Monroe M. Sweetland Endowed Community Leadership Scholarship

Monroe M. Sweetland Endowed Community Leadership Scholarship

Portland State University is proud to be the home of the Monroe M. Sweetland Endowed Community Leadership Scholarship, which honors a remarkable Oregonian and steadfast friend of the University. Monroe Sweetland's achievements as a citizen, legislator, and early advocate for PSU were characterized by his enduring commitment to educational opportunity for all. In the years following World War II, as a state Senator, Monroe Sweetland focused his attention on expanding educational opportunities for Oregonians. He knew that accessible, quality higher education was imperative to serve a growing Portland metropolitan area and nearby rural communities. During his tenure as a state Senator he almost single-handedly shaped legislation, approved in 1955, which led to Portland State's transformation from a small extension program for returning veterans to a first-class public university. Mr. Sweetland also helped lead the effort to establish Portland State's first graduate program, the Graduate School of Social Work. For decades, former State Senator Monroe Sweetland was a well-known figure in Oregon politics, an individual of great integrity and civility, highly regarded by his colleagues regardless of political affiliation. Always a vocal advocate of higher education, he served as a lobbyist for the National Education Association for many years. The scholarship reflects his lifelong interests and career accomplishments and assists students in some of PSU's most distinguished and active professional programs.

This is a one-year non-renewable award. As of October 2020, we anticipate that there will be one or two awards of $1,500 each (distributed equally in Fall 2021, Winter 2022, and Spring 2022) for the 2021-22 academic year.

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


You are eligible to apply for the Monroe M. Sweetland Endowed Community Leadership Scholarship if you meet these requirements:

  • You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • You are admitted to (or have applied for admission to) one of the following graduate degree programs starting in Fall 2021 with university regular status (i.e., with no university conditions at admission):
    in the School of Education
    • M.A./M.S. in Education in Counseling; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Policy, Foundations, and Administration; or Special Education
    • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in Administration; Curriculum and Instruction; Postsecondary Education; or Special and Counselor Education
    • M.Ed. in Education (Elementary or Secondary)
    • Graduate Certificate in Children's and Young Adult Literature; Addictions Counseling; Infant/Toddler Mental Health; Student Affairs in Higher Education; Teaching Adult Learners; or Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling
  • in the School of Social Work
    • Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Research
    • M.S.W.
  • in the College of Urban and Public Affairs
    • M.A./M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice; Health Studies; or Political Science
    • M.A.T./M.S.T. in General Social Science with Political Science as a defined concentration
    • M.P.A. in Public Administration or Health Administration
    • M.P.A.E. in Public Administration (Executive)
    • M.U.R.P.
    • M.P.H. in Health Promotion or Health Management and Policy
    • M.U.S.
    • Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy or Urban Studies
    • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology; Real Estate Development; Urban Design; Public Management; or Transportation
  • You will be enrolled in and successfully complete 6 or more graduate credits that will count towards your degree each term of the award.
  • You have financial need.
  • You must file the 2021-22 FAFSA.

Online Application Process

Online application for 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 the Graduate School


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