Scholarships and Awards

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program (TRiO) prepares qualified juniors and seniors for graduate study leading to PhD degrees. UO McNair Scholars receive comprehensive support to earn undergraduate degrees, complete research projects in their fields of study, and apply to graduate schools. The program’s limited size provides a close-knit community while helping students gain a broad understanding of research and university culture.

McNair Scholarships

ESPRIT Scholarships for STEM Majors

The University of Oregon Experiencing Science Practices through Research to Inspire Teaching (ESPRIT) Program is designed to recruit, prepare, and support UO science majors for K-12 science teaching careers in high need school districts. The program addresses the need for highly qualified science teachers by supporting a summer science research experience, coursework in promoting equity and diversity in schools, and teacher community-building activities. ESPRIT is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program by a 5-year $1.2 million award.

ESPRIT Scholarships

College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships

The College of Arts and Sciences awards various scholarships to both incoming students and those who are already attending the UO, including donor-supported scholarships and fellowships; inclusion scholarships to support students coming to the UO from underrepresented communities; and financial support to assist students in completing an unpaid internship, research opportunity, or service-learning experience.

CAS Scholarships

Financial Aid Department Scholarships

University-wide scholarships are offered centrally through the Office of Admissions or the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

UO Scholarships

Funding for Nontraditional Students

The university offers a variety of scholarships for students. If you identify as a nontraditional student, you may be eligible to apply for the Osher Re-Entry Scholarship or the Tillman Military Scholarship. There are also other financial resources available to help you through your time at the UO. You may also be able to receive credit toward graduation from courses you took prior to entering the university.

External Scholarship Sources

Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarships

Calling all STEM Scholars! Lockheed Martin has launched a new scholarship program to provide opportunities to students who want to build their talents and change the world!

Beginning in 2019, we are awarding 200 scholarships of $10,000 per student, renewable each year. The program will continue to add up to 200 new recipients each year, and will be open to individuals studying engineering or computer science that demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities.

The scholarship program doesn’t end with a check. Mentoring opportunities will be a key component of the program, and recipients will also be eligible for Lockheed Martin internship opportunities following their freshman year in college.

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Current high school seniors with a cumulative 3.5 or above GPA, or current college freshmen or sophomores with a cumulative 3.0 or above GPA.
  • Planning to enroll full-time at an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S.
  • Majoring or planning to major in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Systems Engineering, Math, Physics, Information Systems/Management Information Systems or Information Assurance.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be willing to consider a paid internship with Lockheed Martin following freshman, sophomore or junior year of college, other circumstances notwithstanding. (Note: The internship is not required to receive a scholarship.)

Learn More about STEM Scholarships

Departmental Awards

Each year the Department of Physics recognizes outstanding undergraduate physics students with awards and prizes presented at the final colloquium of spring term:

  • Weiser Research Prize: awarded annually to physics majors for excellent performance on a research project.
  • Weiser Leadership Award: awarded to a physics major who has performed exemplary service to the department through outreach, teaching, and mentoring activities
  • Weiser Projects Class Prize: awarded for excellent performance in the physics project class.
  • Weiser Peer Learning Assistant Award: awarded for exemplary performance as a peer learning assistant.

Undergraduate Recipients (2014-Present)

Jim Clinton Physics Scholarship

Eligibility: Upper division undergraduate physics students in the 2024-2025 school year, with preference for those demonstrating financial need and Clarks Honors College affiliation. Students must qualify for financial need which is determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Important Dates:
March 27 – Scholarship Application Opens
April 26 – Application Submission Deadline
June 1 – Awardees Announced

Award: 2 awards of $4,750 each

Clinton Scholarship