Future Stewards Program

The Graduate School of the University of Oregon is pleased to announce the Future Stewards Program, designed in cooperation with the office of the Assistant Vice President and Advisor to the President on Sovereignty and Government to Government Relations.  The program will provide an opportunity to work with the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon to help to make graduate education more accessible for their members.  It is our hope that tribal members who have earned graduate degrees at the University of Oregon will be able to return home to become stewards of their communities who will support their traditional culture, foster educational opportunities, and promote economic development.

The Award:

The University of Oregon Graduate School will provide up to two years (six regular terms (FWS), worth approximately $17,500) of tuition support for new or continuing graduate students in masters, or doctoral programs.  Doctoral students may use their waivers to support terms without teaching during the two-year eligibility period. 

Eligibility, Nomination Process and Deadline:

To be eligible to receive a tuition waiver award, students must:

  • Be admitted to a graduate program at the University of Oregon
  • Submit a statement of academic purpose (describing your interests and academic plan)
  • A letter of support from your tribe confirming tribal support by covering all mandatory student fees ($711 per term for 18-19) and providing health insurance

Transcripts and letters of recommendation provided through the admission process will also be reviewed.

Deadline to apply:  September 4, 2018

Selection and Timeline:

Statements of academic purpose will be evaluated by a subcommittee of the Graduate School and the President's Office.  Fellowship awards will be announced in mid September.  Fellowship awards will be awarded approximately 2 weeks after submission of statement of academic purpose and a letter of support from your tribe confirming tribal support. Please submit your statement of academic purpose and letter from your tribe confirming support to Lisa Howard (lhoward2@uoregon.edu). 

For more information, please contact: Jason Younker, Assistant Vice President (jyounker@uoregon.edu) or Janet Woodruff-Borden, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School (janetw@uoregon.edu)


Note for Graduate Students with Financial Aid or Loans
Receiving this award may reduce your financial aid award. Please contact the Financial Aid Office prior to applying for this (and any other type of) support.

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