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Enhancing the endowment for financial support for students is critical to ensuring access to college for all, regardless of their economic standing. It also enables the university to attract a diverse group of highly qualified students, and enrich their educational experiences, through scholarships, student-faculty research grants, and study-abroad stipends. Named endowment scholarships and grants mirror the university's commitment to student access, the recognition of scholarly achievement, and a commitment to global education.

Global Study Opportunities

Study-abroad scholarships for low-income students who otherwise might not be able to take advantage of study-abroad opportunities.

Global Scholar Grant Program

Supported by single or multiple donors, an endowment of $1 million would provide $50,000 a year for one or more upper-division students' tuition, room and board, travel, and research.

PLU Achiever Opportunity grant

A $500,000 endowment provides full tuition or $25,000 per year for low-income and/or students of color to encourage academic accomplishment and help ensure access to college. The scholarships are awarded to students who show the promise of success.

Regents' Scholarships

A $500,000 endowment supports the most prestigious university scholarship offered to high ability, incoming first-year students and is continued annually, full tuition or $25,000 a year.

President's Scholarship

A $325,000 endowment recognizes outstanding academic achievement in the classroom and beyond at $16,000 a year.

Academic Merit Scholarships

A $100,000 endowment provides $5,000 per year to recognize and support academically meritorious students.

Donor-Designated Scholarships

A $25,000 (minimum) endowment provides scholarship support at $1,250 a year for a student in a particular major or course of study. Donors help determine the criteria for students receiving scholarship support from the endowment, typically named in their or a loved one's honor or memory.

Take Back the Tap Bottles

Students are leaders in campus sustainability efforts PLU has garnered a prestigious A- grade on the College Sustainability Report Card for 2010, as measured by the Sustainable Endowments Institute. PLU was one of only 26 colleges or universities – including Stanford and Harvard – to receive the highest grade awarded by the institute. Student-initiated sustainability projects were also considered in the report – things like PLU's "Take back the tap" program, and the university's sustainability fellowships. For reasons like these, PLU was considered an overall college leader in sustainability practices among the 332 colleges that were a part of the report.

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