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 are $6,500 for undergraduate students and $9,000 for graduate students. The scholarship is renewable with the length of eligibility based on the recipient's grade level at the time of awarding. The DES cannot be combined with some tuition-remission programs such as the Presidential Scholarship, University of Oregon staff tuition rates or Graduate Teaching Fellowships.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must apply for admission to the University of Oregon OR be a currently enrolled University of Oregon student in good standing.
  • Establish financial need as defined by federal and state guidelines.
  • Meet the DES minimum GPA requirements. All applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater to be considered.
  • Meet the DES application deadlines.
  • Only domestic students are eligible to receive the Diversity Excellence Scholarship.

How to Apply

Deadlines and processes differ by student status and grade level. Follow proper steps outlined below. 

Incoming Students (students not currently attending the University of Oregon)

Freshman applicants, graduate applicants and law applicants:

  • Apply for admission to the University of Oregon by January 15, 2019.
  • Watch your e-mail for an invitation to enter the UO Scholarship Dashboard. This happens within one week of submitting your application for admission.
  • Complete the online Diversity Excellence Scholarship Application within the UO Scholarship Dashboard by February 1, 2019.
  • Submit an online letter of reference written by a school official, teacher, member of a community organization or employer by February 1, 2019.
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the federal processor no later than February 1, 2019. List the UO as one of your choices. The UO school code is 003223.
    • Note: If you are an undocumented student residing in the state of Oregon you may be eligible to complete the ORSAA, which is an alternative to the FAFSA. Please visit the website for Oregon's Office of Student Access and Completion for more about which financial aid application is right for you. File the ORSAA by February 1 to meet the scholarship application deadline).
  • Submit all academic transcripts to the Office of Admissions by February 15, 2019. (Incoming graduate and law students will need to provide transcripts to the Office of Admissions even if they have already supplied them to their academic department).

Transfer student applicants:

  • Apply for admission to the University of Oregon by March 1, 2019.
  • Watch your e-mail for an invitation to enter the UO Scholarship Dashboard. This happens within one week of submitting your application for admission.
  • Complete the online Diversity Excellence Scholarship Application within the UO Scholarship Dashboard by March 15, 2019.
  • Submit an online letter of reference written by a school official, teacher, member of a community organization or employer by March 15, 2019.
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the federal processor no later than March 15, 2019. List the UO as one of your choices. The UO school code is 003223.
    • Note: If you are an undocumented student residing in the state of Oregon you may be eligible to complete the ORSAA, which is an alternative to the FAFSA. Please visit the website for Oregon's Office of Student Access and Completion for more about which financial aid application is right for you. File the ORSAA by March 15 to meet the scholarship application deadline).
  • Submit all academic transcripts to the Office of Admissions by April 1, 2019.

Continuing UO Students

Undergraduate, graduate or law students already attending the University of Oregon:

  • Complete the online Diversity Excellence Scholarship Application within the UO Scholarship Dashboard by February 1, 2019.
  • Submit an online letter of reference written by a school official, teacher, member of a community organization or employer by February 1, 2019.
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the federal processor no later than February 1, 2019. List the UO as one of your choices. The UO school code is 003223.
    • Note: If you are an undocumented student residing in the state of Oregon you may be eligible to complete the ORSAA, which is an alternative to the FAFSA. Please visit the website for Oregon's Office of Student Access and Completion for more about which financial aid application is right for you. File the ORSAA by February 1 to meet the scholarship application deadline).

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 and state 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

Freshman recipients will be notified by April 1. Nonfreshman recipients will be notified by June 1.

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

Complete terms and conditions can be found here