Multicultural & International Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships for Degree-Seeking Multicultural and International Students

Eastern Oregon University is dedicated to students achieving academic success. The following scholarship listings have been provided with the international student population in mind! Please note, EOU is not responsible for, and does not endorse any of the material on the sites listed below, which do not include an asterisk. 

* indicates institutional; not outside funding source.

EOU International Award*

Eastern Oregon University welcomes students from other countries to pursue higher education and is committed to providing opportunities to assist students in successfully accomplishing academic goals. The following scholarship is designated for new international freshman, transfer, and current EOU students who hold an F-1 visa. Application deadline is February 1, for Fall term. Here is a link to the application

EOU International Cultural Service Award*

The International Cultural Service Program is designed to involve international students in the educational programs of the La Grande and surrounding communities and at the same time assist them in the cost of attending EOU. Awards are highly competitive and preference will be given to those with high academic records of achievement. Recipients of this award receive scholarships ranging from $500-2,500 for the 2017-18 academic year. Submission deadline is February 1,  for Fall term. Here is a link to the application

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The HSF presently offers access to two separate scholarship programs. Their general program, which has run for many years, is available for people of Hispanic ethnicity from underprivileged backgrounds. It is not just for high school students looking to enter college, but also existing undergraduate and postgraduate students looking to further their studies and research – this includes doctorates with a view to carry on into teaching and researching at college. The value of the fund ranges from $500 to $5,000. You have a higher chance of acceptance if you are studying a STEM subject. Requirement: Minimum 3.0 GPA for High School Students. Minimum 2.5GPA for college students (undergraduate and postgraduate). You also need to have completed the FAFSA application. 

Gates Millennium Foundation

Set up by Bill Gates to enable the underprivileged into higher education, applicants must be an ethnic minority within the US and either a citizen, permanent resident or American National. It is a full scholarship fund that can be applied for undergraduate, postgraduate,or doctoral studies. You must have applied for the PELL grant to be eligible. 

Abroad Planet Scholarship Resources

Abroad Planet Scholarship Resources is an online community of international students studying in the United States.

International Education Financial Aid 

IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings, plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.

Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Eligible applicants include the following:

  • Provides the primary financial support for yourself and your dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.
  • Has financial need.
  • Is enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
  • Is motivated to achieve your education and career goals.
  • Resides in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia,
    Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela).
  • Has not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity or Live Your Dream Award.
  • Does not have a graduate degree.
  • Is not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate family of either.
  • Has a Social Security number or Tax ID number. (This is required for tax purposes and is only necessary if you are a resident of the United States. You will not be asked to share this information unless you have been given an award.)

American Association of University Women – International Fellowships

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by September 30, 2016, and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application. Up to five International Master’s/First Professional Degree Fellowships are renewable for a second year. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and sciences. 

 The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund

The MMMF awards education grants on a competitive basis to exceptional women from developing countries who have financial need and are committed to working to empower women and children.Applications are made online at the MMMF website (www.mmmf-grants.org) during periods indicated for each program cycle (US/Canada, South Africa and Latin America). 

American Indian College Fund

The American Indian College Fund was established in 1989 to provide scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native students attending tribal colleges, and to fund and create awareness about the community-based accredited tribal colleges and universities that offer students access to knowledge and skills alongside Native culture, language, and values. The American Indian College Fund also provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending any other accredited public and non-profit private college all across the United States.

 Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC)

The Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC) is dedicated to working with all members of the community to advance the educational and economic opportunity for Native Americans in Oregon and Southwest Washington. ONAC promotes and supports the education, training and cultural understanding of Native Americans. The number of $1,000 scholarship awards will be determined by ONAC’s board each year and will vary, depending upon available funding. Selection is based upon the application submission and student’s demonstrated interest/involvement in Native American activities or affairs. Scholarships are awarded solely at the discretion of the scholarship committee.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation’s largest 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides college scholarships to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) with financial need. Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of APIA students by providing them with resources that increase their access to higher education which serves as the foundation for their future success and contributions to a stronger America. 

APIASF/AT&T Scholarship

As a partner scholarship program through APISASF, AT&T has teamed up to provide a one-time $2,500 scholarship. In addition to the minimum qualifications provided by APIASF, the student must also plan to enroll in a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student.

SR Education Group Graduate Scholarship for Teachers

Teachers are both underpaid and overworked in the United States. In recognition of the contributions they make and the financial challenges they face, SR Education Group is awarding $20,000 in annual scholarships for teachers pursuing graduate degrees. Scholarships will be awarded 4 times a year in the amount of $5,000. To provide our judges with a true understanding of each applicant, he or she must answer two open-ended, personal, and thought-provoking questions. The students whose responses are the most persuasive, compelling, and well-written, as judged by our panel, will be considered finalists.

Udall Foundation

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment. The Faculty Rep. for EOU is Linda Jerofke. To apply for nomination, please contact Linda at ljerofke@eou.edu. For further details regarding the application process and tips on applying, please visit this page.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

At AISES, we invest more than just scholarship support into our students; we are investing confidence, trust and a large community of support and encouragement for our students. Year after year, our AISES scholars bring potential and limitless possibilities for the future of STEM, each working towards advancing his or her opportunities in STEM career fields. Variable application deadlines.

James Carlson Memorial Scholarship

Applicant must be an Oregon resident, be enrolled or planning to enroll full time in a program leading to a bachelor’s degree or a teaching certificate in elementary or secondary education, and demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to African-American, Asian, Hispanic, or Native American applicants, dependents of Oregon Education Association members, or applicants who demonstrate a commitment to teach autistic children.