Scholarships and Financial Aid for International Students

At the University of Oregon you’ll find several sources of financial aid for international students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Each year the University of Oregon awards more than $1 million in financial aid and scholarships to international students. Below is a list of financial aid and scholarship opportunities for international students. Both international students and domestic freshman students who apply by January 15 are automatically considered for the General University Scholarship Program.

International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) Tuition Scholarships

The ICSP scholarship awards 30–40 competitive scholarships to international students each year. Scholarships apply to tuition only and range from $7,000–$27,000 per year. The ICSP scholarship has a cultural service component that requires students to give presentations about their home country to children, community organizations, and UO students, faculty, and staff. ICSP scholarships are based on financial need, academic merit, and the ability to make presentations to diverse groups of people. ICSP scholarships are renewable. To apply, complete the ICSP application before January 15.

ICSP Nascence Scholarship
This supplemental scholarship is awarded to a student from China or Hong Kong who is also a recipient of the International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) scholarship. No additional application is required. 

International Dean’s Excellence Award (IDEA) for New International Students

The IDEA scholarship is a merit-based, partial-tuition scholarship awarded to new international undergraduate applicants entering in the fall (September). All international students who apply for admission by January 15 are considered for this award. A separate application is not required. The scholarship is valued at $6,000–$8,000 each and is renewable based on academic performance.

New freshmen applicants entering in the fall (September) who have completed the full International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma will automatically receive the full award amount of the IDEA scholarship.

Summit and Apex Scholarships

The Summit and Apex Scholarships are merit-based awards based on high school grade point average and SAT or ACT scores. The Summit provides $9,000 per year to international students, and the Apex provides $4,000. Both are renewable up to four years. To qualify, you must apply for admission by January 15, and all application materials must be received by February 15.

International Student Work-Study Program

This program grants more than 50 work-study awards, ranging from $500–$3,000 each year, to eligible international students with financial need. Students who receive these awards can compete for on-campus work-study jobs during the academic year. Students are not guaranteed on-campus jobs, but opportunities for on-campus employment will increase. To be considered, complete the application by April 15.

Other Scholarships for International Students

The UO Office of International Affairs grants several competitive cash-based scholarships each year to international students who demonstrate financial need and academic merit. To apply for any of the scholarships below, complete the application by January 15.

All Countries

  • Pressman Family Scholarship: Honoring the Pressman family, one scholarship of approximately $1,000 may be awarded each academic year. New and continuing UO international students may apply.
  • Jim and Jean Tattersall International Student Scholarship: Honoring Jim and Jean Tattersall, scholarships of approximately $1,000–$3,000 may be awarded each academic year. New and continuing UO international students may apply.
  • Islam Family Foundation Scholarship: Established in honor of Dr. Ahmet R. Islam, native of Turkey and beloved father of UO alumna Hilary Islam Harter '86. One or more scholarships of approximately $1,000 may be awarded each academic year. New and continuing students may apply, with preference given to students from Turkey.

Graduating Students

  • Kenneth S. Ghent Scholarship: Honoring Dr. Kenneth S. Ghent, former director of International Affairs, several scholarships of approximately $3,000–$5,000 each may be awarded each academic year. Awards are available for undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must be entering the final year of their degree programs to be eligible. A degree completion plan must be created and signed by an academic advisor. Not available to new students.
  • Durga Devi/Vijay Sharma Sachdeva Fund for Research: A grant of up to $1,000 each year is available for female international students conducting research to be undertaken at the UO. This grant is supported by the Durga Devi/Vijay Sharma Sachdeva Fund to support international women. Applicants must be female UO international students with a well defined and approved research proposal and must demonstrate financial need. Research must be complete by June 14, 2014.

Africa

  • John Haines African Student Scholarship: Established by Dr. John Haines, a Eugene ophthalmologist with a keen interest in international students, scholarships of approximately $3,000–$5,000 each may be awarded for each academic year. New and continuing students may apply, with preference given to students from Africa.
  • Dr. Dapo and Mrs. Lillie Popoola African Student Scholarship: Established by UO alumnus Dapo Popoola '71 and his wife Lillie. One scholarship of approximately $1,000 may be awarded each academic year. New and continuing students from Africa may apply.

India

  • Sushil Jajodia Indian Student Scholarship: Established by UO alumnus Sushil Jajodia, PhD '77. Three scholarship awards of approximately $3,000 each may be awarded each academic year. New and continuing Indian students may apply.

Japan

  • Alumni Association (UOAA) Japan Chapter Scholarship: The UOAA Japan Chapter awards a scholarship of approximately $1,000 to a current Japanese student. Applicants must be entering their junior or senior year to be eligible.

Korea

  • Alumni Association (UOAA) Korea Chapter Scholarship: The UOAA Korea Chapter awards a scholarship of approximately $1,000 to a current Korean student. Applicants must be entering their junior or senior year to be eligible.

Nepal

  • Helen and Barney Wood Nepalese Student Scholarship: Established by Dr. Wood, a former UO professor of education, one scholarship of approximately $4,000 may be awarded each academic year to a student from Nepal. New and continuing students from Nepal may apply. Students must also be awarded a tuition remission scholarship from UO to qualify. 
  • Nepali Student Scholarship: This scholarship awards a maximum of $30,000 in tuition annually to one top student from Nepal. Scholarships apply to tuition only and are automatically renewed annually up to the completion of one degree, subject to the scholarship terms and conditions. The Nepali Student Scholarship is awarded to a student in a field of study that enables the student to return home and contribute to the reconstruction needs of Nepal. The award is intended to help educate future leaders who can make positive differences in their home country.

Oceania

  • Maradel Gale/Florence Krummel Pacific Island Scholarship: Established by Maradel Krummel Gale, associate professor emerita of sustainable community development in the UO Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM), one scholarship of approximately $3,000 may be awarded each academic year. Applicants for the scholarship may include new and continuing students from the Pacific Island nations of Micronesia, Polynesia, or Melanisia, including the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Selection of recipients for this scholarship shall give priority to applicants who are fluent in a language indigenous to the islands, such as Belauan, Yapese, Satawalese, Marshallese, Samoan, Pohnpeian, Cook Islands Maori, Fijian, Bislama, or other recognized island languages.

South East Asia (Hong Kong and ASEAN Countries)

  • Charles A. and Jackie Swenson Scholarship: Established by UO alumnus Richard Seow '83, in honor of his Eugene host family. The Swensons welcomed more than fifteen Singaporeans into their home and nurtured lifelong connections with UO international students. One or more scholarships of up to $10,000 may be awarded each academic year to new undergraduate students from Hong Kong and ASEAN countries, which include Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Preference will be given to new undergraduates from Singapore and Hong Kong. This scholarship is renewable each year until graduation, provided the student meets the terms and conditions of the scholarship and submits and application each year.

Thailand

  • Pin Julaphong Thai Student Scholarship: In memory of former UO student Pin Julaphong, one scholarship of approximately $1,500 may be awarded each academic year. New and continuing Thai students may apply.

Other Sources of Financial Aid

  • Pan American Fellowship: The Pan American Fellowship Fund was established by the Oregon Federation of Women’s Clubs (OFWC) in 1946 to assist women graduates of accredited colleges in Latin America pursue graduate work at an Oregon college or university, and to assist women graduates of accredited colleges in Oregon pursue graduate work in Latin America. The fellowship award pays the recipient $325 per month for ten months (September through June).
  • Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund: The Rowe Fund is an Educational Loan Program of the Organization of the American States. It grants interest-free loans to people from Latin American and Caribbean countries to help them finance their higher education at accredited universities in the U.S. There is a maximum of $7,500 per academic period.
  • The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund: The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund is an outreach program of the World Bank Family Network. The fund provides financial assistance to women from developing countries during their studies in the U.S. or Canada. The MMMF annually awards six to ten grants of approximately $12,000 each. The application must be completed online at the World Bank Family Network website.

Online Sources of Financial Aid

eduPASS
InternationalScholarships.com
American Association of University Women
FastWeb
National Science Foundation
Petersons
Rotary International
International Education Financial Aid
 

For More Information

International Affairs: 541-346-3206
International Student and Scholar Services: 541-346-3206
Study Abroad Programs: 541-346-3207
International Advancement and Alumni Relations: 541-346-5851
International Admissions: 541-346-3201