Scholarships for Current Students
- College of Arts & Sciences for Continuing Students
- Study Abroad Scholarships
- Community Based Scholarships
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) is funded by the federal government and provides currently enrolled U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents with financial aid grants, which can be used for any component of the student's Cost of Attendance or emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care, or child care. Students must demonstrate exceptional need, as determined by the information provided on the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additional eligibility criteria is included in the application.
Application deadline is February 28th, 2021. Distribution of funds will begin after March 1st, 2021. If surplus funds remain after the February 28th deadline, the application will reopen on April 1st, 2021.
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) Application: Application Closed.
Student Emergency Fund
The Student Emergency Fund assists students during a time of crisis where a clear need exists. This fund supplements existing financial resources to help students who are unable to meet immediate and essential expenses because of a temporary hardship caused by loss of a job or benefit, accident, illness, death of a family member, fire damage or a need for temporary housing. Funds do not need to be repaid.
Students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources. This funding is not intended to replace existing financial aid and does not become part of an ongoing financial aid package. The spirit of this funding is primarily to support emergency circumstances and priority is given to students in the greatest financial need. Funding is usually limited to under $500. Award amounts will vary depending on the nature of the emergency, the individual circumstances, and the actual needs of the student affected by the emergency. Please note, the University may not be able to fulfill all requests.
The Student Emergency Fund helps with short-term financial emergencies and is designed to minimize immediate critical needs of students caused by acute financial stress, such as (but not limited to):
- Assistance with food, child care, rent, or utilities
- Emergency or temporary housing
- Replacement of personal belongings or other essential needs not covered by insurance
- Medications or costs related to medical care not covered by insurance
- Transportation costs
- Safety related expenses due to acts of violence or other victimization (shelter, changing locks, etc.)
- Books, tuition, fees, or other school related expenses
Pacific University students enrolled at least half-time are eligible to apply. Funds are limited; in order to qualify, you must demonstrate you have a financial emergency that impacts your ability to succeed at Pacific. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis; submission of an application does not mean you will be awarded.
Note: Student Emergency Funds meet the federal definition of estimated financial assistance; therefore, students receiving financial aid equal to their Cost of Attendance must document their need for additional funding. Your financial aid counselor can assist you with a Cost of Attendance increase request.
Endowed and Restricted Scholarships
Donor-funded scholarships are available for continuing students who meet specific qualifications. Some endowed and restricted scholarships are awarded based on faculty recommendation, and students are notified of their selection in late spring for the upcoming academic year. Some other endowed and restricted scholarships require an application from the student. Endowed and restricted scholarships are generally awarded for one year only, unless otherwise noted.
Students who are selected to receive an endowed and/or restricted scholarship will be given the opportunity to express their appreciation to the scholarship donor.
The Boxer Spirit Award is available to continuing undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences based on consideration of the applicant's personal statement, academic qualifications, activities and interests, and financial need. Award amounts range from $500 to $3,000 and are for one academic year only. Boxer Spirit funds are limited; not all students submitting an application will receive an award. Continuing students may apply each spring for the following academic year. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 1, 2021.
In tribute to her tireless work on behalf of students, the $5,000 Eva C. Krebs 'Make A Difference' Boxer Spirit Award was created to honor a selected student who reflects Eva’s deeply felt social consciousness and desire to make the world a better place. The recipient, through his/her extraordinary actions and efforts, will have made or is making a significant difference in the lives of others or in a community. Priority will be given to a student who has had to overcome barriers, including but not limited to cultural, emotional, physical, familial, political or economic circumstances. Continuing students may apply each spring for the following academic year. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 1, 2021.
Alumni Association Legacy Endowed Scholarship
The Pacific University Alumni Association Legacy Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to students who are children or grandchildren of Pacific alumni and are attending Pacific University as an undergraduate or a student in one of Pacific's graduate programs. Deadline to apply is Monday, February 15th, 2021.
Arts & Sciences Endowed Internship Fund Scholarship
The Arts & Sciences Endowed Internship Fund was created with the input and financial support of the College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Council (CASAC). The Council created the internship fund to provide financial support and opportunities for Arts & Sciences students seeking internship positions. Students seeking scholarships for summer and fall internships are encouraged to apply by May 1st; students seeking scholarships for winter and spring internships are encouraged to apply by October 15th.
Boxer ‘Ohana Scholarship
The Boxer 'Ohana Scholarship is for the benefit of Pacific University students with academic promise and demonstrated financial need who are from the state of Hawai'i. Applicants must be full time undergraduate students with junior standing and a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or full time graduate students with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or equivalent. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 1, 2021.
The Coral Scholarship assists a prospective or current undergraduate student in the Pacific University College of Arts & Sciences who demonstrates financial need, attained a high school grade point average of at least 3.0, or maintains a university grade point average of at least 2.5, and identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or queer. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 1, 2021.
Golden Guard Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Golden Guard Scholarship is a renewable award of $1000 or more that is given annually to a student who is majoring in a field of study in the College of Arts and Sciences with at least a 2.5 GPA, who receives a federal Pell Grant, and who will be the first in their household to receive a four-year college degree. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 1, 2021.
Henry Kaulia Endowed Scholarship
The Henry Kaulia Endowed Scholarship provides financial support to a student with an interest in becoming an educator who is from the state of Hawaii, or who has one or more parents or grandparents from Hawaii. An educator can be any major or minor and examples include teachers, coaches, and athletic trainers. One $1000 award is available to a junior, a senior and an undergraduate alumnus of Pacific who is enrolled in a Pacific graduate program. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 1, 2021.
Newcomer Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Pacific University Newcomer Endowed Scholarship Fund provides funding to help immigrants and refugees in the United States achieve the advantage of a college degree.
The Newcomer Scholarship provides financial support for students who are U.S. residents born in other countries with demonstrated financial need and academic promise. Priority will be given to applicants with refugee or asylum status, who have had to overcome barriers, including but not limited to, cultural, emotional, physical, familial, political, or economic circumstances. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2021.
Arthur E. Schauermann Memorial Scholarship
The Arthur E. Schauermann Memorial Scholarship is a non-renewable award given annually to graduates of Forest Grove High School who will attend Pacific University as undergraduate or graduate/professional students. Prospective and current Pacific University students are eligible to apply. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 1, 2021.
Pacific University Veteran's Endowed Scholarship
The Pacific University Veteran's Endowed Scholarship provides support for veterans who are in good academic standing and have demonstrated financial need. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 1, 2021.
Tuition Free Semester
Pacific’s Tuition Free Semester is intended to allow undergraduate students the opportunity to take advantage of some campus experiences that had to be limited during the COVID-19 pandemic. Complete information and a Tuition Free Semester FAQ is available here.
Pacific University Study Abroad Scholarships
Pacific offers limited scholarships to students who study abroad, either by participating in a Pacific University travel course or an approved semester or year abroad through Pacific's International Programs. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2021.
Semester/Yearlong Study Abroad Scholarships from Outside Organizations
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
- Boren Scholarship Program
- Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
- Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
- Fund for Education Abroad
- Gilman-McCain Scholarship
- Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship
- Japan Student Services Organization Scholarships
- Scholarships Listing
- Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship
- The U.S.-Japan Council Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship
Short-Term Study Abroad Scholarships
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
- Student Senate Travel Abroad Scholarship | Contact Student Senate for more information
The most comprehensive listing of scholarships can be found at the website of the Institute for International Education.
Most of these scholarships require detailed applications to be completed several months prior to the start of a program, so advance planning is essential.
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Scholarship
To provide support and encourage Latino students to continue their higher education, The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber provides annual scholarship awards to qualifying applicants. Applicant must be of Hispanic ancestry, permanently residing in Oregon or Clark County, Washington. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA. Matching awards from Pacific are available to students who receive this award.
Visit Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber's webpage for more information. The 2021-22 application is open from December 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021.