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Scholarship contests help students do it all this summer

Isadora Costa Cardoso smiles and holds an OSU Summer Session brochure in front of her in the Student Experience Center plaza.

“I was debating if I should take summer classes this year, but with this $200 scholarship, I am definitely staying here for the summer,” says Isadora Costa Cardoso, pictured above.

By Heather Turner
Feb. 5, 2016

Whether you want to get ahead in your classes, catch up where you’re behind or just ensure you’re on track for graduation, Oregon State Summer Session is here to help you achieve your goals.

With the flexibility of OSU Summer Session, students are able to study abroad, go on vacations and maintain a job, all while taking classes toward earning a degree.

But even with in-state tuition for all Oregon State University students during summer term, students can always use an extra boost.

That’s where OSU Summer Session is stepping in.

In addition to a T-shirt design contest for a $1,000 summer scholarship, OSU Summer Session is offering multiple $200 scholarships to help offset the costs of taking summer courses in Corvallis or at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Upcoming Warm Up to Summer events:

February 9-10
Learning Innovation Center (LInC)
2-4 p.m.

March 1-2
Dixon Recreation Center
2-4 p.m.

April 5-6
Kelly Engineering Center
2-4 p.m.

April 29 (Mom’s Weekend)
MU Quad
2-4:30 p.m.

May 17-18
Location TBA
2-4 p.m.

“We wanted to set an amount – $200 – that would make a difference to a student’s finances while allowing us to offer a number of them so that more students can have the opportunity to win,” says OSU Summer Session Director Claire Cross.

And it couldn’t be easier to enter. Stop by a monthly Warm Up to Summer event – and grab some free hot chocolate (or lemonade when it’s warm out) – held around campus and answer two quick questions to be entered in the contest.

Can’t make the event? You can enter online. The lucky winners are randomly selected and announced via email and social media.

For freshman political science student Isadora Costa Cardoso – who’s an international student originally from São Paulo, Brazil – earning the first summer scholarship of 2016 was the deal-maker in her decision to attend OSU Summer Session.

“I was debating if I should take summer classes this year, but with this $200 scholarship, I am definitely staying here for the summer,” says Isadora, who won the scholarship after taking one minute to enter during January’s Warm Up to Summer event at the MU Plaza.

With a passion for learning about new cultures, Isadora hopes to study abroad during her junior year, making summer classes even more attractive as a way to get ahead.

“This scholarship will assist me in achieving my dreams for the future by supporting my education,” she says.

And she’s not alone. Psychology student Zoe Alley earned a $200 summer scholarship last May, which allowed her to attend summer classes for the first time.

Zoe Alley, OSU Summer Session scholarship winner, stands in front of the Memorial Union with her thumbs hooked into the pockets of her pants.

Zoe Alley, pictured above, earned a $200 summer scholarship last May, allowing her to attend summer classes for the first time.

“I was so excited,” she says. “I couldn’t believe it. You never think something like that is going to happen to you, but then it happened and it was wonderful.”

Zoe applied the scholarship toward class fees so she could take a second statistics course to fulfill a prerequisite for a class she needed to take in fall term.

“It got me seriously thinking about taking a summer course, which then helped me get back on track for my major,” she said. “Offering this scholarship not only alerts students to an opportunity, but it gives them support in pursuing it.”

With more than 650 undergraduate and nearly 550 graduate-level courses offered on campus this summer, students have ample opportunity to find courses that fit their needs.

“Some students like to concentrate on a particularly hard course during summer – think organic chemistry – when classes are smaller and getting help is easier,” Claire says.

As an artist, writer, musician, sci-fi/superhero fan and all-around humanitarian, Zoe is now on the fast track to graduating this June.

“Taking that stats course, which was taught by an excellent teacher and was a great deal of fun in its own right, helped me stay on track to finish up the degree in psychology that I’m so excited to get,” she says.