UO Scholarships: Making the Impossible Possible

Making the Impossible Possible

Our scholarship and financial aid programs remove barriers and give talented and driven students access to pursue their education—and their dreams.


Semeredin Kundid
“Scholarships are the primary reason I have this opportunity to pursue a college degree.”
“They not only represent my financial need, but my commitment to academic excellence, leadership, and individual growth.”
Semeredin Kundin

Majors: Political Science and Planning, Public Policy and Management
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Scholarships: PathwayOregon, Apex, Diversity Excellence, Ford
UO Activities: ASUO vice president, co-director of the Black Male Alliance, Wayne Morse Scholar, PathwayOregon peer mentor
Career Goals: Law or public service


How We Keep the UO Affordable

Amount undergraduates receive each year
of undergraduates receive some type of scholarship or financial aid
of Ducks graduate debt free or owe less than $25K
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Jim Brooks
“The University is committed to ensuring that it remains affordable to all students, and scholarships play a huge part in this effort. We offer more than $55M in institutional and foundation scholarships which assist our undergraduate students in paying for their education. Our team is excited and ready to help our Ducks as they pursue their degrees!”
Jim Brooks, associate vice president and director of financial aid

Financial Aid and Scholarships   Financial Wellness


Search for Scholarships

Based on merit, need, or a combination of both, scholarship awards do not need to be repaid after graduation.

Merit-based scholarships are based on prior academic performance. Other criteria may include leadership, activities, personal background, intended major, and career goals.

To be eligible for need-based scholarships at the UO, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Renewal FAFSA. If the government finds that you have financial need, you may be eligible for some need-based scholarships.

Whatever your situation, scholarships can be vital piece in helping fund your education and scholarly pursuits.


Angel Escorcia-Nuñez
“The PathwayOregon staff members helped me navigate requirements, set up my class schedule, and check all the boxes I needed to. It’s a support system I can rely on.”
Angel Escorcia-Nuñez

Major: Human Services
Hometown: Albany, Oregon
Scholarships: PathwayOregon and Diversity Excellence
UO Activities: Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MeChA) and Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL)


Rima Pandit
“The scholarships felt like a red carpet welcome for me.”
Rima Pandit

Major: Human Physiology | Minor: Chemistry
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Scholarships: Summit and John Herman Pioneer Award Presidential Scholarship
UO Activities: Volunteer teaching assistant, student advisory board for the UO Career Center, undergraduate research assistant


Nicole Wales
“Scholarships changed everything for me.”
Nicole Wales

Majors: Chemistry and Physics | Minor: Mathematics
Hometown: Coos Bay, Oregon
Scholarships: Diversity Excellence, Mercer Family Foundation, Presidential Undergraduate Research, and McNair
Dream Job: Physics professor and researcher


Applying for Scholarships

In addition to scholarships offered by the UO Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, many individual UO schools and departments offer scholarships to students studying a specific major or discipline. There are also awards available related to interdisciplinary interests, or from organizations outside of the UO.

Scholarships are available from many places. While searching for them may take time, it can be well worth the effort.


Donors Make This Possible

Many of our scholarships are made possible by the generous contributions of many donors that believe in student success and access. Their impact and generosity has paved the way for many Ducks to realize a dream. Learn more about donors impact stories.

Stories of Impact

donors gave a total of $40.34 million to PathwayOregon program since 2009
donors gave a total of $8.68 million to the Presidential Scholarship since 2010

Estimating and Budgeting

It is important to know how much money a typical student may need for school-related expenses, also referred to as cost of attendance. Compare this amount to your estimated eligibility for federal, state, and institutional aid, to begin guiding your financial planning for college.