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March 28, 2018

Marion Ballew Thomas Memorial Scholarship – applications due May 4th, 2018

The Department of Ethnic Studies invites applications from UO Ethnic Studies majors and minors and Native American Studies minors for the Marion Ballew Thomas scholarship. The scholarship is provided in loving memory of Marion Ballew Thomas, daughter of Wilrina and Nolan Ballew, and devoted sister of Adolph, Catherine, and Charles.


ELIGIBILITY: This year, Ethnic Studies is offering either 2 scholarships of $500 each,  or 1 scholarship of $1000. This funding will be awarded to culturally diverse, undergraduate Ethnic Studies majors or minors or Native American Studies minors who are engaged in studies that further the development of their social awareness and analytical skills.

Preference will be given to students who:

  1. Have demonstrated financial need for tuition/fees and or living expenses
  2. Have a documented record of community service and engagement; OR
  3. Are minoring/majoring in the natural sciences, the social sciences, peace studies, education, business or planning and public policy in addition to Ethnic Studies.



2017 Marion Ballew Thomas Memorial Scholarship awardee: Perla Alvarez Lucio (also graduating with departmental honors) presented by Prof. Daniel HoSang


Application process

– A short 2-3 page personal statement addressing their focus of study and relevant community work

– Transcripts (official or unofficial)

– One short letter of reference

Applications should be submitted as hard copies to the Ethnic Studies office in the Alder building, room 104.

Students who apply but do not receive the scholarship this year may apply again next year. Students who are awarded this scholarship may apply to renew it until they are awarded their UO undergraduate degrees. Any renewal granted is dependent on funding available for scholarships and the number of all applicants.

Award winners will be announced on Friday, May 25, 2018.

Award distributions will be made during Spring Term.

Questions? Please contact the Ethnic Studies Department at (541) 346-0900 or

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