Scholarships for Incoming Students of the College of Forestry

To provide non-resident undergraduate students affordable access to internationally-recognized degree programs and to help meet employer demand, Oregon State University’s College of Forestry awards over $500,000 each year in scholarships.

Some scholarships for newly admitted freshmen and transfer students will be awarded automatically based on a holistic review of the application for admission. Through this review process, OSU seeks to identify and award students who have the skills, abilities, and drive to succeed at Oregon State based on the following:

For Freshmen Students:

  • Your high school grades
  • Rigor of coursework, considered in the context of your school
  • Class rank
  • Grades in any college or dual-credit courses
  • Information provided in your personal statement on the application
  • Your response to one of our available essay prompts
  • Test scores, if submitted (not required*)

For Transfer Students:

  • Your grades in college
  • Rigor of college coursework
  • Number of transferable credits completed
  • Information provided in your personal statement on the application

New freshmen and transfer students who are admitted to a College of Forestry major are also eligible to apply for the scholarships offered through OSU ScholarDollars. OSU ScholarDollars will begin accepting applications for 2021-2022 scholarships on November 1, 2020 and the application deadline is February 15, 2021.

Scholarships for Non-Residents

Oregon State University will begin awarding Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarships to eligible new students who will be attending the Corvallis or Bend campuses starting fall of 2021. Residents of the following states or territories will be considered automatically for a scholarship that reduces tuition costs to 150% of resident tuition: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Guam, and the North Mariana Islands. WUE Scholarships are competitive and awarded based on a holistic review of the application for admission. Not all students from a WUE state or territory will be offered a WUE Scholarship.

Oregon State University’s Provost Scholarship is awarded based on the application for admission to new non-resident freshmen students who will be attending the Corvallis or Bend campuses. Award recipients typically have an unweighted high school GPA of 3.00 or higher. Priority consideration is given to students who submit their application for admission on or before February 1st; students who apply after February 1st will be considered on a funds-available basis. Awards are renewable for up to three additional years (up to four years of funding total), and they have an annual value of up to $14,000 per year.

OSU’s Diversity Achievement Scholarship is awarded to new first-year students who are actively working to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. Recipients are selected based on their current and past activities that promote and support diversity on their campuses and/or in their communities, as well as their potential to contribute toward building a more diverse campus community at OSU. Applicants whose parents have not completed a four-year college degree and applicants who have financial need will be given preferential consideration and are strongly encouraged to apply. Awards are $3,000 annually and renewable for up to two years total (up to $6,000 over two years). To be considered for this competitive award, students must submit an application and a personal statement through OSU’s online scholarship search and application system, OSU ScholarDollars, between November 1st and March 1st. (Students must have been admitted to OSU before accessing OSU ScholarDollars.)

OSU collaborates with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) to award merit-based scholarships. Students selected as National Merit Finalists who list OSU as their first-choice school on the NMSC application will receive scholarship support totaling at least $2,000 per year for up to four years total. This support may include a scholarship award from the NMSC, a scholarship award from OSU, or both.

Students participating in an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program may qualify for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Scholarship. To qualify, entering freshmen must have scored a total of 30 or higher on the IB exam and complete the IB Diploma. Award offers will be finalized after exam scores are verified in July. Awards are $3,000 annually and renewable for up to 3 additional years (up to $12,000 over four years).

Scholarships for Oregon Residents

Oregon State University’s Finley Academic Excellence Scholarship is awarded based on the application for admission to new resident freshmen students who will be attending the Corvallis or Bend campuses. Award recipients typically have an unweighted high school GPA of 3.40 or higher. Priority consideration is given to students who submit their application for admission on or before February 1st; students who apply after February 1st will be considered on a funds-available basis. Awards are renewable for up to three additional years (up to four years of funding total), and they have an annual value of up to $6,000 per year.

The Presidential Scholarship, OSU’s most prestigious and competitive scholarship, awards up to $40,000 ($10,000 per year, renewable for up to four years total) to new resident freshmen students attending the Corvallis or Bend campuses. To be eligible for consideration, students must be current Oregon high school seniors with a minimum 3.85 unweighted high school GPA and/or a minimum 4.20 weighted high school GPA. Students are evaluated based on a holistic review of their application for admission, with specific attention to their accomplishments, contributions, experiences, and talents; their achievements within the context of their social and personal circumstances, and their participation in activities that demonstrate their academic potential, leadership abilities, and commitment to service. No separate application is required to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship. All students who meet the minimum criteria and apply for admission on or before February 1st are automatically considered for the award.

The Middle College Program Award is available to Oregon resident high school seniors who are first-year OSU applicants and are enrolled in an eligible Middle College Program through a participating Oregon high school and its partnering Oregon community college. The award includes a gift aid package which covers the estimated cost of OSU’s basic in-state tuition and fees through a combination of federal, state, and institutional grant and scholarship funds plus a $600 annual book stipend. Awards are renewable for up to 3 additional years (up to four years of support total). MCP Award recipients also have access to academic and social support through OSU’s EOP, TRIO, and/or LSAMP programs.

OSU’s Diversity Achievement Scholarship is awarded to new first-year students who are actively working to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. Recipients are selected based on their current and past activities that promote and support diversity on their campuses and/or in their communities, as well as their potential to contribute toward building a more diverse campus community at OSU. Applicants whose parents have not completed a four-year college degree and applicants who have financial need will be given preferential consideration and are strongly encouraged to apply. Awards are $3,000 annually and renewable for up to two years total (up to $6,000 over two years). To be considered for this competitive award, students must submit an application and a personal statement through OSU’s online scholarship search and application system, OSU ScholarDollars, between November 1st and March 1st. (Students must have been admitted to OSU before accessing OSU ScholarDollars.)

OSU collaborates with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) to award merit-based scholarships. Students selected as National Merit Finalists who list OSU as their first-choice school on the NMSC application will receive scholarship support totaling at least $2,000 per year for up to four years total. This support may include a scholarship award from the NMSC, a scholarship award from OSU, or both.

Students participating in an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program may qualify for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Scholarship. To qualify, entering freshmen must have scored a total of 30 or higher on the IB exam and complete the IB Diploma. Award offers will be finalized after exam scores are verified in July. Awards are $3,000 annually and renewable for up to 3 additional years (up to $12,000 over four years).