The College of Agricultural Sciences prepares the next generation of leaders in the fields of food, agriculture, natural resources, and life sciences.

Our students aspire to become leaders who solve society’s most pressing challenges and create new opportunities for the future.

Student learning is focused on mastery of STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), integrating research and extension with hands-on experiences in laboratories and field locations across Oregon and the world.

OSU president Ed Ray has challenged the university to improve graduation rates and retention rates, and to reduce financial barriers to higher education for all Oregonians.

Meeting that challenge, the College of Agricultural Sciences has three priorities for student success:

- Experiential learning for transformative education
- Access and meeting the full cost of a college education
- Recruitment and retention of high-achieving Oregonians

Your investment in student success can make a difference

E.R. Jackman Friends and Alumni encourage lifetime relationships between OSU, the College of Agricultural Sciences, and its students, alumni, and friends. They support students pursuing undergraduate research and on-the-job internships. They offer tuition scholarships and allocate funds to more than 20 student clubs associated with the College, to support service projects, educational forums, and community outreach.

Global Experience Fund helps ensure that deserving students are able to experience a global education and make a positive impact, both while they are abroad and when they return home.

Dean’s Fund for Excellence in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources provides much needed support to ensure that College of Agricultural Sciences students graduate with learning experiences that prepare them to be successful in their lives and careers.

Experiential Learning Fund helps students apply what they learn in real-world settings and develop career-ready skills. Experiences include research, internships, service learning, studying abroad, and leadership development.

College of Agricultural Sciences Leadership Academy provides a year-long professional development experience for students. These students become lifelong learners and leaders in their fields, with concern for humanity, motivation for excellence, and an ability to create a positive future.

Internship opportunities challenge students to roll up their sleeves and experience education through hands-on-practice in research and industry, where they develop skills in leadership, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and team-work.

Named Endowed or Current Support Scholarships. Every gift can change a student’s life. Scolarships can support travel to conferences, mini-grants for emergencies, and many other ways to help students succeed in college and beyond.

You can choose to take a near-term or long-term approach with your gift. A current support award has an immediate effect on a student because your total gift is available right away. An endowed scholarship or fellowship is invested to generate regular payments.

Current support awards:

$1,000 helps a student overcome an emergency that might otherwise lead to a drop out.

$4,000 supports a student in a 10-week internship in your business or organization.

$10,000 supports tuition, fees, and books for one year for one student.


Endowments provide on-going support to students in pursuit of their education in the College of Agricultural Sciences. While gifts of all sizes are welcome, you may create a named endowment with a commitment of $25,000 or more to further the success of these outstanding scholars.

The approximate cost of student success

Resident tuition & fees $10,000

Living expenses, supplies, etc. $12,000

Study abroad (semester) $13,000

Faculty-led global experience $1,000–$5,000

Off-campus internship $4,000

On-campus research experience $1,000

Three priorities for student success:

Experiential learning for transformative education

Students are more successful when they are engaged in their education. A central part of our academic program is experiential learning and leadership, offering each student the opportunity to participate in research, internships, service learning, global experiences, and leadership development.

National studies have shown that students who are engaged in experiential learning have increased graduation rates, retention, and performance. At OSU, the average six-year graduation rate is about 64%, while the graduation rate for students engaged in experiential learning is over 80%. As learning-by-doing increases, graduation rates increase to over 90%.

While participation in experiential learning can benefit all students, the effects may be even greater for students who begin college at lower achievement levels, as first generation, or for students of color.

To increase student success, the College will:

  • enable every student at least one experiential learning opportunity,
  • ensure quality learning experiences through effective design of outcomes, reflection, and assessment,
  • integrate experiential learning into all core curricula,
  • track student participation and benefits from experiential learning.

To achieve these goals we will seek additional internship partners and resources for students.
Goal: $2M

Access for all students

For many students, access to higher education remains elusive because of cost. The average Oregon undergraduate has an unmet need at OSU of $7,256. Gathering the financial resources to attend OSU can be particularly challenging for first generation college-bound students, and those from underrepresented populations or low income.

To increase student success, the College will:

  • direct additional existing scholarships for intentional recruitment of students from these groups,
  • use existing and new funds for first-year retention scholarships for those populations most at risk of not returning,
  • seek funds for recruitment scholarships for students transferring from Oregon community colleges to CAS,
  • direct funds toward emergency mini-grants for students who are at risk of “stopping-out” within 3 terms of completing their studies.

To achieve these goals we will seek additional scholarships to lower the burden of college expenses.
Goal: $4M

Recruitment and retention of high-achieving students

The College of Agricultural Sciences attracts Oregon’s most accomplished students interested in STEM related-fields. However, only about 55% of those accepted choose to attend. Reasons for this might include smaller scholarship packages, fewer Honors’ courses, and less direct recruitment by the College.
To increase recruitment and retention of high-achieving students, the College will:

  • increase direct recruitment of high achieving students,
  • increase scholarships for high achieving students, particularly in majors with low percentages of high achievers.

To achieve these goals we will seek additional scholarship funds to offer competitive incentives.
Goal: $2M

How to give:


  • Ben McLuen Senior Director of Development for Earth Systems Sciences 541-737-5495
  • Jack Holpuch Associate Director of Development 541-737-9636
  • Todd Bastian Associate Vice President of Development 541-737-8724


Oregon State University Foundation

College of Agricultural Sciences

The OSU Foundation will send you an electronic mail message confirming receipt of your information. A short time later, you may expect a printed receipt for your tax records to arrive via the U.S. Postal Service.

If you prefer to make your gift over the phone, please call toll free (800) 354-7281 or (541) 737-4218.