2021-2022 Scholarships for New OSU Students

Oregon State University recognizes student excellence, diversity, and achievement through an array of scholarship opportunities.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the majority of Oregon State University’s scholarships for newly-admitted freshmen and transfer students will be awarded automatically based on a holistic review of your application for admission. Through this review process, OSU seeks to identify and award students who have the skills, abilities, and drive to succeed at Oregon State based on the following:

For Freshmen Students:

  • Your high school grades
  • Rigor of coursework, considered in the context of your school
  • Class rank
  • Grades in any college or dual-credit courses
  • Information provided in your personal statement on the application
  • Your response to one of our available essay prompts
  • Test scores, if submitted (not required*)

For Transfer Students:

  • Your grades in college
  • Rigor of college coursework
  • Number of transferable credits completed 
  • Information provided in your personal statement on the application

All new and continuing OSU students also are encouraged to submit an application for additional college and departmental scholarships that are awarded through OSU ScholarDollars, Oregon State University's online scholarship search and application system. OSU ScholarDollars will begin accepting applications for 2021-2022 scholarships on November 1, 2020. 

*Oregon State University is committed to making scholarship opportunities available to students who qualify, whether they apply with or without test scores. Test scores are not the sole or primary reason for a scholarship decision; they are considered as supplemental information within the context of your overall admission application.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Typically, you will be notified of any scholarships you have been awarded based on your admission application within four to six weeks of being offered admission to OSU.  If you are selected to receive a scholarship based on your admission application, you will receive an email notification, as well as a paper letter sent to the mailing address you provided on your application for admission.

For scholarships that accept applications through OSU ScholarDollars, college and departmental scholarship committees will review applications and choose scholarship recipients starting in mid-February and continuing throughout the summer.  If you are selected to receive a college or departmental scholarship, you will receive an email notification inviting you to log into ScholarDollars for information about the scholarship award.

If you are selected to receive an OSU scholarship based on your admission application, you will receive an email notification, as well as a paper letter sent to the mailing address you provided on your application for admission.

If you are selected to receive a scholarship from an OSU college or department, you will receive an email notification inviting you to log into OSU ScholarDollars for information about the scholarship award.

Although some campus scholarships are available only to students who have financial need as determined by the OSU Office of Financial Aid, there are many that are awarded based on other eligibility criteria such as academic merit, participation in extracurricular and co-curricular activities, career plans, and geography. 

If you wish to be considered for the campus scholarships that require financial need, you should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1st and February 28th each year. 

For the 2019-2020 academic year, more than 1,650 new and continuing OSU students received a total of over $3.5 million in OSU scholarships through OSU ScholarDollars. 

Both newly-admitted and continuing OSU students are eligible to use OSU ScholarDollars to apply for Oregon State’s scholarships.

If you have applied for admission, but not yet received an admission decision, you can use the ScholarDollars search engine to learn about OSU scholarship opportunities, but you will not be able to log in or submit an application until you are admitted.

You do not need to set up a separate user account to access OSU ScholarDollars.  Newly-admitted and continuing OSU students may log into ScholarDollars using their ONID user name and password.  If you are a newly-admitted student, you will need to set up your ONID account before you can log into ScholarDollars.  Information about activating your ONID account.

If you have applied for admission, but not yet received an admission decision, you can use the ScholarDollars search engine to learn about scholarship opportunities offered by OSU and third party organizations.  Only admitted and continuing students are able to log into ScholarDollars and submit an application.

OSU ScholarDollars begins accepting applications on November 1st each year.  We recommend that you submit your scholarship application no later than February 1st to maximize the scholarship opportunities for which you will be considered.  Most scholarships have deadlines on or after February 15th, but specific deadlines may vary.

If you have additional questions about OSU scholarships, please contact the OSU Scholarship Office at scholarship.office@oregonstate.edu