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Oregon Lottery Scholarship

Oregon State University will award Oregon Lottery Scholarship funds in accordance with guidelines established by the 2005 Lottery Legislation, and in accordance with the guidelines and intent of the Oregon University System and Oregon State University. Awards will be administered by the Graduate School.


Qualified students who are regularly admitted and in good standing in graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree programs, including eligible students at OSU Cascades campus, may be considered for scholarship awards. All nominees are expected to have meritorious records. Financial need is not to be determined by the academic program. Once the nomination pool is established, the Graduate School will award one half of program funds on the basis of merit only and one half on the basis of merit and need. All eligible students, international and domestic, may be considered in the merit-only pool. Only domestic students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and who qualify for financial assistance may be considered on the basis of merit and financial need.


Award amounts are variable but normally will not be more than $5,000 per year. Awards typically are made for a full academic year and are non-renewable. An award recipient may be eligible for re-nomination in subsequent years if otherwise academically qualified.


The selection committee will be comprised of members of the Graduate Council, and will be asked to review and rate all nominees and make recommendations to the Graduate Dean for wards decisions. Particular consideration will be given to nominations from departments/programs that provide the nominee with a concurrent graduate assistantship.

Approximately one-half of the available funds will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, and approximately one-half on the basis of financial need and merit.

“Academic merit” is determined by acceptance into a recognized OSU graduate or post-baccalaureate professional program, and by a record of scholarly achievement as demonstrated by grade point average, test scores on nationally recognized admissions tests, letters of recommendation, awards/honors, publications/presentations, demonstrated leadership, and other evidence of scholarly or creative activity.

“Financial need” will be determined in accordance with the federal guidelines established pursuant to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. Only domestic students who have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the coming academic year and have a demonstrated financial need will be considered under this category. Otherwise, they will be considered in the merit-only category.


Nominations must be submitted to the Graduate School by the department chair, head, graduate program director, or dean of the graduate or professional program in which the student is enrolled. Students are not to apply directly for scholarships. Departments are encouraged to nominate underrepresented students of color and women admitted to programs in which such underrepresentation exists.

Departments and programs may submit no more than 3 nominations in rank order and must provide complete nomination packets containing all materials listed below (including transcripts). Incomplete nominations will not be reviewed.

Please submit the following materials as one (1) PDF document using the following file name convention to (TBD):


  1. a nominating letter from the department chair or head, graduate program director, or college dean;
  2. two additional letters of recommendation;
  3. résumé or curriculum vita;
  4. transcripts of all post-high school academic work (note: must be supplied by nominating department/program); and
  5. GRE or other relevant test scores, if required by program.


Nominations must be received in the Graduate School no later than March 11, 2013, 5pm. Awards will be determined by April 5, 2013.