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Scholarships and Awards

Eastern Oregon University gives out over $4 million to students every year. There are 100+ scholarships and awards available. Take the first step toward your future by applying to EOU today!

To receive EOU Awards or EOU Foundation Scholarships you must have a current FAFSA on file.

Dates and Deadlines

September:

  • September 25, 2022 Application deadline for Fall 2022 term transfer awards.

October:

  • October 1 – Complete FAFSA online for the next academic year  (fafsa.ed.gov).
  • October 1 – Complete ORSAA online for the next academic year (oregonstudentaid.gov).
  • October 1 – Online scholarship application opens for EOU Foundation, ASTEO, Diversity Achievement, and MESA Scholarships for the next academic year.

November:

  • November 1 Early-bird admission for University Scholar/Scholarly-Need Awards.
  • OSAC scholarship application opens up for the next academic year!

January:

  • January 8, 2023 – Application deadline for Winter term 2023 transfer awards.

February:

  • February 1 – 11:59 pm deadline for completed, online scholarship application for Foundation and Diversity Achievement scholarships.
  • February 1 – Admission deadline for priority consideration of University Scholar/Scholarly-Need awards.
  • University Achievement Award still available after February 1st, for freshman.  Complete your admission application today!
  • February 15 – 5 pm deadline for early bird consideration of your OSAC scholarship application.

March:

  • March 1 – Final application deadline for OSAC scholarships.
  • March 1 – 11:59 pm deadline for completed, online scholarship applications for ASTEO and MESA scholarships.
  • March 27, 2022 – Application deadline for Spring 2022 term transfer awards.

May:

  • May 1 – Deadline for OOG Second-Year Guarantee.

June:

  • June 20, 2022 – Application deadline for Summer 2022 term transfer awards.

July:

EOU Awards

You are automatically considered for Incoming freshman awards with your EOU application. Other awards are available for transfer, returning and continuing students.

Remember: to receive EOU Awards or EOU Foundation Scholarships you must have a current FAFSA on file.

Incoming Freshman Awards


University Scholar Award

A renewable scholarship for new freshmen up to $12,000 over four years (i.e. up $3,000 per year).  No SAT or ACT scores are required, but you must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative, high school GPA to qualify.  Awarded until funds are exhausted on a first-come-first-served basis based on your EOU application date.  Mutually exclusive with University Scholar Athlete Award.

GPA 3.85+GPA 3.70 – 3.84GPA 3.0 – 3.69
$3,000$2,000$1,000

University Scholarly-Need Award

A renewable scholarship for new freshmen up to $6,000 over four years (i.e. up to $1,500 per year).  You must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative, high school GPA and a maximum FAFSA EFC of 20,000.  Awarded until funds are exhausted on a first-come-first-served basis based upon your EOU and FAFSA application dates.

EFC GroupsGPA 3.85+GPA 3.70 – 3.84GPA 3.00 – 3.69
< 1,000$1,500$1,250$1,250
1,000 – 5,000$1,250$1,250$1,000
5,000 – 10,000$1,250$1,000$750
10,000 – 20,000$1,000$ 750$750

University Achievement Award

A renewable scholarship for new freshmen up to $3,500 over four years (see schedule).  No SAT or ACT scores are required, but you must have a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative, high school GPA or a GED score of at least 660 to qualify.  Awarded throughout the freshman application cycle, but does not stack with University Scholar, University Scholarly Need, or University Scholar Athlete Awards.  The Transfer & Returning Student Success or Continuing Student Success Awards also cannot be awarded simultaneously with a University Achievement Award.

FreshmanSophomoreJuniorSenior
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
$500$750$1,000$1,250

University Scholar Athlete Award

A renewable scholarship for new freshmen student athletes up to $12,000 over four years (i.e. up $3,000 per year) in place of a University Scholar Award when funding for that has been exhausted.  No SAT or ACT scores are required, but you must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative, high school GPA to qualify.  Applications are submitted by your coach.  Please contact him or her to submit on your behalf.  Mutually exclusive with University Scholar Award.

GPA 3.85 +GPA 3.70 – 3.84GPA 3.0 – 3.69
$3,000$2,000$1,000

EOU 4-County Housing Award

$500 toward first year on-campus housing.  Must be a resident of Union, Wallowa, Baker or Umatilla counties.


You must actively apply for application based awards, which are awarded to qualified individuals on a first-come-first-served basis.  Deadlines vary. Links to each award application are provided in the award description below.

Transfer & Returning Student Success Award

A renewable award up to $7,500 over three years (i.e. up to ~ $833 per term or $2,500 per regular academic year) for new undergraduate transfer students and returning undergraduate EOU students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (includes $500 bonus for having an associate’s degree).  Currently active EOU students are eligible for the Continuing Student Success Award instead of this Transfer/Returning Award.

EFC Group3.75+3.5 – 3.743.25 – 3.493.0 – 3.242.75 – 2.992.5 – 2.74
< 1K$2000$1500$1250$1000$750$500
1K to 5K$2000$1500 $1250$1000$750$500
5K to 10K$1500$1250$1000$1000 $500$500
10K to 20K$1500$1250 $1000$750 $500$500
>20K$1250$1000$750$750 $500$500
No FAFSA$1250$1000$750$750 $500$500
Assoc. Degree $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500

Deadline:  the first day of your first term at or back at EOU. 

Continuing Student Success Award

A renewable award up to $6,000 over three years (i.e. up to $2,000 per year) for active undergraduate EOU students not receiving other EOU awards with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

EFC Group3.75+3.5 – 3.743.25 – 3.493.0 – 3.242.75 – 2.992.5 – 2.74
< 1K$2000$1500$1250$1000$750$500
1K to 5K$2000$1500 $1250$1000$750$500
5K to 10K$1500$1250$1000$1000 $500$500
10K to 20K$1500$1250 $1000$750 $500$500
>20K$1250$1000$750$750
No FAFSA$1250$1000$750$750

Award budget exhausted for 2022-23.  2023-24 application available here July 1, 2023

Phi Theta Kappa Mountaineer Award

One time $1,000 award for undergraduate Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Deadline:  prior to the first day of your first term at EOU.

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative and EOU Rural Scholarship

$5,000 for OTEC members, or the spouse or legal dependent of an active OTEC member, from Baker, Grant, Harney, and Union counties.  PLUS, EOU will cover remaining tuition and fee costs using tuition waivers resulting in full tuition and fee coverage for the academic year for OTEC scholarship awardees.

New freshman planning to attend EOU must apply through OTEC directly beginning November 1.

EOU Foundation Scholarships

You must apply and be admitted to EOU to receive your student ID number and @eou.edu email address prior to applying for EOU Foundation Scholarships.

Remember: to receive EOU Awards or EOU Foundation Scholarships you must have a current FAFSA on file.

The scholarship application is open from October 1 through February 1.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is an EOU Foundation Scholarship?

Scholarships are a great resource to help students pay for their education expenses and unlike loans, do not have to be repaid.  Hundreds of scholarships are awarded to students each year who meet specific qualifications, such as program of student, career goals, and others, designated by the private donor(s). 

EOU Foundation scholarships are for students enrolled in a degree programs at Eastern Oregon University.  The scholarship is applied toward your tuition and fees first and if there are remaining funds you can use them for expenses related to your educational needs, including textbooks.

Am I eligible for a scholarship?

Criteria for Applying: 

  • Must be admitted or enrolled at Eastern Oregon University
  • Completed the FAFSA

    Please note:

If you are considering dual enrollment at another institution, please contact the Financial Aid office for scholarship eligibility information.

Tell me about the selection process?

The EOU Foundation awards scholarships based on specific criteria established by the generous donors of individual scholarships.  Once students submit their application, they are automatically matched to all scholarships for which they are qualified.  The scholarship application requires a personal narrative essay be included as a way for application reviewers to evaluate and award applications.  The promise a student shows is defined as the circumstances a person has faced and/or accomplishments they have made, combined with their sense of direction and educational goals.

Each application is reviewed by volunteer reviewers, who score the application on a 0 to 100 scale for quality and completeness.  Reviewers will not see the applicant’s name, age, gender, race, etc.  

Scholarships are awarded to students with the greatest combined score as determined by their total application.

Due to the high volume of applications, the Foundation only notifies students who are selected to receive an award and does not notify those not selected.  Awarding is ongoing (as students move into different programs, no longer meet certain criteria, etc.), therefore students may be notified during different rounds of the awarding process. 

I am ready to apply! What’s next?

STEPS:

1. If you haven’t already, complete your application for admission to EOU.  You must be admitted or enrolled to apply for Foundation scholarships.  Grab your Student Aid Report (from your completed FAFSA).

2. Login to AwardSpring via the my.eou Portal.  The EOU Foundation scholarship application is open October 1 to February 1 each year.  

  • Example: If your email address is Monty@eou.edu, your Username will be: Monty
  • Your Password is the same password you use to open your student email account. 

3. Once you are logged in to AwardSpring

  • Agree to Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
  • From your Dashboard, click the Start Application button to begin filling out your application (start with the link in the left-hand corner for the general application, then complete the two ‘follow-up’ applications after!)
  • Several sections/tabs make up the entire application. Complete all of them in order to submit your application.
    • Sections that are not completed will display “in progress”
    • Sections that are complete will display “completed”
  • You can start and stop your application as needed

4. Prepare your essay

  • Spend time on crafting a thoughtful narrative essay. Be sure to use your resources!  Have a trusted family/friend/teacher proofread, use spell check, search the internet for scholarship essay tips etc.

5. Submit your application

  • Completing all tabs of your application will enable the Submit Application button in the lower right corner. Click it to submit your application.
  • After completing and submitting the application, you can login to make needed changes until the deadline.

You will be notified of awarding decisions, only if selected for an award Awarding is ongoing (as students move into different programs, no longer meet certain criteria, etc.), therefore students may be notified during different rounds of the awarding process.  If you need any assistance and/or accommodation, please contact the Foundation at 541-962-3740 or email eoufoundation-scholarships@eou.edu.

If you are selected for a scholarship, you must agree to the following:

  • Must write a thank you letter to the donor of your scholarship (we provide you with this information)
  • Must attend the Foundation’s donor recognition event in May (schedules dependent)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Have a FAFSA  on file with EOU each year 
  • Check your EOU email account on a regular basis for information from the College and the Foundation
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