Scholarship Opportunities at EOU | The voice

Written by Jillian Hoefer

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It is common knowledge that students often struggle financially, burdened with rent, tuition, course materials, and routine bills. Fortunately, Eastern Oregon University offers thousands of scholarships for incoming, current, and former students.

EOU Foundation Scholarships

EOU Foundation Scholarships is a general name for multiple scholarship opportunities in a single category. Under this scholarship umbrella, students from many different majors and minors will find opportunities. This category includes but is not limited to students majoring in business, agriculture, science, math, nursing, education, etc. A new scholarship has been added to the list and students majoring in agricultural entrepreneurship can now apply before May 1 of the academic year. All EOU Foundation scholarships are made by individuals and are considered gifts to the EOU students who 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 Foundation Scholarships, EOU Military Financial Aid is another name for multiple scholarship opportunities for students with past, current, or future military service. Each scholarship in this category has its own requirements that applicants must meet. The Voyager Scholarship is designed for members of the National Guard or Reserves, and the funds cover any remaining tuition not covered by VA benefits. Incoming freshmen can apply for the Advanced Designee Scholarship if they have not completed any previous college education and have achieved a 2.5 GPA in high school. There are many other scholarship opportunities for the military at the 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 the EOU, there is the University Scholar Award and the Scholarly-Need Award. Both scholarships are renewable for up to 12 consecutive terms and require a student to have a 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 Scholarships

Students interested in transferring to the EOU have several options for scholarship opportunities. Transfer and return pricing for student success is based on financial need when completing FAFSA. Additionally, the Phi Theta Kappa Mountaineer award requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and is only available to Phi Theta Kappa Honor society members. Applications for the Phi Theta Kappa Mountaineer Award are due by 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 Scholarships

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

Diversity Excellence Award

All students accepted into the EOU are eligible for this scholarship opportunity. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $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 Prices

This award is intended to help incoming students with the cost of housing during their first year at the EOU. The total of this award is $500 and is divided equally between each term of the academic year. It is not necessary to apply for this award. Students are automatically rewarded based on their candidacy when applying to the EOU. To ensure students can keep this award for their entire freshman year at EOU, they must be full-time students, reside in campus residence halls, and be a legal resident of Union County, Wallowa, Baker or Umatilla. Application deadlines vary. For more information visit: https://www.eou.edu/fao/files/2020/10/4County-Award-Criteria.pdf

For current and prospective EOU students, there are hundreds if not thousands of scholarships to apply for through the EOU to help with tuition and even housing costs. Regardless of your major, EOU likely has a scholarship that coincides with your field of study.

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