National Awards

OSU is allowed to nominate a limited number of students to compete for three important national scholarships, the Truman, Goldwater, and Udall.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Created by Congress for those who intend to pursue careers in public service, defined as “Employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service oriented non-profit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.”  This $30,000 scholarship is for current juniors who have a good GPA and plans to attend graduate school in the areas above.  This award is particularly for those students who have one or two passions relating to public service (as broadly defined above) where it is very clear that you have not only been actively involved in your passion but have truly become a champion for it at the local, state, national, or international level.  

17 (and counting) OSU Students have been named Truman Scholars!


Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Created by Congress to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater and to encourage excellence in the areas of science, engineering, or mathematics/computer science.  This $7,500 scholarship is for current sophomores or juniors who have a very high GPA and plans to attend graduate school in the areas above.  This award is particularly for those students who have a very strong record of undergraduate research in one of the fields above as demonstrated by ongoing/completed projects, reports, presentations, publications, etc.

20 (and counting) OSU Students have been named Goldwater Scholars!


Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Scholarship

Created by Congress to honor Congressman Morris K. Udall and later to include Stewart L. Udall and to award students with career aspirations related to the environment and sustainability.  The $7,000 award is also available to Native American and Alaska Native students who intend to pursue careers in native health care or tribal public health policy.  This scholarship is for current sophomores or juniors who have a good GPA and plans to attend graduate school in the areas above.  This award is particularly for those students who have a very strong record of undergraduate research or public service in one of the fields above as demonstrated by ongoing/completed projects, reports, presentations, publications, etc.

16 (and counting) OSU Students have been named Udall Scholars!


Writers’ Workshop at the Doel Reed Center for the Arts

All successful applicants who are awarded with OSU institutional nomination for the Truman, Goldwater, and Udall will receive an invitation to participate in the annual Burns and Ann Hargis Writers’ Workshop at the OSU Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos, New Mexico.  Significant scholarship support is given to each institutional nominee to participate in the workshop, which is held for four days during the last week of students’ winter break (early January).  OSU faculty and staff from our office join forces to mentor student nominees and to provide feedback on their application materials.

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