The following scholarships are for students enrolling for the first time in the Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 terms only. Your application for admission must be received by OSU by February 1, 2019, and all supporting documentation must be received by February 15, 2019.  E-campus (distance/online) and international students are not eligible for these scholarships. All scholarship awards are subject to the availability of funding.

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

Presidential Scholarship

As Oregon State University’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship rewards academic excellence and inspires recipients 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. The Presidential Scholarship provides up to $40,000 in funding during the student’s undergraduate career ($10,000 per year, renewable for up to four years total).  

To be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, students must be current Oregon high school seniors, must be considered Oregon residents at time of application for admission, must have a minimum 3.85 unweighted high school GPA, and must have a minimum score of 1360 on the new SAT or 29 on the 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, experiences, and talents
  • Your achievements within the context of your social and personal circumstances
  • Your participation in activities that develop academic, intellectual, and leadership abilities

No separate application is required to be considered 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 award.


Finley Academic Excellence Scholarship for New Resident Freshmen
SAT Score (new) SAT Score (old, including essay) ACT Score Unweighted HS GPA 3.60-3.749 Unweighted HS GPA 3.75-4.00
< 1300 < 1800 < 27   Up to $1,500/year
> or = 1300 > or = 1800 > or = 27 Up to $3,000/year Up to $6,000/year
  • Awards are available for students attending the Corvallis and Bend campuses
  • Amounts are renewable for up to three additional years (up to four years of funding total)
  • Automatically awarded based upon your OSU application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts and official test scores from a testing service are required for consideration
  • Unweighted high school GPA is used to determine scholarship eligibility
  • Awards will be finalized in March based on academic records received on or before February 15
  • Recipients may be eligible for additional scholarships through the university, alumni and/or donors, and the academic colleges/departments



OSU collaborates with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) to award merit-based scholarships.  Students selected as National Merit Finalists who list OSU as their first-choice school on the NMSC application will receive scholarship support totaling at least $2,000 per year for up to four years total.  This support may include a scholarship award from the NMSC, a scholarship award from OSU, or both.



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

Additional Competitive Scholarship Opportunities for New Freshmen

Students who are ineligible for automatic scholarship awards may be considered for other opportunities during our competitive round of awarding.  Selection of awards through the competitive process is based on a holistic review of information provided as part of the admissions application. OSU's primary objective when making these competitive award decisions is to attract students who can add to the academic, geographic, and cultural fabric of the OSU community.  Awardees for these competitive scholarships are notified starting in mid-March.


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 makes 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 learn about the opportunities available to you. Each search result will provide you with the name of the scholarship and the eligibility criteria for that 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 Scholarship awards are for incoming freshmen or transfers who have a parent or guardian who is an Oregon State alumnus.  This scholarship is designed to assist prospective students who may not otherwise be able to afford college.  This is a competitive, need-based scholarship with a one-time value of up to $2,000.  To be eligible for consideration, students must have a parent or guardian who is an Oregon State alumnus, a minimum 3.65 unweighted cumulative GPA, a minimum score of 1200 on the SAT (or its equivalent), and demonstrated financial need.  Recipients are selected in March.


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 organization's 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.