Scholarship Opportunities for International and Global Studies Students

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Scholarships not only help you out financially, but also allow you to showcase your hard work and dedication on your resume and future application materials. Moreover, the process of applying for a scholarship will help you work on your writing, networking, and organizational skills. The more scholarships you apply to, the more chances you have of receiving one! So don't wait, research available scholarships, prepare your application materials early, and apply! 

We've compiled a list of some of the most popular PSU scholarships our students have applied to below. Click here to go to the PSU Scholarships and PSU Fellowships websites for the complete database of opportunities available through PSU. 


Oregon Consular Corps International Studies Scholarship

Each year, the Oregon Consular Corps awards two $2,500 awards for PSU students majoring in International & Global Studies. 

Consul members of the Oregon Consular Corps (OCC) are committed to improved relations, communications, understanding, and trade between nations, peoples, and regions of the world. Oregon public universities are poorly funded and fewer young people in Oregon have the opportunity to pursue their educational and career dreams. Oregon Consular Corps members remember their own educational dreams and objectives and want more students in Oregon to have the opportunity to build a better world and better lives for themselves and for others.

Eligibility Requirements

  • be a citizen or legal resident of the U.S.A. (including student visas)
  • completed a minimum of 8 credit hours INTL core coursework
  • declared International & Global Studies major as of Fall 2020
  • junior class standing or above (90+ credits)
  • maintain full-time status (12 credits per term) during the 2020-2021 academic year (fall, winter, and spring)
  • maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Note: past recipients of the scholarship are not eligible to apply again

How to Apply

  • Fill out the online OCC application form
  • In the application form, upload your Statement of purpose: A personal statement, maximum three double-spaced, typed pages, answering:
    • Why are you pursuing a degree in International Studies?
    • What are your career plans?
    • What is your level of study or fluency in a foreign language or languages?
    • Optional: Your personal statement may include a description of your community service or international experience, if any; and a description of obstacles you face, if any, in acquiring a degree in International Studies.
  • In the application form, upload an updated resume
  • Two letters of reference: At least one letter should be from a PSU faculty member with specific knowledge of your international study, international-related work experience, volunteer experience, or school work. Please ask for your reference letters to be emailed directly to us at internationalstudies@pdx.edu.

Applications are accepted online (please plan to upload your statement of purpose and your resume). 

2020-21 Application Deadline Extended to November 20, 2020
Finalists will be invited for an interview in early December.
Award recipients will be announced mid-December 2020.
Scholarships will be awarded for Winter term, 2021.
 

Matching Fulbright Grants

Fulbright scholars who are admitted and enroll in Portland State University degree programs will receive a matching grant of up to $4,500 per year. This renewable matching scholarship is available to all Fulbright Scholars who begin a degree program at Portland State University. The grant will match up to $4,500 of Fulbright sponsorship during each academic year in which admitted Fulbright scholars are enrolled in a Portland State degree program.
 

David L. Boren Scholarship

Funds study abroad by U.S. undergraduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests.
 

Critical Language Scholarships (CLS)

The CLS Program is a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply.
 

John Damis Middle East Studies Scholarship

Purpose: For International Studies and Political Science Majors
Amount: up to $1000
Criteria for Selection:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student at Portland State University
  • International Studies or Political Science major with Middle East focus
  • Overall grade point average of 3.00
     

Patricia and Gary Leiser Middle East Scholarship

Purpose: For study of Middle East languages
Amount: Up to $1000
Criteria for Selection:

  • Undergraduate student at Portland State University
  • Enrollment in Arabic, Turkish, or Persian language class at PSU during the year for which the scholarship is granted
  • Overall grade point average of 3.25
  • U.S. citizen
  • Demonstrated interest in the Middle East through coursework related to the region, although enrollment in a Middle East Studies degree program is not required
     

Elizabeth Ducey Scholarship

Purpose: Available to help finance study abroad.
Amount: Up to $500; average award of $200
Criteria for Selection: 

  • Applications accepted from any student intending to study for a specialty in Middle East Studies.
  • Students must be enrolled in and making satisfactory progress in a Middle Eastern language.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time or accepted for full-time enrollment at Portland State University as degree-seeking students.
     

Linda Nettekoven Public Involvement Scholarship

Purpose: This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student in the College of Urban and Public Affairs with an interest in Public Involvement.
Criteria for Selection: 

  • Applicants must be first generation students
  • Students must be enrolled enrolled in an undergraduate degree program within the College of Urban and Public Affairs.
  • They must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Be entering their junior or sentior year.
  • Demonstrate financial need and seek a career in public service.
  • Preference will be given to single parents.
     

Yaden Family Endowed Scholarship Fund

Criteria for Selection: 

  • Students must be enrolled as full time in an undergraduate degree program within the College of Urban and Public Affairs.
  • They must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
     

State Treasurer Urban Pioneer Award

Criteria for Selection: 

  • This scholarship is awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in a degree program within the College of Urban and Public Affairs who is a 1st generation student or a student returning to school at a later point in their life.
  • To qualify you must be a US citizen or resident alien.
  • Must demonstrate high financial need.
  • Must have submitted the FASFA form to financial aid.
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Must have achieved sophomore standing for Undergraduates.
     

CUPA Memorial Scholarship

Criteria for Selection: 

  • This award is given annually to outstanding students in the College of Urban and Public Affairs.
     

Institute for Asian Studies Scholarship

Purpose: The Institute for Asian Studies Student Scholarship is a competitive award of up to $1000 for one or two qualified, full-time, degree seeking, PSU students, who are pursuing an academic program at Portland State, or abroad, with a focus on Asia and/or Asian language studies.
Amount: Up to $1000
Criteria for Selection: 

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be  full-time enrolled or accepted for full-time enrollment at Portland State University, as a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Be pursuing an academic program at PSU, or abroad, with a focus on Asia and/or Asian language studies.

 

Frank and Nadezda Munk Political Science Undergraduate Scholarship

Purpose: Annual scholarship available to senior-level undergraduate students in political science and international studies with high promise of achievement in international affairs.
 

Ellie & Nayla Kassab Scholarship for Arabic Studies

Purpose: This renewable scholarship is open to all full-time PSU students who have formally studied Arabic for at least two years; had an outstanding performance in previous Arabic studies; have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher; and a commitment to successfully complete the Minor in Arabic, or the Major in Arabic Language & Literature at PSU, and/or Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies.

Criteria for Selection: 

  • Open to PSU students who have formally studied Arabic for at least two years.
  • Must ave a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher.
  • Commitment to successfully complete the Minor in Arabic, or the Major in Arabic Language & Literature at PSU, and/or Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies.
  • To qualify for this scholarship MESC Students must take Ar 301-2-3 or Ar 304-5-6 or higher level Arabic classes).
  • Academic excellence and financial need are a major consideration. 
     

Aspen Mitzvah Fund Scholarship

Purpose: The Department of World Languages & Literatures offers renewable scholarships to students enrolling in and completing second- and third-year modern Hebrew sequences. The award will be used to meet tuition costs and related educational expenses at Portland State University.
Amount: Up to $1000
Criteria for Selection: 

  • Preference will be given to students in the more advanced (300-level) sequence, and to students in Judaic Studies. 
  • Full-time PSU students and high school students may apply. 
  • Academic performance and financial need are also major considerations.