Difficult and unexpected life circumstances or hardships can occur, which makes funding higher education even more challenging.  When this happens, the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences strives to support students with modest scholarships to help them complete the academic year or reach degree completion. 

  • Typically scholarships of up to $500 are available; however, in extraordinary cases additional funding may be awarded. 
  • Hardship scholarship and are independent of any other support or funding students may have received.
  • Students are eligible to apply once per academic year (Summer through Spring).  Note: in a case in which the first application as approved and awarded in an amount less than $500, and a student is experiencing ongoing hardship in subsequent terms may submit a second application in the same academic year for review and consideration (for a total scholarship of up to $500 across the two disbursements).

We understand that the circumstances creating a financial hardship may be very difficult to communicate, and you may not want to fully disclose or do not feel comfortable providing details within the application. If you feel this pertains to you, please reach out to Mary Chuinard if you are an undergraduate student or Robert Allan if you are a graduate student to learn how we can help you proceed with applying for this scholarship. 

If you have questions about the application process please contact Kira Hughes or 541-737-1238.

Any actively enrolled CEOAS graduate or undergraduate student is eligible to apply. Click the link below to apply.

CEOAS Hardship Scholarship Application

The following are a few examples of hardships that have a financial impact and for which you may wish to consider applying for assistance.

  • Income loss due to personal or family illness, death, or other emergency which prevents your ability to afford academic-related expenses.
  • Extreme and unusual expenses or an event has interfered with your ability to earn an income/support your educational pursuits.
  • Inability to pay your student account balance or release a registration hold due to an unusual situation or event. 
  • Inability to purchase books, materials, etc. needed to continue participation in classes due to an emergency or other unusual/ severe event or due to delays in the release of financial aid or other educational funds.

Please note: For all students, if you receive a hardship scholarship the award must first be applied to any outstanding student account balance you may have with OSU. If funding from your award exceeds the amount owed, the remaining amount will be issued to you directly in the form of a check or direct deposit.