Scholar Selection Process

How Oregon ARCS Scholars are Selected

The Oregon Chapter annually supports about 22-25 first-year PhD candidates through proceeds from endowed funds, donors and chapter fundraising. In November, the Fund Development Committee determines the number of scholar awards to be awarded and in January the Allocations Committee determines how many awards will be designated to each university and program/department. Major donors may designate a preferred university.

The chapter president notifies the universities regarding how many awards will be available for each of the approved programs. Each university establishes Scholar Selection Committees for the purpose of managing ARCS Oregon allocation.

  • ARCS Oregon expects awards to be used primarily for recruitment unless otherwise approved by ARCS Oregon.
  • ARCS Oregon members do not review candidates records or interview and evaluate the candidates for the Scholar Awards.

To be eliglble to receive an ARCS Scholar Award, candidates must:

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • have a minimum entering GPA of 3.5
  • be enrolled full-time, majoring in fields of science, engineering or medical research

As unrestricted awards, funds may be used in any way that advances scholars' research.

For more information, contact ARCS Foundation Oregon.