Scholarships

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The PSU School of Business awards over $300,000 in scholarships every year to undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate students across all disciplines. If you have financial need, make sure you submit an application using PSU's online scholarship system before the deadline of February 1st. Applications open in October but give yourself plenty of time. The more effort you put in, the more likely you will get a scholarship.

If you have any questions related to your scholarship application or fund disbursal, please email the School of Business Scholarship Coordinator at sba-scholarships@pdx.edu.

How to Apply

SB scholarships are administered through the online system unless otherwise noted. Hard-copy applications are not accepted. Applications open mid-October and close on February 1st the following year. Students fill out one application and the system determines from all possible scholarships which ones are applicable to you. This applies to general PSU as well as the SB. It is not possible to apply for a specific scholarship. You will be automatically assigned to the pool of scholarships that you are eligible for. 

Students enrolled or planning to enroll in the Master of Real Estate Development must submit an online application and answer the MRED essay question to be considered for scholarships. Please refer to the CRE Scholarships page for more information.

Who Can Apply

All undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate students who are admitted or will be admitted to the SB by fall term can apply for scholarships for the following academic year. SB scholarships are available to part-time graduate students but undergraduate students must be studying full-time. Undergraduate students are only permitted to study part-time if they are in their final term before graduation. 

Complete Your Application

  1. Visit the scholarship website
     
  2. Log in and register as a first-time user. Begin filling out either the PSU Continuing/Transfer Student Undergraduate Application or the PSU Graduate Application. First year students should complete the PSU Incoming Freshman Application.
     
  3. Familiarize yourself with the application by answering basic demographic questions first. Save your answers after each page to avoid losing your work.
     
  4. Write your essays in a word document and copy to the application once they are complete. This will allow you to edit your answers without the risk of the system timing out.
     
  5. Send a friendly reminder to your referees if they have not submitted their letter of recommendation by mid-January. No extensions to the deadline can be given for the application or recommendations.
     
  6. Make sure you press the submit button at the end of the application. Only submitted applications will be considered for a scholarship. Once you have pressed the submit button, you cannot change your answers.

Application Tips

The key to getting a scholarship is early preparation. There are a number of materials you need to provide and a number of essays you need to write so the sooner you start, the better. 

Transcript: You must attach a transcript to your application. Some departments at PSU do not require it but it is mandatory for students if they want to be considered for SB scholarships.

Economic statement: This is an optional essay in the “Financial Information” section but we highly recommend you complete it. This is the best opportunity you have to highlight your financial need and economic situation. 

Letters of recommendation: Provide the names of two referees and it is best if at least one of them is a faculty member, especially if you are a current PSU student. Choose an employer or mentor rather than a family member or friend if possible.

Other essays: The application is long and it can be tempting to skip essays to save time but the more you complete, the better chance you have. If the application is asking you to write an essay, it is because there is a scholarship available that is directly related to it. Take the time to answer and make it meaningful by using specific examples. Pay particular attention to the essays in the “School of Business” section.

MRED students should refer to the CRE Scholarships page for tips on completing their scholarship application.

When You Will Be Notified

In the SB, most scholarships are awarded mid-April following the February deadline, although a few scholarships are awarded on a different timeline. All departments across PSU use the applications in the online system to make decisions so you may be awarded with a scholarship from outside the SB. Recipients are usually notified by email to their pdx student account. Make sure you follow all the specific instructions in the email. 

Most successful recipients across PSU are notified by the end of May. In the SB, we try to notify unsuccessful applicants by mid-May. If you have not received any notification by June, you should assume that your application was not successful and consider your other financial aid options. You should consider applying for external scholarships offered outside of PSU and the SB. Students can find additional financing information through the Office of Financial Aid. Financing information for graduate students can also be found here.