Presidential & Summit Scholarships | Chelsea Luiz


Hometown: Roseburg, Oregon

Major: Architecture

Why did you choose UO? I chose the University of Oregon because of the scholarships I received, as well as the opportunity to study in the Clark Honors College and School of Architecture & Allied Arts. The money that the university awarded me allowed me to pursue both of those goals. A huge blessing! And not too far from home either! Another main thing was how quickly the school replied to me with applications and scholarship responses. I got letters and postcards that showed me that it wasn't a one-way street—the UO had an interest in me too. A lot of other schools didn't do that.

How are your scholarships helping you? I received the Presidential and Summit scholarships. Both of these allow me to afford to study in the Clark Honors College and live on campus in the dorms without putting too much financial pressure on my family.

What is your favorite thing about UO? My favorite things so far are the people and the opportunities to be involved. Of the many things that I’ve gotten to participate in in just one term, the best is probably The Good Fight. Every Tuesday night I get to join hundreds of other students in socializing, worshiping, eating, and growing in faith. I've had the opportunity to meet a lot of great people and have—no doubt—created friendships that will last a lifetime (and I'm not just saying that!).

What advice do you have for scholarship applicants? I would tell other scholarship applicants not to give up hope or think their efforts are in vain. It is so easy to tell yourself, “I’m probably not good enough” or “Someone better is going to get this.” That's not true. Have confidence. There is a scholarship for everyone. Putting in the extra effort—even in the middle of senior year or test season—will absolutely be worth it in the long run. Talk to your friends and teachers, check your school’s career center for a list of scholarships, and get online. Scholarships are out there, and there is one for you!

How did you choose your major? I have chosen architecture as my major. Trying to get an idea of what I wanted to do in the future, I spent some time on career websites and job shadowed some people in my community. And the architecture field is what stood out most for me. I loved everything I was learning about it! Plus, the skills and tasks it requires seem to line up with my abilities and interests well. This first term in the program, even the introductory classes have been amazing. I have already learned a lot and enjoyed each of the professors. I don't plan on changing majors in the future, but who knows what God has planned for me!