportation. Go to the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) web page to complete the application. Note: These scholarships require paper applications.

APWA Michael Lindberg Public Works Association Scholarship
Criteria: This scholarship is for students in either the Masters of Public Administration or Masters of Urban and Regional Planning programs who are interested in a career in Public Works and are an Oregon resident.

Deborah Murdock Scholarship
Criteria: 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. We anticipate that there will be one award of up to $2,500 for the 2017-18 academic year. 

Ernie Bonner Equity Planning Scholarship
Criteria: This scholarship is awarded to a student in the Toulan School with a clear commitment to equity planning as the focus for professional and/or scholarly work. Available to incoming and returning students in the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning and Urban Studies PhD programs.

Frank L. Roberts Community Service Scholarship
Criteria: This scholarship is awarded to a student who exemplifies a spirit of public and community service and commitment to education. Applicants must have applied to or be admitted to a College of Urban and Public Affairs graduate degree program, in good academic standing, and enrolled for at least six graduate credit hours per term. An excellent undergraduate portfolio is required and financial need will be considered. Applicants must complete the FAFSA for the current academic year.

Frank and Nadezda Munk Scholarship
Criteria: This fund will provide an annual scholarship to Graduate students in Political Science pursuing studies in the area of international politics.

International Economic Graduate Scholarship 
Criteria: Anonymously donated to the PSU Economics Department, this scholarship provides a research assistantship stipend for the first year the recipient is enrolled in the master's program. Additionally, the scholarship is supplemented by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a tuition waiver.

Ione E. Curtis Endowed Scholarship
Criteria: Awarded to one or two incoming Political Science graduate students who have demonstrated a potential to excel in the graduate program.

Judith Ramaley Community Engaged Student Scholarship
Criteria: The purpose of this scholarship is to support a graduate student in the Hatfield School of Government who has a deep interest in collaborative processes and approaches to designing and implementing public policy. Such work typically involves design thinking coupled with facilitated community engagement for the purpose of developing innovative solutions to wicked policy problems. Assignment of the scholarship shall be the responsibility of the Dean who will identify projects and initiatives within the College, including the CUPA IdeaLab, where collaborative policy design is ongoing.

Linda Hamilton Award
Criteria: This award is intended to recognize an Economics master's student for distinguished achievement.

Maurie Clark Endowed Fellowship
Criteria: Awarded annually to an outstanding PhD candidate in the College of Urban and Public Affairs. The recipient must have an approved dissertation outline and intend to use the fellowship to support research activities.

Michael Saba Endowed Scholarship
Criteria: This scholarship is for a graduate student enrolled in Urban Studies & Planning who has good academic standing and financial need.  This scholarship is to benefit graduate students in USP who have a love of cities and wish to pursue a career to enhance urban civilization, both locally and globally. 

Nancy Chapman Endowed Scholarship
Criteria: This fund benefits a PhD student in the College of Urban and Public Affairs with demonstrated financial need, and a promise of accomplishment in an academic or professional career. Preference will be given to students who have a dissertation proposal accepted by his or her committee.

Ron Cease Founders Award
Criteria: Ron Cease, PSU Professor Emeritus and founder of the Division of Public Administration, and his wife Jane Cease led active careers as state administrators and as Oregon legislators. These scholarships honor graduate students by providing financial assistance to those who are planning careers in public service and are pursuing on a full-time basis an Masters of Public Administration (MPA), Masters of Public Administration: Health Administration (MPA:HA), or Masters of Public Health: Health Management (MPH:HMP) degree. A GRA position may also be given to Founder’s Award recipients depending on the availability of funds.

Sharpe/Strachan Returning Student Scholarship
Criteria: This scholarship is awarded to a student accepted into the Masters of Urban Studies and Planning program who is at least 30 years old and is committed to pursuing a career as a practicing planner.

Toulan Memorial Scholarship
Criteria: The Toulan Memorial Scholarship is a renewable scholarship for a full-time graduate student (min. 9 credits per term during academic year) who has been admitted to the Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning. The scholarship is awarded based on academic excellence with a minimum of 3.0 GPA required.

UPA John D. Gray Sustainable Development Scholarship
Criteria: This scholarship is for students in the Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning with a demonstrated focus in sustainable development.

Vera Katz Endowed Scholarship
Criteria: This fund will provide a scholarship to a single parent (male or female) who is admitted to a graduate degree program in the College of Urban and Public Affairs (Masters or PhD) and who demonstrates a commitment to public service.

Apply for any of the above scholarships using the online PSU scholarship application.