Competitive Scholarships

Willamette offers several competitive scholarships which can be combined with other scholarships to help cover the cost of your tuition and fees.

Students who apply to Willamette are automatically considered for merit scholarships, primarily based on academic achievement. In addition, Willamette offers scholarships in particular areas of co-curricular talent or involvement. Application requirements vary by scholarship. Students should apply for talent scholarships prior to February 1, 2021.

Students must be enrolled full-time each semester in order to be eligible for a competitive scholarship. Scholarships are available for a maximum of eight semesters, or until the student's graduation requirements are completed, whichever comes first. Applicants selected for an award can expect the funds to be disbursed in the fall semester. Funds will be renewed automatically each year, provided the student continues to make satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their degree (minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, unless otherwise stated by your specific scholarship, and completion of full-time enrollment each semester) and meets the specific requirements of the individual competitive scholarship.

These scholarships are stackable on top of merit awards, but candidates for more than one competitive scholarship may only select one to be awarded, and should be aware of the requirements and stipulations associated with maintaining the scholarship.

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Debate Scholarships

Willamette sponsors an active and extremely successful program for students interested in intercollegiate debate and speaking competition. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of accomplishments in high school, and applicants will be invited to interview for selection.

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Music Scholarships

Willamette's music ensembles and programs are outstanding and we seek talented students to participate at all levels. Students with significant experience and interest in continued participation in composition, vocal, band or orchestra performance are eligible.

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Theatre Scholarships

Students must demonstrate outstanding achievement in theatre and plan to devote major attention to the theatre program at Willamette, but are not required to major or minor.

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Art Scholarships

The Studio Art Scholarship is a merit-based, recurring scholarship offered to applicants with a serious commitment to studio art. Students must demonstrate potential in one or more studio art mediums, declare at least an art minor, and contribute in a meaningful way to the Art Department community.

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STEM Scholarships

Willamette offers scholarships for students majoring in STEM fields (biology, chemistry, computer science, data science, exercise and health science, math, and physics). The program follows a cohort model that includes peer and faculty mentoring, field trips, and tutoring.

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Heatherington Public Health Scholarship

Willamette offers scholarships for incoming first-year or transfer students who intend to pursue public health as a major and eventual career. Heatherington scholars have a record of commitment to public health equity--broadly defined—through involvement in extra-curricular school activities, community service, and/or employment.

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Schmidt Scholars Program

Ronald and Lila Schmidt (Class of 1966) established the Schmidt Scholars Program to help high performing applicants attend Willamette University by removing financial barriers. Schmidt Scholars receive a $7,500 annual scholarship, renewable for a total of four years. To qualify for the Schmidt Scholars Program Scholarship, students must be admitted as a first-year-student to Willamette University, have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $19,500 or less, as determined by the FAFSA (for domestic students), or ORSAA or other FAFSA equivalent (for undocumented students), and submit application materials by February 1st. Preference will be given to students with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.75 or better.

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Dempsey Scholarship Program

The Dempsey Scholarship (first-year award) recognizes aspiring environmental science majors who are academically accomplished, are focused on a career in environmental studies, broadly defined; are currently involved in on- or off-campus activities connected to environmental issues; and who have demonstrated a commitment to civic engagement. The scholarship provides up to $4,000 for one year. After a student's first year they may apply for renewal of the award. Consideration will be given to sophomores and juniors who have maintained a 3.3 institutional GPA and who have declared a major in environmental science. Dempsey scholars are also expected to assist faculty in planning and facilitating certain co-curricular departmental activities during their tenure. Recipients are chosen by Environmental Science faculty.

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