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Scholarships & Awards

The Kate Johnson Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service goes to honor a graduating senior who has made a significant contribution as a volunteer during their years at UP, sharing their time and talent through service and community engagement. Catherine “Kate” Johnson was a music education major at the University of Portland with hopes of being a high school band teacher before her life tragically ended. Her second love was Habitat for Humanity. Kate will always be remembered and honored on the Bluff for her selfless generosity. She embodied the best of UP, and we continue to celebrate her life through this annual award.

2002 Marie-Terese-Ryan

2003 Brooke Anderson

2004 Terry Le

2005 Katie Niemeyer

2006 Thuydung Thi Trinh

2007 Valerie Wen

2008 Michelle Emry

2009 Karen Bortvedt

2010 Jonathan Hiser and Kelsey Rea

2011 Tamara Caruso

2012 Kevin Hershey

2013 Andriana Alexis

2014 Tadeu Velloso

2015 Jaclyn Sisto

2016 Sammy Lopez

2017 Claire Kenneally

2018 Jacob Tressel


Oddo Scholarship

Shortly after his untimely death in 1989, University of Portland President Father C. Oddo, C.S.C., was memorialized with an endowed scholarship fund. Awarded annually to one or two students, they must demonstrate commitment to service as well as service learning. Other requirements include minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need to an upperclassman with any academic major. Application due March 31, 2018. Go to Oddo Scholarship to nominate a student.


Hightower Scholarship

In the fall of 2009, Haiti was devastated by an unprecedented earthquake. Molly Hightower ’09 was serving with Friends of the Orphans in Port-au-Prince and was killed in a collapsed building. Molly’s passion, compassion and commitment to work for justice are her legacy. This scholarship was established in her memory and is awarded to students who exemplify these characteristics.

Eligible students are nominated by the Moreau Center and reviewed by Development and Financial Aid, with final selection by the Director of Financial Aid. Students must show financial need with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preferred upperclassmen who have demonstrated volunteer service (both campus and community involvement).