Diversity Excellence Scholarship (DES)

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.

For more information please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for additional information on this scholarship. Call 541-346-3479 to schedule appointment with your scholarship advisor.

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 awardees must be in touch with their DES Advisor.

Frequently Asked Questions about about DES academic and service requirements

Diversity Excellence Scholarship Advisory Board

  • Yvette Alex-Assensoh,Vice President for Equity & Inclusion
  • Jim Brooks, AVP& Director, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Michelle Holdway, Associate Director, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Gerardo Sandoval, Associate Professor, Planning, Public Policy & Management | Director, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies
  • Nedzer Erilus, Residence Life Coordinator, Division of Student Life
  • Kelley Howarth, Senior Instructor, Romance Languages

CMS Academic Residential Community

The DES provides it’s recipients an opportunity to choose to live in the Community of Multicultural Scholars Academic Residential Community (CMS ARC) during their first year. The purpose of this ARC is to establish a community of learners to share their diverse identities, cultures, and experiences by living and learning together. By choosing to live in this Academic Residential Community you’ll live with others who embrace inclusiveness and seek empowerment. You’ll also have the opportunity to take classes together that address social justice issues currently affecting the lives of individuals of color and underrepresented groups. 

You must apply for housing to be considered. Learn more about the CMS ARC