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 domestic freshmen
  • A minimum 3.85 cumulative high school grade point average on a 4.00 scale
  • A minimum 1300 SAT or 28 ACT
  • A significant, demonstrated history of leadership and volunteer service activities

How to Apply

To apply for the 2021-2022 year:

  • Apply for admission to the University of Oregon by January 15.
  • Watch your e-mail for an invitation to enter the UO Scholarship Dashboard. The first invitations will be sent in early October.
  • Complete the online Presidential Scholarship Application within the UO Scholarship Dashboard by February 1.
  • Submit your high school transcripts and standardized test scores to the Admissions Office by February 15.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic preparation as demonstrated by transcripts
  • Test scores
  • Activities and talents
  • Leadership
  • Volunteer service
  • Work experience
  • Four short-answer essay questions

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.

Complete terms and conditions can be found here.