The Diversity Excellence Scholarship (DES) recognizes the academic achievement and potential of students who, through sharing their varied cultural perspectives, will enhance the education of all UO students and the excellence of the University. The University of Oregon offers these tuition-remission scholarships as part of our diversity mission.

Award Information

Annual award amounts for 2016-17 were $6,500 for undergraduate students and $9,000 for graduate students. These are renewable scholarships based on your grade level. The DES selection committee determines the amount and duration of each award.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
  • Apply for admission by January 15, 2017, if you are an incoming student, or be a currently enrolled UO student in good academic standing.
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the federal processor no later than February 1, 2017. List the UO as one of your choices. The school code is 003223.
  • Meet the DES minimum GPA requirements. All applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater to be considered.

How to Apply

Submit the Diversity Excellence Scholarship Application by January 15, 2017. In addition to the online application, all applicants must complete the following to receive full review:

  • A letter of recommendation written by a school official, teacher, member of a community organization, or employer must be received by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships no later than January 27, 2017.
  • FAFSA submitted to the federal processor no later than February 1, 2017. List the UO as one of your choices. The school code is 003223.
  • If you are an incoming freshman, transfer student, new graduate applicant, or a new law applicant you are also required to submit the following:
    • An application for admission to the University of Oregon submitted by January 15, 2017
    • Official Transcripts must be received by the Office of Admissions by January 27, 2017. (Incoming graduate students will need to provide transcripts to the Office of Admissions even if they have already supplied them to their academic department)

Selection Criteria

Scholarship recipients are selected by the Diversity Excellence Scholarship selection committee based on the following:

  • Past academic performance
  • Participation in campus or community activities
  • Preference given to students from underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities
  • Preference given to students with financial need as defined by federal guidelines
  • Preference given to first generation of the family to attend college
  • Preference given to Oregon residents

Scholarship Renewal

To maintain scholarship eligibility, you must:

  • Maintain full-time student status
  • Maintain a minimum 3.00 UO GPA
  • Make satisfactory progress toward completion of a degree 
  • Meet regularly with a scholarship advisor

Award Notification

Notification of awards for 2017-18 will be mailed during the week of April 17, 2017.

Note: This award cannot be combined with some tuition-remission programs such as University of Oregon staff tuition rates or Graduate Teaching Fellowships.