Diversity Excellence Scholarship (DES)

DES 2017 Collage of Reception

About DES

The University of Oregon Diversity Excellence Scholarship recognizes undergraduate, graduate, and Law students from diverse academic and social environments.

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.

Upon acceptance into the DES program, scholars will be advised by a CMAE advisor to ensure students are meeting DES eligibility responsibilities.

For more information about the application process, criteria, and requirements, please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships link here

For current DES scholars needing advising related forms: DES Toolkit

Award Information    

  • Annual award amounts are $6,500 for undergraduate students and $9,000 for graduate students.
  • The scholarship is renewable so long recipients maintain eligibility requirements.  Length of eligibility is based on the recipient's grade level at the time of awarding.
  • DES cannot be combined with some tuition-remission programs such as the Presidential Scholarship, University of Oregon staff tuition rates, or Graduate Teaching Fellowships.


Diversity Excellence Scholarships: 1998-99 to 2017-18

2,015
Number of students served
  $31,876,218
Total amount of scholarship money distributed

For information on the Diversity Excellence Scholars Abroad information, please go here