Scholarships

Atkinson School Merit-Based Scholarships

The Atkinson School provides merit-based scholarship assistance to qualified MBA students. All applicants admitted to a full-time format of the Willamette MBA program are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit as measured by GMAT or GRE scores, undergraduate cumulative grade point average, experience, potential and the ability of the student to actively contribute to the learning environment of the Atkinson School.

Applicants interested in maximum consideration for scholarship assistance are urged to complete the application process as soon as possible.

Scholarships range from $3,000 to full-tuition. Approximately 60 percent of students receive scholarship assistance. Scholarship recipients are notified of their scholarship award in their letter of admission.

All scholarships require full-time enrollment in the Willamette MBA program. Fifty percent of the scholarship award for the academic year is dispersed for fall semester (August) and 50% is dispersed for spring semester (January). Scholarship awards are not available for summer semester.

Scholarships awarded to MBA students (Early Career, Career Change, BA/MBA) for the first year of MBA study are renewable at the same dollar amount for the second year of full-time MBA study if the student completes all of the following:

  • maintains a minimum Atkinson School cumulative grade point average of 3.3 (B+);
  • passes IKEW during spring semester of the first year of the program
  • maintains full-time enrollment in the Willamette MBA program, and
  • maintains good standing within the academic policies and expectations of conduct of the Atkinson School and Willamette University.

Additional scholarship opportunities for second year students include a selection of competitive scholarships that recognize characteristics such as entrepreneurship, academic achievement, leadership, service, and initiative. Students apply for these scholarships during the spring semester of the first year of study.

Students who pursue the MBA/JD joint program should know that the College of Law and the MBA program award scholarships separately. A scholarship given by one program does not apply while a student is studying at the other program. MBA/JD students who receive scholarship assistance from the MBA program will receive the scholarship only for the first academic year in which they are enrolled full-time in the MBA program.

Endowed and Named Scholarship Programs

A portion of our scholarship funding comes from the generous donations of alumni and friends of the Willamette MBA program who support the education of leaders of tomorrow. Many of these donors received scholarship assistance as a student and their contributions continue the tradition of investing in the future of the next generation of Willamette MBA students.

Scholarship Databases on the Internet

The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid provides access several free scholarship search databases including FastWEB - the Internet's largest scholarship search database.

Essential information for international students is available at Education USA, EduPass and International Education Financial Aid.

Students from Oregon may be interested in the website of the Oregon Student Assistance Commission.

The web site of Willamette University's Office of Financial Aid also has scholarship information and links to various organizations offering scholarships to graduate students.

Scholarship Databases on the Internet

International Students

Students from Oregon

The web site of Willamette University's Office of Financial Aid also has scholarship information and links to various organizations offering scholarships to graduate students.