Robert J. Erickson Kaiser Permanente Scholarship

The Erickson Scholarship is intended to encourage the higher education of students of color who are underrepresented in the college system. Each year the student receives a portion of the money to cover tuition, room, board and books. The scholarship, which is worth $3000 per year, is renewable for up to four years provided the recipient continues to meet its criteria. The recipient will be required to work with the University's Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence for academic advising and support. The Erickson Scholarship applications are reviewed by an impartial selection committee, under the guidance of the University of Oregon. Your application is confidential.

You are eligible if you: 

  • Will be a first-time Freshman entering the University of Oregon in the Fall of 2021.
  • Special considerationgiven to students who are Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latinx, or Native American.
  • Able to demonstrate financial need, as determined by the University [complete FAFSA or ORSA].
  • Interested in contributing significantly to the improvement of his/her community, as demonstrated by community service and personal career goals.
  • Academically strong enough to graduate in four years, and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3;
  • DACA and Tuition Equity students eligible.


Headshot of Edgar Buendia Hernandez, the winner of the Robert J. Erickson Permanente Scholarship

2020 recipient: Edgar Buendia

Class of 2024
Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Nutrition
Hometown: Eugene, Oregon
Professional Goals: Become a surgeon 

"Receiving this scholarship means a lot of to me because of the support given. Not just financially but also moral and academic with an advisor. I'm excited to meet other people and be part of this community. ​​​" - Edgar Buendia