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Delson Bridge to the Future Fund

The Graduate School administers an endowment fund created to honor Irma Delson, who dedicated her many years at OSU to serving students from all over the world. The Delson Bridge to the Future Fund is designed to assist students in the final phase of their graduate education to pay research expenses, publication costs, and other incidentals that stand in the way of completing their studies.

Eligibility and Award Guidelines

Graduate programs that become aware of emergency situations involving students at the end of their programs may submit requests for limited assistance to offset financial difficulties and promote degree completion.

Master's and doctoral students in the final phase of their graduate programs may be eligible for this award. Resident, nonresident, and international graduate students will be given equal consideration. Requests may include only students who have an extenuating financial emergency that would result in their attrition.

Awards will be made on a one-time only basis normally during a student's final term in the graduate program, and are intended to help defray the cost of degree completion. Awards up to $500 per recipient may be made.

Nomination Procedure

Students may not apply directly for financial assistance under this program. Departments and programs may submit nominations to the Graduate School on behalf of graduate students who are facing a critical financial emergency that could impede degree completion. Departments and programs are asked to make requests for only the most compelling circumstances.

Please submit the following materials as one PDF document to graduate.scholarships@oregonstate.edu as follows:
DELSON_Nominee's Last Name_Department

  • Letter of nomination originating with either the student's major professor or the department head/chair or graduate program director. All requests must carry the written endorsement of the department head/chair or graduate program director.

The Graduate School expects to fund no more than one student from a given department or program per term. Departments presenting more than one case must rank order their requests.

Nomination Deadline

Nominations must be received in the Graduate School by October 28, 2013, by 5PM. Awards will be determined in November 2013 (tentative).