The following scholarships are for students enrolling for the first time starting in the Summer or Fall 2018 only. All scholarships are based on available funding.  Application for admission must be received by February 1 and all supporting documentation must be received by February 16.  E-campus (distance/online) students are not eligible for these scholarships.

Transfer credits, including credits earned in AP/IB courses and/or dual enrollment, do not count toward the annual credit amount required for renewal. 

Presidential Scholarship

As Oregon State University’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship is designed to reward academic excellence and inspire those selected to continue to be a positive force in the world.  The scholarship is highly competitive with Presidential Scholars in line to pursue elite awards such as the Goldwater, Fulbright and Truman Scholarships upon graduation from Oregon State.  In total, the Presidential Scholarship provides $40,000 over the student’s undergraduate career ($10,000 renewable for four years).  

To be considered for the Presidential Scholarship Competition, students must be a current Oregon high school senior, must be considered an Oregon resident at time of application, have a minimum 3.85 un-weighted GPA, and a minimum score of 1360 SAT (new test format) or 1900 SAT (old test w/ essay) or 29 ACT. In addition, applicants are evaluated on their scholarship application and Insight Resume response, specifically in the following areas:

  • Our understanding of you as a unique, contributing individual
  • Your accomplishments, perspectives, experiences, and talents
  • Your achievements within the context of your social and personal circumstances
  • Participation in activities that develop academic, intellectual, and leadership abilities

No additional application is required to apply for the Presidential Scholarship. Students who meet the minimum criteria listed above and apply for admission prior to February 1 are automatically considered for the scholarship.


Finley Academic Excellence Scholarship for new resident freshmen


SAT (new) SAT (old, including essay) ACT 3.6-3.749 3.75-4.0
< 1300 < 1800 < 27   Up to $1,500
> or = 1300 > or = 1800 > or = 27 Up to $3,000 Up to $6,000
  • Awards are available for students attending the Corvallis and Bend campuses
  • Amounts are renewable for three additional years (four years total)
  • Automatically awarded based upon your OSU Application for Admissions
  • Official high school transcripts and test scores from testing service required for review
  • Unweighted GPA is used for scholarship calculation
  • Awards will be finalized in March based on any new academic records received on or before February 16
  • Recipients may be eligible for additional scholarships through the University, alumni and/or donors, academic college/department

Students ineligible for automatic awards may be considered for the Finley Academic Excellence Scholarship or Diversity Achievement Scholarship.  Selection of the Finley Academic Excellence Scholarship and Diversity Achievement awards through the competitive process is based on a holistic review of individuals via information provided as part of their admissions application file. A primary objective when making these competitive award decisions is to attract students that can add to the academic, geographic, and cultural fabric of the OSU community.  Awardees for these competitive scholarships are notified in mid-March.

The Diversity Achievement Scholarship specifically has criteria that requires one or more of the following for consideration:

  • Low income, as determined by their FAFSA,
  • Has a documented disability,
  • Identify as being from an underrepresented community, such as an ethnic minority, veteran, and/or first generation to attend college
Additional Competitive Scholarship Opportunities for new freshmen:


OSU participates with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) to award merit-based scholarships.  Students selected as finalists in the College-Sponsored program who list OSU as their first-choice school on the NMSC application will receive an additional $8,000 over four years.


Students participating in an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program may qualify for the IB Diploma Scholarship.  To qualify, entering freshmen must have scored a total of 30 or higher on the IB exam and indicated pursuit of the IB Diploma.  Award offers will be finalized once scores are verified by the IBO in July.  Awards are $3,000 annually / $12,000 over four years.


Some scholarship opportunities are available for freshman and transfer students within their college or major. Each department administers their own scholarships, sets deadlines, posts and reviews applications, and awards based on their established criteria. Exploring your options couldn’t be easier! Visit the Oregon State Scholarship Database. Enter specific criteria or do a general search to see the opportunities available to you. Each scholarship hit will provide you with the name of the scholarship and criteria for award. Click on the hyperlinked scholarship name for information on applying and the managing entity that can provide additional information.


Oregon State University recognizes the value of international perspectives in its mission to promote economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for people across Oregon, the nation and the world. The opportunity to study abroad or participate in an international internship can be a chance to gain new perspectives and skills to help you with your studies and inspire you to be a global citizen. Not only can Oregon State scholarships and financial aid be used to help fund your study abroad experience, and many program providers as well as colleges offer additional scholarships for international study or internships. Many students also take advantage of prestigious national scholarship opportunities to fund their time abroad. Visit the International Programs website for more information!


The OSU Alumni Association Legacy Access Awards are for incoming freshmen or transfers who have a parent or guardian that is an Oregon State alumnus.  This scholarship is designed to assist prospective students that may not otherwise be able to afford college.  This is a need-based award with a one-time value of $2,000.  Qualifications include:  proof of legacy, 3.65 cumulative GPA, and 1200 SAT.  Selections are competitive and made in March during the competitive round.


OSU is one of the few universities to have an Army, Air Force, and Naval (Navy and Marine Corps) Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program on campus.  The focus of the ROTC program is leadership, management, and character development in the hope of preparing students for careers in the Armed Forces.  Scholarships are awarded via national boards and selectively by the commanding officers of each unit. OSU also provides select ROTC students with additional Provost and Foundation Scholarship money that is awarded based on merit and financial need. More information can be gained by the following sites:


Air Force ROTC

Naval ROTC

Third-Party Scholarships

The OSU Scholarship Office evaluates any third-party scholarship information submitted to our office for validity, legitimacy, and applicability to OSU students. Scholarships are submitted from local, state, national, and international organizations and are not specifically affiliated with OSU. Students can browse posted scholarships here

Tips for searching for third-party scholarships:

  • Ensure that the awarding agency is an actual organization
  • Check the organizations website for validity and reviews
  • Never pay to apply for scholarships
  • Email or call the organization and ask to speak with the scholarship representative
  • Develop a scholarship resume and standard essay to submit with scholarship applications

Transfer Student Scholarships

Resident transfer students are not eligible to apply for to scholarships listed above. Click here to see scholarships available to incoming resident transfer students.