Scholarships and Fellowships
Toulan School Scholarships
Portland Planning Diversity Awards
For MURP students. Please see the Portland Planning Diversity Award page for more information.
To apply for most of these scholarships, please visit the PSU Scholarship online application system.
Please note: Even if you are not yet accepted into a program in the College of Urban and Public Affairs but have submitted an application, you are still eligible to apply for scholarships. The deadline for the scholarship application in many cases is before the departments make their decisions about who they are accepting, which means if you wait to find out if you were accepted, the chance to apply for scholarship support may have already passed.
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Ernie Bonner Equity Planning Scholarship
- Criteria: This scholarship is awarded to a student in the Toulan School with a clear commitment to equity planning as the focus for professional and/or scholarly work. Available to incoming and returning students in the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning and Urban Studies Ph.D. programs.
Graham Stewart Clark Memorial Scholarship
- Criteria: This scholarship was created to honor the life and legacy of Graham Stewart Clark (1964-2005), Portland City Planner and MURP graduate. Eligibility: Students enrolled in the MURP program with at least one term of graduate coursework completed and a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
John D. Gray Endowed Scholarship
- Criteria: This scholarship was established to honor Mr. Gray's leadership in creating environmentally-sensitive significant land developments. The scholarship will support students in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning who are studying sustainable development.
Nancy Chapman Endowed Scholarship
- Criteria: This fund benefits a Ph.D. student in the College of Urban and Public Affairs with demonstrated financial need, and a promise of accomplishment in an academic or professional career. Preference will be given to students who have a dissertation proposal accepted by his or her committee.
Sharpe/Strachan Returning Student Scholarship
- Criteria: This scholarship is awarded to a student accepted into the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program who is at least 30 years old and is committed to pursuing a career as a practicing planner.
Toulan Memorial Scholarship
- Criteria: The Toulan Memorial Scholarship is a renewable scholarship for a full-time graduate student (min. 9 credits per term during academic year) who has been admitted to the Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning. The scholarship is awarded based on academic excellence with a minimum of 3.0 GPA required
IBPI Active Transportation Scholarship
- For students with a strong interest to pursue careers in bicycle and pedestrian transportation. Go to the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) web page to complete .pdf application: www.pdx.edu/ibpi/education-at-ibpi. Note: These scholarships require paper applications.
The following scholarships are available to any Graduate or Ph.D. student in the College of Urban and Public Affairs. See the scholarship descriptions for specific criteria. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any CUPA scholarship related questions.
APWA Michael Lindberg Public Works Association Scholarship
- Criteria: This scholarship is for students in either the Masters of Public Administration or Masters of Urban and Regional Planning programs who are interested in a career in Public Works and are an Oregon resident.
Frank L. Roberts Community Service Scholarship
- Criteria: This scholarship is awarded to a student who exemplifies a spirit of public and community service and commitment to education. Applicants must have applied to or be admitted to a College of Urban and Public Affairs graduate degree program, in good academic standing, and enrolled for at least six graduate credit hours per term. An excellent undergraduate portfolio is required and financial need will be considered. Applicants must complete the FAFSA for the current academic year.
International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)
- Criteria: This scholarship is awarded to a student with plans for pursuing a career or research in the field of public participation and is studying Public Administration or Urban and Regional Planning. IAP2 is an association of members who seek to promote and improve the practice of public participation in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, and other entities that affect the public interest across the world.
Maurie Clark Endowed Fellowship
- Criteria: Awarded annually to an outstanding Ph.D. candidate in the College of Urban and Public Affairs. The recipient must have an approved dissertation outline and intend to use the fellowship to support research activities.
Michael Saba Endowed Scholarship
- Criteria: This scholarship is to benefit graduate students in USP who have a love of cities and wish to pursue a career to enhance urban civilization, both locally and globally. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate student enrolled in Urban Studies and Planning who has good academic standing and financial need.
State Treasurer Urban Pioneer Award
- Criteria: 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, have high financial need and have submitted the FASFA form to financial aid, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and have achieved sophomore standing for Undergraduates. Graduate students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours per term.
UPA Memorial Scholarship
- Criteria: This award is given annually to outstanding students in the College of Urban and Public Affairs.
Vera Katz Endowed Scholarship
- Criteria: This fund will provide a scholarship to a single parent (male or female) who is admitted to a graduate degree program in the College of Urban and Public Affairs (Masters or Ph.D.) and who demonstrates a commitment to public service.
PSU's Office of Graduate Studies maintains a comprehensive list of PSU and external scholarship opportunities. These include:
- Laurels Graduate Award Scholarship
- Monroe M. Sweetland Endowed Community Leadership Scholarship
- Rosemary and Robert Low Memorial Scholarship
- Frank L. Roberts Community Service Scholarship
Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Graduate Fellowships for International Research:
Graduate Fellowships for International Research are supported by an endowment to the Oregon University System (OUS) that established the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF). The goal of the SYLFF Program is to nurture future leaders who will transcend geopolitical, religious, ethnic, and cultural boundaries in the world community for the peace and the well-being of humankind. General information about SYLFF programs is available at: http://www.sylff.org/ The stipend for OUS-SYLFF fellows is up to $12,000 for the academic year to assist with educational and research expenses. Approximately five fellowships are awarded each year and several partial fellowship stipends may be given each year to help subsidize research-related expenses and travel. For details: OUS Sylff Graduate Fellowships for International Research.
Other Scholarships and Resources
Scholarships such as the Norris & Stevens Real Estate Student Endowed Scholarship and the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Scholarship are available for students in the Real Estate Development Graduate Certificate program.
A scholarship for women pursuing education in transportation-related fields, such as transportation engineering, planning, finance, operations or logistics.
A "must have" document for all students, the PSU Scholarship Handbook offers information and application deadlines for more than 100 PSU scholarships, arranged by department.
The Diversity and Multicultural Student Services office maintains a complete notebook of scholarships aimed at attracting outstanding students from diverse backgrounds.
The University Career Center, located in 342 Fariborz Maseeh Hall, is an advising center for PSU students. This office offers access to the College Cost Explorer Fund Finder database.