The College of Science recognized our extraordinary scholarship students at the annual spring Scholarship Dessert on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m in the Ballroom at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The celebration drew a crowd of about 175 and featured donor and student speakers along with the festive cupcakes, coffee, and tea.
For the 2017-18 academic year, the College awarded more than $906,000 in scholarships to 223 current science students for merit, need and undergraduate research experiences. This represents an increase of nearly 17% more funding for our students. Thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends, the College was able to award 307 College and departmental scholarships and summer research fellowships from among 680 applicants this year. This does not include Presidential Scholarships, Provost Scholarships, and others at OSU.
These students are an impressive and diverse group.
- 58% of them are women
- 30% are also in the Honors College
- 46%, or 103, are minority students
- 65% of them work during the academic year, nearly 10% work more than 20 hours per week
- 28% are first in family to go to college
Scholarships enable the College to attract, retain and inspire top students, most of whom go on to high achieving careers in industry, graduate school, medical school and other professional programs after graduation. Oregon State’s financial need-based scholarships also help academically talented low-income and first-generation students from Oregon and elsewhere to stay and excel in college.
Dean Sastry G. Pantula took a moment to recognize two alumni and long-time supporters who passed away this year, Chuck Merrill and Ben Whiteley. Chuck and his wife Kay, along with daughter Lisa and son-in-law Lee, have supported scholarships through the Merrill Family Foundation. Their scholarships represent nearly one-third of all College of Science scholarships. Ben Whiteley, an OSU business alumnus, and his wife Elaine Yunker, daughter of OSU Physics Professor Edwin Yunker, have generously supported the Yunker Lecture series, and the Whiteley Materials Science Fellowships in our College