Scholarships for Incoming Students

To qualify for the scholarships offered by Pacific University Oregon, students must complete the application for admission and be admitted to the university.

If you experience any technical difficulties with any scholarship application listed below, please email the Financial Aid Office.

Academic Scholarships

Pacific offers generous merit based scholarships ranging from $12,000 to $24,000 for students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences. For freshmen, eligibility is based on high school grade point average (GPA) and standardized test scores (ACT/SAT). For transfer students, eligibility is based on college GPA. No separate application is required; eligibility is determined based on information submitted with the application for admission. Students will be notified of merit scholarship eligibility at the time of admission.

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View Academic Scholarships for more information.

Pacesetter Honors Scholarships

The Pacesetters Honors Scholarship Competition, to be held in early spring, is an opportunity for academically talented high school seniors to earn either one renewable full tuition scholarships or 1 of 15 annually renewable $10,000 scholarships ($40,000 over 4 years) by demonstrating their exceptional abilities to Pacific's faculty members.  All participants are guaranteed at minimum an annually renewable scholarship of $1,000 ($4,000 over 4 years).

Participation is by invitation only and invitees will be notified by December 31, 2018. Participants must by admitted by December 13, 2018, have a GPA of 3.7 or higher and submit a strong Pacific essay through the Common Application. Please contact your Admissions Counselor or the Office of Admissions at 503-352-2218 for more information.

NOTE: Transfer students are not eligible to participate in Pacesetter events.

Senior Preview Scholarship Day

These events provide high school seniors and their guests an opportunity to interact with the Pacific University campus and community. Throughout the day you will hear from an Admissions Counselor, meet with outstanding faculty, and tour Pacific's beautiful campus. Attendees who apply and are admitted to Pacific will earn an annually renewable $1,000.00  scholarship ($4,000.00 over 4 years).

View Senior Preview Scholarship Day for more information.

Talent Awards & Scholarships

Dance Scholarship

Passionate about dance? Consider applying and auditioning for a scholarship to pursue your art at Pacific! Dance Talent Scholarships range from $1,000 to $4,000 annually and are available for up to four years as long as students meet program participation requirements.  Application deadline is March 1 prior to the start of the academic year.

Visit the Dance Scholarship Page for more information and the application requirements.

Forensics (Speech & Debate) Awards

Forensics Talent Award | Students interested in collegiate forensics while attending Pacific University are eligible for Forensics Talent Awards. These scholarships are intended to honor both past achievements and future potential in competitive speech and debate. Forensics Talent Awards range from $2,000 to $4,000 annually and are available for up to four years, as long as students maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average and meet program participation requirements. Application deadline is March 1st prior to the start of the academic year. Contact Dan Broyles, Director of Forensics, at dsbroyles@pacificu.edu for additional information.

Forensics Talent Award Application

Visit the Forensics Talent Award page for more information.

Hap Hingston Forensics Award | This award is presented to a deserving participant in the Pacific University Speech and Debate Tournament who decides to enroll full-time in the College of Arts & Sciences for the fall semester following the spring tournament. Contact Dan Broyles, Director of Forensics, at dsbroyles@pacificu.edu for additional information.

Gender & Sexuality Studies Award

Pacific University offers awards for entering students choosing to minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Annual awards of $2,500 are available for up to four years, as long as students pursue a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies and are actively involved in the program. Successful candidates must enroll at Pacific as full-time undergraduate students in the academic year following their admission. An application and interview is required. Application deadline is March 1 prior to the start of the academic year.

Contact Professor Martha Rampton at rampton@pacificu.edu for additional information and eligibility requirements.

Gender & Sexuality Studies Award Application

Math & Computer Science Award

These prestigious awards are for entering Pacific University students who have exhibited both talent and success in mathematics or computer science. Annual awards of $2,500 are available for up to four years, subject to continued participation in the Mathematics & Computer Science Department. Application deadline is March 1 prior to the start of the academic year.

Math & Computer Science Award Application

Contact Dr. William Breslin at breslin@pacificu.edu for additional information.

Pacific Scholarships in Mathematics and Science

Pacific University will award scholarships to new and returning students who commit to majoring in science or mathematics. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years for students in good standing. The scholarships are funded by the National Science Foundation and are for students with financial need who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. At Pacific students must major in one of these fields: biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, mathematics or physics.

See the PSiMS page for more information and application requirements.

Media Arts Scholarship

Renewable awards of $2,500 are granted to selected undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a major or minor in Media Arts and have demonstrated talent and success in the areas of Media Arts, such as Film/Video, Integrated Media, or Journalism. Application deadline is March 1 prior to the start of the academic year.

Media Arts Scholarship Application

Contact Enie Vaisburd, chair of Media Arts, at evaisburd@pacificu.edu for additional information.

Music Scholarships

Music scholarships are awarded on the basis of talent and are offered to music and non-music majors. Scholarships range from $2,000 to $6,000 annually and are available for up to four years, as long as students take private lessons and perform in an appropriate large ensemble (Symphonic Band, Chamber Singers, or Choral Union). To apply, students must be admitted and audition in person or via an uploaded MP3 or YouTube link. Application deadline is March 1 prior to the start of the academic year.

Visit the Music Scholarships page for more information and application requirements.

Philosophy Scholarship

Seniors in high school are encouraged to apply for Pacific’s Philosophy Scholarship in order to be considered for an annual $2,500 scholarship and for the opportunity to present at the Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. For submissions, high school seniors must write a paper between 1,500-2,000 words. Papers need to be of philosophical content, but there are no specific restrictions on subject matter within the arena of philosophical discussion itself. Application deadline is March 1st prior to the start of the academic year.

If you have any questions about paper requirements or the deadline for this application, please contact Dr. Ramona Ilea at Ramona.Ilea@pacificu.edu.

Speech and Debate

See Forensics Scholarships above.

Studio Art Talent Award

The Art Department at Pacific University offers Studio Art Talent Awards to exceptional entering undergraduate students. Awards will be based on past accomplishments and future potential in the studio arts. Qualifying first-year and transfer students will receive awards ranging from $1,000 to $4,000, as determined by the selection committee. Awards are available for up to four years, as long as students meet program participation requirements. Application deadline is March 1 prior to the start of the academic year.

Studio Art Talent Award Application

Contact Terry O'Day at odayt@pacificu.edu with questions.  

Theatre and Applied Theatre Talent Scholarship

Passionate about theatre? Consider applying for a scholarship to pursue your art at Pacific! Theatre Scholarships for entering students range from $4,000 to $6,000 and are available for up to four years, as long as students meet program participation requirements. Questions may be sent to talentauditions@pacificu.edu.  See application for deadlines.

Visit the Theatre & Applied Theatre Scholarship page for more information and application requirements.

World Languages Talent Award

World Language Talent Awards of $2,500 are available for learners of Spanish, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, as well as heritage or native speakers of those languages who demonstrate a dedication to study of their language, literature and culture. Recipients are not required to be a language major. Awards may be renewable for all four years of study, provided that students demonstrate active participation in language and culture courses and departmental activities each semester. Application deadline is March 1 prior to the start of the academic year. 

Visit the World Languages Talent Award Page for more information and application requirements.

Special Interest Scholarships

BPA Science Bowl Scholarship

Renewable awards are given to members of the top three teams that participate in the BPA High School Science Bowl and who are admitted to and enroll full time in the College of Arts & Sciences. For more information, contact Admissions at admissions@pacificu.edu.

Outdoor Adventure Award

Renewable awards are given to select undergraduate students having demonstrated significant leadership in outdoor recreational pursuits. Applicants must show a passion for human powered outdoor adventures. Application deadline is March 1st prior to the start of the academic year.

Outdoor Adventure Award Application

Contact the Director of Outdoor Pursuits, Phil Friesen at phil@pacificu.edu for more information.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships are awarded to selected entering transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa. Recipients must have completed at least 30 semester or 45 quarter hours that are accepted by Pacific, and must have maintained a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average. Awards are $2,500 and are renewable.

Contact Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Tania Hand, at tania@pacificu.edu for additional information and application requirements.

Pacific University Phi Theta Kappa Award Application

Robotics Scholarship

In support of the FIRST mission, Pacific University is offering five merit-based scholarships to high school seniors who have participated in a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) or FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team. This scholarship may be used for undergraduate study in the College of Arts & Sciences and is renewable for up to four years, contingent upon maintaining good academic standing and full-time enrollment. Application deadline is March 1st prior to the start of the academic year.  Coach or mentor letter of recommendation must be emailed to admissions@pacificu.edu by March 1st.

Robotics Scholarship Application

Tom McCall Scholarship

Awarded to select first-year undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences who show an interest in, and continue to engage in, public affairs. Awards are renewable for one additional year. Application deadline is March 1st prior to the start of the academic year.

Tom McCall Scholarship Application

For questions, contact Jeff Grundon, Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, at grundonj@pacificu.edu.

United Church of Christ Tuition Scholarships

Scholarships are available for students who are dependents (as defined by Internal Revenue Service rules) of UCC clergy members. Scholarships are equal to half of full-time tuition. No application is required; eligible applicants should report parent’s UCC clergy status on the application for admission.

United Church of Christ Matching Awards

Matching awards are available for students who receive an outside UCC scholarship. Recipients who have financial need are eligible for matching funds up to $1,500; recipients who do not have financial need are eligible for matching funds up to $500. No application is required; eligible scholarship recipients should report their qualifying UCC scholarship to the Financial Aid Office.

Community-Based Scholarships

Adelante Mujeres Award

Renewable awards are granted to selected undergraduate students who have received services or support through the Adelante Chicas program, or to dependents of women served or supported by the Adelante Mujeres program. Application deadline is March 1st prior to the start of the academic year.

Contact Associate Director of Admissions and Transfer Coordinator, Tania Hand, at tania@pacificu.edu for additional information and application requirements.

Pacific University Adelante Mujeres Award Application

Black United Fund of Oregon ACCESS Scholarship

One Oregon resident will receive a renewable award meeting 100 percent of the recipient's federally defined need, to enroll at Pacific University. The recipient's need will be met with scholarships, grants, federal student loans and federal work-study (employment).

Visit the Black United Fund of Oregon ACCESS Scholarship Page for more information and the application requirements.

Apply at Black United Fund Scholarship Application Page

Early College High School Award

Pacific University awards one renewable award of combined federal, state and institutional gift aid that meet full tuition and fees to a graduate of the Early College High School program at participating Portland Community College campuses (now serving students from Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tualatin and Tigard school districts). Must apply as a current high school senior, and must enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in the academic year following graduation from the Early College High School program. Application and interview required.

Contact Associate Director of Admissions, Tania Hand, at tania@pacificu.edu for additional information and eligibility requirements.

Early College High School Scholarship Application 

Future Connect Next Steps Scholarship

Pacific University awards up to three renewable awards of combined federal, state and institutional gift aid that meet full tuition and fees, plus a standard book allowance to incoming transfer students successfully completing their AAOT degree through the Future Connect program at participating Portland Community College campuses. Application and interview required.

Contact Associate Director of Admissions, Tania Hand, at tania@pacificu.edu for additional information and eligibility requirements. Must enroll as a full-time undergraduate transfer student at our Forest Grove campus, in the academic year following completion of the Future Connect program. 

Future Connect Next Steps Scholarship Application

Girls Gather for Computer Science (G2CS) Scholarship

Renewable scholarships are awarded to G2CS participants who are admitted to and enroll full time in the College of Arts & Sciences. For more information, please contact Admissions at admissions@pacificu.edu.

Pacific University Oregon Promise Award

Pacific University awards up to five renewable $30,000 per year awards to Oregon Promise students transferring to Pacific University each fall.  Student must enroll as a full-time undergraduate transfer student at the Forest Grove campus.  Application deadline is March 1st of the academic year prior to transfer.  This award replaces the academic merit scholarship typically awarded to eligible transfer students (students may receive either an academic merit scholarship, or the Pacific University Oregon Promise Award, but not both). 

Contact Associate Director of Admissions and Transfer Coordinator, Tania Hand, at tania@pacificu.edu for additional information and eligibility requirements. 

Pacific University Oregon Promise Award Application