Funding Your Education
There are many scholarships and grants specifically for students with disabilities that can help you pay for your education at P.S.U. You will find some of those scholarships and grants on this page, along with other financial resources that can help you save money for your education.
Scholarships for P.S.U Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Annie Spencer Scholarship
The Annie Spencer Scholarship is for both full- and part-time students. A specific goal of the Annie Spencer Scholarship is to enrich the University's learning environment by attracting and recognizing outstanding students from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Eligibility requirements: Applicants will be asked to provide current documentation (within the last 3 years) of a diagnosed disability by a qualified professional. Documentation will be verified through the Disability Resource Center and will be considered confidential. Recipients must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Graduating high school seniors and others with less than 30 college credits must have a high school GPA of at least 2.75; students with 30 or more college credits must have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.50. All applicants must meet regular admissions requirements. Priority is given to Oregon residents with high financial need.
Apply for the Annie Spencer Scholarship as part of the online P.S.U. Undergraduate or Graduate Scholarship Application. The application opens in October and is due by February 1 each year.
David and Linda Smeltzer Endowed Memorial Scholarship
The purpose of the David and Linda Smeltzer Scholarship is to attract outstanding students who use wheelchairs for mobility. These are students who contribute to the campus learning environment by sharing their unique strengths and diverse perspectives through their involvement in on-campus activities and participation in community service.
Eligibility requirements: High-school graduates who have been admitted to PSU, and Undergraduate students with a 2.50 college-level GPA; Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate students with a 3.00 college-level GPA. Priority is given to Oregon residents.
Apply for the David and Linda Smeltzer Scholarship as part of the online P.S.U. Undergraduate or Graduate Scholarship Application. The application opens in October and is due by February 1 each year.
P.S.U. Scholarships for Undergraduate Students Only
Diversity Enrichment Scholarship
The purpose of the Diversity Enrichment Scholarship is to expand and enrich Portland State's learning community by recognizing and supporting outstanding students from first-generation and various cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, with diverse talents, interests, and life experiences.
Eligibility requirements/Selection Criteria: Please refer to the Diversity Scholarship Program webpage.
Apply for the Diversity Enrichment Scholarship as part of the online P.S.U. Undergraduate Scholarship Application. The application opens in October and is due by February 1 each year. For more information and to access the application form, please visit the Diversity Scholarship Program webpage.
P.S.U. Scholarships for Graduate Students Only
Robert and Rosemary Low Memorial Award
The Robert and Rosemary Low Memorial Award, the gift of the Estate of Robert and Rosemary Low, was established to give special recognition to academically qualified graduate students with physical disabilities.
The recipient is determined by a committee on the basis of scholarship, academic potential, and financial need. The amount of the award varies according to the amount available.
Apply for the Robert & Rosemary Low Scholarship as part of the online P.S.U. Graduate Scholarship Application. The application opens in October and is due by February 1 each year.
Other Resources for Grants and Scholarships
- Blanche Fisher Foundation makes direct grants on behalf of Oregonians with physical disabilities.
- CollegeScholarships.org has a listing of disability-related scholarships.
- Disability Scholarships A-to-Z is an easy-to-use and continually up-to-date scholarship directory for students who have disabilities.
- Do-It has an extensive list of resources for scholarship and college funding.
- Fastweb.com has information about many scholarships and you can customize it to your particular background, education, etc.
- GoodCall is a fully accessible guide with a list of scholarships and grants for students with disabilities..
- Incight provides scholarships to students with disabilities and also has information about disability-related scholarships.
- Institute for Broadening Participation has an extensive database of STEM scholarships for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doc students.
- MoneyGeek.com lists several scholarships, grants, and resources for people with disabilities.
- Nitro College lists Scholarship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities.
- The Oregon Opportunity Grant is a need-based grant program for prospective students.
- Theresa Haven Scholarship for Students with Disabilities provides scholarships for students with disabilities who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Other Financial Resources
- The Financial Resources and Discounts for Students with Disabilities is a guide to various financial resources, discounts and savings opportunities, and travel tips for students with disabilities.
- Northwest Access Fund provides loans to people with disabilities in Oregon and Washington for assistive technology to create greater independence.
- Retail Savings Guide for People with Disabilities provides information on discounts and other financial help for people with disabilities.