Student Recognition Awards and Honors

The Drucilla Shepard Smith Scholastic Award honors undergraduate students who have earned a 4.0 grade point average while attending OSU. The award honors the memory of Drucilla Shepard Smith, a mother of three OSU graduates, including an OSU faculty member.


The E.C. Allworth Leadership Award is given in memory of Major Edward Allworth, who was OSU’s first Memorial Union Director and served in that role from 1924-1963.  It is presented to a student who has demonstrated loyalty, leadership and service to the Memorial Union and its objectives.


The E.C. Allworth Cultural Awareness Leadership Award is given in memory of Major Edward Allworth, who was OSU’s first Memorial Union Director and served in that role from 1924-1963.  This award acknowledges the potential role of students as our society learns to face differences. It is given to outstanding students for exemplary leadership in the development of cultural awareness and the elimination of cultural biases on the OSU campus.


The Michael J. Palmer Award is given in the name of Michael J. Palmer, an exemplary student leader in ASOSU, who lost his life one month after his graduation from OSU in 1978. This award is given to students to acknowledge demonstrated and significant leadership achievement through participation in student governance at OSU.

The Provost’s Literary Prize is presented to undergraduate students for their literary work (fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction). The prize consists of a $500 award and publication of their work for campus distribution.

The Clara L. Simmerville Award honors Dr. Simmerville, who was a Professor Emeritus of International Education, a Foreign Student Counselor, and founded the OSU English Language Institute.  She firmly believed in international education and the necessity for cross-cultural understanding in our independent world and worked diligently to assist OSU students, faculty and staff in understanding other cultures.  The Award is given in her honor to an undergraduate student who has contributed to international understanding through personal relationships, scholarship and research, and involvement in campus or community organizations supporting international understanding.

The Grace Wu Memorial Award honors Grace Wu, class of 1956 who was the former Assistant Director of Personnel Services at OSU. Recipients of this award have made outstanding contributions to the campus and community while showing unbiased leadership, traits exemplified by the late Grace Wu. 


The Clara H. Waldo & A.E. Cummings Outstanding Student Awards are presented to undergraduates, chosen on the basis of academic excellence and superior extracurricular achievements during their college careers.  Clara Waldo was the first woman appointed to the Board of Regents in 1905. She personally gave awards annually to outstanding university women, starting in 1912. E.A. Cummings was a local businessman whose widow created a perpetual endowment in his honor in 1948 for the recognition of achievement of university men.


The Kate Jameson Award for Outstanding Mortar Board Member honors Kate M. Jameson who was the Dean of Women from 1924-1941 and added many programs to the purview of the office, including the Associated Women Students, Mortar Board, and other honorary societies.  This award is presented to a student who exemplifies to the highest degree, the Mortar Board ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.


The Robert MacVicar Award for Exceptional Service to Mortar Board honors Robert W. MacVicar, who served as OSU President from 1970 until his retirement in 1984.  He simultaneously maintained the position of Professor of Chemistry.  During his 14 year tenure, faculty numbers increased by 35%, the General Education budget tripled, and 23 new buildings were added to campus. He demonstrated exceptional, ongoing support for the faculty at Oregon State. This award is presented to a student for exceptional service to Mortar Board and to the university.


The Presidential Scholarship is OSU’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship available.  The program annually selects entering first-year Oregon resident students who show distinct promise in their educational careers and supports them through generous donations from private donors.  While OSU typically has over 1000 students that qualify each year, only 60 students are selected. 


The National Merit Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.  Approximately 1.5 Million students apply each year, with only 15,000 students selected nationwide as finalists. 


Honors and Awards external to OSU


The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers approximately 2,300 awards per year to U.S. Citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means.  The average award of $4000 provides the students the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.  The Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.


The Critical Language Scholarship Program is part of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Launched in 2006, the Program now offers fully funded intensive summer language institutes to just over 600 students per year in thirteen critical foreign languages.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program was created in 1946 by U.S. Congress, and offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad.  The program currently awards approximately 1,800 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.


The Boren Scholarships for International Study provides up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  This award provides students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work experience within the federal government.


The Boren Fellowships for International Study provides up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.   Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  


The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship honors Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country as a soldier, statesman, and U.S. Senator. The program was created in 1986 to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields.  Out of an approximated 1,000 students nominated each year, only about 300 students nationwide are selected for this honor.  The Goldwater Scholarship is awarded by the U.S. Government and is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. 


The Morris K. Udall Scholarship honors Morris K. Udall who served as a Congressman in the House of Representatives for three decades, whose love for the environment and passion for the rights of Native Americans resulted in numerous pieces of critical legislation.  Approximately 80 selected scholars per year receive up to $5000 for school and attend a 4 day Orientation in Tucson Arizona to meet and collaborate with other scholars and leaders on environmental and Native American Issues. 


The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest was established in 1989 in which University junior and senior students from across the United States submit essays on suggested topics or a topic they feel strongly about, provided it is related to the domain of ethics.  The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity was established in 1986 shortly after he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.  The Foundation's mission, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, is to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality. 


The James Madison Graduate Fellowships offers up to $24,000 to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens who demonstrate a commitment to civic responsibilities and to professional and collegial activities. Usually one Fellowship per state is awarded each year.


The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year, 32 U. S. citizens are among more than 80 Rhodes Scholars worldwide who take up degree courses at Oxford University. The first American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904. The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.


The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program is federally funded and state-administered.  It is designed to recognize exceptionally able high school seniors who show promise of continued excellence in postsecondary education. The Department of Education awards funds to a state’s education agency, which make scholarship awards to eligible applicants.  Just over 25,000 students nationwide receive an average scholarship award of $1500 towards college expenses. 


The Harry S. Truman Scholarship recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service.  The 60 awards per year provides students with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.  The Truman Scholarship remains committed to encouraging future “change-agents” of America. Many of those chosen as scholars go on to serve in public office, as public defenders, leaders of non-profit organizations, and educators.


The Marshall Scholarship finances young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.  As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.