Stamps Scholarship (Resident Applicants)

The Stamps Scholarship—the University of Oregon’s most prestigious and generous undergraduate scholarship—is awarded competitively to outstanding incoming freshmen. Approximately ten students, five Oregon residents and five domestic out-of-state students, will be awarded this merit-based scholarship annually. This scholarship is provided by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation in partnership with the University of Oregon.

Award Information
Oregon resident Stamps Scholars receive UO resident tuition, fees, room, and board for four years of undergraduate study. Out-of-state recipients receive non-resident tuition and fees. All recipients benefit from up to $12,000 in enrichment funds to be used over four years to help pursue study abroad, unpaid internships, or other experiences. The total award provides approximately $125,000 over four years.

In addition to unprecedented levels of financial support, Stamps Scholars are guaranteed admission to the University of Oregon’s Robert D. Clark Honors College.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Incoming domestic freshman
  • A minimum 3.85 cumulative high school grade point average on a 4.00 scale
  • A minimum 1300 SAT or 28 ACT
  • Demonstrated leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service, and innovation

How to Apply
The Stamps Scholarship Application is a separate application from the admissions application to the University of Oregon. To be considered for this scholarship you must:

  • Apply for the upcoming fall term admission to the University of Oregon by November 1.
  • Complete the Stamps Scholarship Application by November 15.
  • Submit your high school transcripts and standardized test scores to the Admissions Office by December 1.

Selection Criteria
The following, as shown on the scholarship application or in supporting materials, are considered as part of selection:

  • Academic preparation
  • Test scores
  • Activities and talents
  • Demonstrated leadership, innovation, and perseverance
  • Volunteer service
  • Work experience
  • Four short-answer essay questions:
    1) In addition to being excellent students, Stamps Scholars are outstanding campus leaders. Please tell us about your most significant leadership experience and how it has prepared you for college-level leadership.
    2) Stamps Scholars are known for their volunteerism. To date, which of your community service experiences has been most meaningful to you and why? How does volunteering fit into your future plans?
    3) Please tell us how innovation and perseverance have played a role in your success, either in academics or extracurricular activities.
    4) Please share an activity in which you flourish. Why do you think this is so?

The University of Oregon will interview semifinalists at the University of Oregon campus on January 26. Finalists are interviewed by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation before final selections are made. Selection to receive the Stamps Scholarship is highly competitive. Oregon resident Stamps applicants who meet minimum criteria for consideration but are not selected as recipients will automatically move into consideration for Presidential Scholarships.

Award Notification
Recipients of Stamps Scholarships will be notified by March 15.

Scholarship Renewal
Stamps Scholarships are renewed annually and available for up to 12 terms of undergraduate study over five years (excluding summer terms). For renewal, recipients must

  • Be enrolled in and complete a minimum of 12 UO credits per term
  • Maintain a 3.25 UO grade point average

Resident Tuition & Fees and Room & Board, Enrichment Funding