Laurels Graduate Award

Laurels Graduate Award

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.

The awards are available to admitted graduate degree students at Portland State University and to students entering a Portland State University graduate degree program in Fall term 2020. Approximately 35 full and part-time students were recipients of 2019-2020 awards; the number of awards will vary from year to year due to state-wide budget appropriations.


You are eligible to apply for a PSU Laurels Graduate Award if you are admitted to (or have applied for admission to) a graduate degree program starting in Fall 2020 with university regular status (i.e., with no university conditions at admission).

The 2020-21 PSU Laurels Graduate Award is based primarily on academic merit, with additional consideration given to financial need and institutional goals for achieving student diversity. All students are encouraged to provide a statement explaining their financial situation as part of the application.  Domestic students should also file a 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (available in the Financial Aid Office and on the Web at naming PSU as a recipient of application data. 

For awards made in recent years, new recipients had a mean cumulative PSU graduate GPA of 3.90 and an overall PSU undergraduate GPA at admission of 3.70. It is anticipated that similar performance will be necessary for 2020-21 recipients, especially in the merit category.

The Laurels Graduate Award is $5,000 per year for master's students or $7,500 per year for doctoral students, distributed in equal parts over Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. The award is tuition remission and can only be applied toward instructional fees. If students attend part-time (fewer than approximately 5 credits per term), based on individual registration and tuition charges they may not receive the entire award amount. No part of this remission may be refunded to students.

For continuation, academic performance will be reviewed each term. Recipients must remain in good academic standing and make appropriate progress toward their degrees. Students enrolled in master's degree programs may be eligible for renewal for one additional year (two years total) while completing the master's degree. Doctoral students may be eligible for two additional years (three years total) while completing the doctoral degree.

For students receiving financial aid, this award will impact the financial aid package.

Online Application Process

Online application for GS (the Graduate School) scholarships and awards is now available.

You will access the online application for GS scholarships and awards at the Scholarship Manager website. If you have never created an account, you will need to first create an account by clicking on "First Time User." Once your account is created, you will click on "Returning User" to access the application form.

To apply for GS scholarships and awards, you must complete the PSU Graduate Scholarship Application on the Scholarship Manager website by the deadlines stated below.

Transcripts are NOT required as part of your scholarship application.

Please DO NOT send transcripts to GS


  • The deadline for the online PSU Graduate Scholarship Application is February 1.
  • The deadline for the online letters of recommendation is February 1.