Pacific Scholarships in Mathematics and Sciences (PSiMS)

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. 

The complete application requires the following:

  • Complete and submit an online application. The application will require two essays. Essay topics are 1) Motivation and future plans for studying a math or science discipline and 2) Overcoming an obstacle to achieve a personal goal. 
  • Submit the names and email addresses of three references via the online application: 1) A science instructor; 2) A math instructor; 3) A third reference of the applicant's choice.
  • Complete and submit an application for admission ( to Pacific University, to include submission of all required transcripts and test scores (ACT/SAT).
  • Complete and submit a Free Application For Federal Student Aid ( and include Pacific University's school code (003212).

A faculty committee will review the applications and will invite finalists to either an on-campus or web-based interview. APPLY ASAP! Review of new first-year student applications begins January, 2019 and all applications must be submitted before the March 15, 2019 deadline. Applications from new transfer are due May 1, 2019. Returning students need to have their applications in by March 15, 2019. 

The scholarship recipients will receive up to $5,900 in addition to other sources of financial aid, and will become a part of a cohort of science and math students given opportunities to explore career options in science and mathematics fields.

We look forward to seeing your application completed as soon as possible. If you have questions about your admission status, please contact our Admissions Office at For answers to questions regarding this scholarship opportunity contact