COVID-19 Relief Funds
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread disruption in employment and other sources of financial support for students enrolled in the Graduate School. In response, we are pleased to announce a new scholarship fund established through the generosity of Ruth Sigal. Ruth previously served on Lewis & Clark’s Board of Trustees, and she and her husband, Elliott, were also members of the Parents Council.
The Ruth L. Sigal Scholarship Fund will provide tuition assistance in the form of scholarships to Lewis & Clark graduate school students who have lost their jobs or other sources of financial support due to COVID-19. Individual awards will range from $1,000 to $3,000 and will be available first to degree-seeking students enrolled in summer 2020 classes. The fund begins with a $50,000 balance and awards will continue until it is exhausted. We know the collective needs of the community far exceed this amount, and we will continue to seek gifts in support of the program.
The review of applications began on June 8 and the submission period is now closed.
This funding is available to reimburse students for expenses incurred directly due to the closure of the Lewis & Clark campus and/or practicum sites and the subsequent costs associated with accessing education remotely. Examples include:
Technology/services required to accommodate the shift to online delivery
- Laptop computer
- Printer, toner, and related supplies
- Internet connectivity (new or upgraded)
- Webcam (for computers without one built-in)
- Access to online materials not previously required for in-person classes
- Materials that would have otherwise been available in-person at Watzek Library
Applications will be reviewed by staff in the Financial Aid Office and prioritized based on a clear link in the funding request between the closure of campus due to COVID-19 and the subsequent costs associated with accessing education remotely.
The opportunity to apply for funding is on-going and will have rolling disbursements at this time. Students are welcome to apply more than once if needs evolve.
The maximum amount that may be approved for an individual student is $6,000. While we will make every effort to make full awards for any reasonable requests for COVID-19 related expenses, the total amount of funding available is limited, so the proposal review team reserves the authority to grant partial awards.
The graduate school is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse student body that incorporates multiple perspectives, cultures, learning styles, and ways of knowing. We offer scholarships to further this goal and assist qualifying students, both prospective and continuing, who need financial support to pursue their graduate education. Scholarships are awarded by individual departments and range from $1,000 - $8,000. Full tuition scholarships are not available.
Scholarship awards and application processes vary per program. Program application materials and financial need may be used to select scholarship recipients, so timely completion of the program application and the FAFSA or the ORSAA* is strongly recommended.
Please use the links below to find information about scholarships, grants and assistantships:
The Financial Aid Office also hosts a website with information about searching for external scholarship opportunities. For example, students who are Oregon residents may be eligible for scholarships sponsored by the Office of Student Access and Completion. Your field’s professional organizations may also sponsor scholarships. Throughout the year we may share scholarship opportunities below:
Information about graduate scholarships that don’t require proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.
Our women graduate students and scholars are encouraged to apply for an American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship. For more information, go to the AAUW website.
*Oregon Student Aid Application for Oregon residents who are undocumented, or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS.)