Diversity Excellence Scholarship

About DES

The University of Oregon Diversity Excellence Scholarship recognizes undergraduate, graduate, and Law students from diverse academic and social environments. The students are recognized for their educational achievements and contribution to diversity and inclusion on campus and in their communities. The scholarship is an integral part of the university’s inclusion and diversity mission. Awardees receive tuition-remission with awards ranging from partial to full tuition and fee awards. Both incoming undergraduate, graduate, transfer and law students are eligible to apply. The Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE) coordinates the academic engagement and service requirements for all DES awardees.

DES Academic Residential Community

Provides an opportunity for DES scholars who opt to live in the residence halls during their first year to establish a community of learners. They live on the same floor, enroll in one shared class,  engage in extra and co-curricular activities through-out the year; and interact with diverse faculty in various contexts.
You must apply for housing to be considered. Learn more about the DES ARC.

Community Service

Recipients of  the Diversity Excellence Scholarship (DES) are required to engage in giving back to the community by involvement in community service formally organized by the center or informally via personal initiatives. Other forms of engagement include attending pre-suggested workshops, seminars, conferences or other professional development activities on or off campus. If you are in doubt about what activities may count for your DES requirement, please ask your DES designated advisor or read through the F A Q. To complete this requirement, the student must be in touch with their DES Advisor and addionally complete the reflection log below.

Click here to access the DES Workshop Service Log

Frequently Asked Questions about about DES academic and service requirements

Diversity Excellence Scholarship Advisory Board

Visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for additional information on UO scholarships. Call 541-346-3479 to schedule appointment with your scholarship advisor