Scholarship Opportunities at EOU

It is common knowledge that college students often struggle financially, weighed down by rent, tuition costs, course materials, and everyday bills. Fortunately, Eastern Oregon University offers thousands of scholarships for incoming, current, and returning students alike. 

EOU Foundation Scholarships

The EOU Foundation Scholarships is a broad name for multiple scholarship opportunities under one category. Under this umbrella of scholarships, students of many different majors and minors will find opportunities. This category includes, but is not limited to, students who are majoring in business, agriculture, science, mathematics, nursing, education, and more. A new scholarship has been added to the list, and now students majoring in Agriculture Entrepreneurship can apply before May 1 during the academic year. All EOU Foundation Scholarships are made by private individuals and are considered gifts to the EOU students that receive them. Applications open October 5 and close February 1. For more information visit: https://www.eou.edu/foundation/scholarships/

EOU Military Financial Assistance

Like the Foundation Scholarships, the EOU Military Financial Assistance is another name for multiple scholarship opportunities for students with prior, current, or future military service. Each scholarship under this category has its own requirements that applicants must meet. The Voyager Scholarship is designed for members of the National Guard or Reserves, and funds cover any remaining tuition costs not covered by VA benefits. Incoming freshmen may apply for the Advanced Designee Scholarship if they have not completed any prior college and averaged a 2.5 GPA in high school. There are many more scholarship opportunities for military members at EOU. Application deadlines vary. For more information visit: https://www.eou.edu/fao/scholarships/militaryscholarships/

Incoming Freshmen Awards

For freshmen who have recently graduated and are new to EOU, there is the University Scholar Award, and the Scholarly-Need Award. Both awards are renewable up to 12 consecutive terms and require that a student had a cumulative 3.0 GPA in high school. Application deadlines vary. For more information visit: https://www.eou.edu/fao/scholarships/scholarship-opportunities/

Transfer and Returning Student Awards

Students interested in transferring to EOU have several options for scholarship opportunities. The Transfer and Returning Student Success Award is based on financial need when filling out FAFSA. In addition, the Phi Theta Kappa Mountaineer Award requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA and is only available for members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor society. Applications for the Phi Theta Kappa Mountaineer Award are due before the first day of the first term. For more information visit: https://www.eou.edu/fao/files/2017/03/Transfer-Returning-Student-Criteria-addl-500-033117.pdf

Continuing Student Awards

Available for up to 9 terms, EOU’s Continuing Student Success Award is for students who are not receiving any other EOU-designated financial aid, including the Scholarly-Need Award. Award amounts depend on cumulative GPA. Applications open July 1 of each academic year and are due by the first day of the upcoming fall term. For more information visit: https://www.eou.edu/fao/files/2016/04/Continuing-Student-Success-Criteria.pdf 

Diversity Achievement Award

All students accepted to EOU qualify for this scholarship opportunity. Award amounts range from $500-$4,000. Applications open October 1 and close February 1. For more information visit: https://www.eou.edu/fao/scholarships/diversity-schl-info/ 

EOU 4-County Housing Award

This award is meant to help incoming students with the cost of housing during their first year at EOU. The total for this award is $500 and is evenly divided between each term during the academic year. There is no need to apply for this award. Students are automatically awarded depending on their application when applying to EOU. To ensure that students can keep this award for their entire first year at EOU, they are required to be full time students, reside in the residence halls on campus, and be a legal resident of Union, Wallowa, Baker or Umatilla county. Deadlines for applications vary. For more information visit: https://www.eou.edu/fao/files/2020/10/4County-Award-Criteria.pdf 

For current and future EOU students alike, there are hundreds, if not thousands of scholarships to apply for through EOU to help with tuition-related expenses, and even housing costs. No matter your major, EOU likely has a scholarship that coincides with your field of study. 

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