Presidential Scholarship

Presidential Scholarships are awarded competitively to outstanding incoming freshmen from Oregon. Approximately 50 freshmen receive this scholarship each year, and the awarding process is highly selective. Presidential Scholarships are made possible by the generous contributions of donors to the University of Oregon scholarship fund.

Award Information

Presidential Scholars receive up to $36,000 over four years of undergraduate study—$9,000 per year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Oregon residents who graduate from an Oregon high school
  • Incoming freshmen
  • A minimum 3.85 cumulative high school grade point average on a 4.00 scale
  • A minimum 1240 old SAT (math and critical reading scores only) or 1300 new SAT or 28 ACT. (Click here for more information about new vs old SAT and superscoring)
  • A significant, demonstrated history of leadership and volunteer service activities

How to Apply

  • Complete the online Presidential Scholarship Application by January 15, 2017. The 2017-18 Presidential Scholarship application is now closed.
  • Apply for admission to the University of Oregon by January 15, 2017.
  • Submit your high school transcripts and standardized test scores to the Admissions Office by February 15, 2017. Scores from the late January SAT will be accepted.

Due to the fact that many areas throughout the country had weather conditions that caused school closures this past December, we have been alerted by many schools that some fall terms were extended. In order to adjust for these school calendar changes, we are extending the Document Deadline for high school transcripts only by a week to Wednesday, February 22.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic preparation as demonstrated by transcripts
  • Test scores
  • Activities and talents
  • Leadership
  • Volunteer service
  • Work experience

Scholarship Renewal

Presidential Scholarships are renewed annually for up to 12 terms of undergraduate study over five years (excluding summer terms). For renewal, recipients must

  • Be enrolled in and complete a minimum of 12 UO credits per term
  • Maintain a 3.25 UO grade point average

Award Notification

Recipients of Presidential Scholarships will be notified by April 1, 2017.