Willamette University to Offer Full Tuition Public Service Scholarship

Willamette University will award the Mark O. Hatfield Public Service Scholarship annually to one incoming freshman who exhibits exceptional academic achievement in high school with a demonstrated commitment to public service and a record of leadership in his/her school and community.

The Mark O. Hatfield Public Service Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship, renewable for up to four years, and guarantees an internship in state or federal government. This scholarship will be given in recognition of the remarkable legacy of one of Willamette's most distinguished graduates -- Sen. Mark O. Hatfield '43 -- and of Willamette's commitment to public service.

"Sen. Hatfield exemplifies the compassion, leadership and service that we seek to develop in our students," said Willamette President M. Lee Pelton. "This special opportunity memorializes his years of public service and opens the door for generations of Willamette students to follow in his footsteps."

The Hatfield Scholar will be selected from a field of five finalists by a panel that includes Hatfield as well as other accomplished graduates who have committed their careers to public service. The recipient will be announced on campus as part of an annual public policy dinner and lecture in January. Each of the finalists will also receive a scholarship to Willamette.