Women’s Giving Circle Grants

In spring 2016 OSU Women’s Giving Circle members announced more than $74,000 in grants to 11 groups and programs at Oregon State University. Their generosity will touch thousands of lives this year. Join the circle and be a part of selecting next year’s recipients.

2016-17 Grant Recipients


College of Engineering Women's Sophomore Research Fellowship – $10,000

As students move through OSU’s challenging engineering program, many opt out following their first year. Studies have shown that engaging students early in research helps them persevere and increases their academic success. Through this grant, 20 recipients of the College of Engineering Women’s Sophomore Research Fellowship will work five hours per week on engineering research projects, each receiving $500 stipends. They will also participate in professional development programming to help them persist and excel in engineering.


Go Baby Go: Undergraduates Empowering Children with Disabilities – $10,000 (renewal)

Go Baby Go is a community-based outreach program in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences that works with families, clinicians, and industry to provide pediatric equipment to children with disabilities for movement, mobility, and socialization. Undergraduates involved in OSU’s Go Baby Go club get hands-on experience as they help modify ride-on cars that children with disabilities can use to explore the world – a unique and deeply rewarding out-of-the-classroom service learning experience. This grant will help engage more students in the program and provide cars to more Oregon families.


Mobile Innovation Lab – $9,000

Students in the College of Business are leading an effort to build a Mobile Innovation Lab equipped with tools, machinery, and hands-on learning activities to get rural, minority, and other underrepresented youth interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. This grant will buy a trailer that will house the new “makerspace”: a place where youth can tinker and innovate, developing new skills and sparking their creativity. OSU students who lead the program will also expand their own knowledge and skills as they guide participants.


Girls in Engineering & Marine Science – $10,319

A year ago Oregon Sea Grant launched Girls in Engineering and Marine Science: a two-day overnight program that introduces middle school girls to a wide variety of STEM-related careers and activities. Participants meet at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and enjoy setting up experiments, collecting data, and building sampling devices – while also learning about real scientific research through behind-the-scenes tours led by OSU faculty and graduate students. This grant will expand the program, incorporating OSU undergraduate students and providing two additional two-day programs.


Supplemental Funds to Pay for Extraneous Licensure Fees – $2,500 (renewal)

Becoming a certified public school teacher has many costs beyond the usual expenses associated with a college education: fees for fingerprinting, state-mandated tests, licensure, and more. For financially strapped students, such costs can create a barrier to entering the teaching profession. This grant supports partial fee waivers for financially disadvantaged and/or non-traditional students, to be matched in-kind by the College of Education. The project is one way the college is working to address the historical lack of teachers of color.


Textbook Cost Savings through Open Educational Resources – $10,000 (renewal)

On average an OSU student’s textbooks cost $1,965 per year. To help alleviate this financial burden universities increasingly are turning to open educational resources: free (or very low cost to print) textbooks and other materials that are available online and free from copyright restraints. Replacing expensive textbooks with free resources helps ensure that no student earns a poor grade, chooses not to take a class, or leaves school due to textbook costs. The University Libraries will award grants to 10 professors of high-enrollment courses who replace high-cost textbooks with high-quality, low- or no-cost alternatives.


Beavers without Borders – $5,000

Initiated in 2011, Beavers without Borders aims to use sport as a vehicle for social change. It offers global service-learning experiences for OSU student-athletes: the opportunity to experience life in a distinct culture, learn about the impact of their work on a community, and interact outside of the university context. This grant supports the 2016 trip to the Dominican Republic, where 13 student-athletes are participating in a community food project. They represent a wide variety of sports, including women’s soccer, football, gymnastics, swimming, and both men’s and women’s basketball.


OSU Student Outreach Opportunities, Healthy Youth Program – $5,240

The Healthy Youth Program at the Linus Pauling Institute provides cooking, nutrition, and gardening education to Pre-K through 12th grade youth in Corvallis. A major component of these educational programs is connecting OSU student instructors and mentors with local youth. Through these hands-on experiences, undergraduate students gain skills beyond what may be learned in a classroom. This grant provides training materials for undergraduate student interns and volunteers, and supports an OSU student worker who helps to recruit them by connecting with campus organizations, classes, and clubs.


Student Organization Officer Leadership Training – $1,500

The Engineering Student Council is comprised of an executive board and a representative from each of more than 35 student organizations in the College of Engineering. This grant supports leadership training to officers from these organizations, giving them tools and inspiration to be successful. The college’s thriving student organizations provide a wide variety of outstanding learning opportunities while also making life at Oregon State fun and memorable – a source of lifelong friends and lasting ties to OSU.


EOP Student Advisory Council and Student-Focused Programming – $8,400

The Educational Opportunities Program provides a welcoming environment that supports the full development of first-generation college students and others from groups who have traditionally been denied equal access to higher education: low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities, veterans, older-than-average students, and more. This grant helps to establish a student advisory council that will contribute to the creation of programs and activities that allow these historically underserved populations to flourish at OSU and successfully graduate.


Pop-Up Multicultural Center at OSU-Cascades – $2,166

OSU-Cascades is building a new campus in Bend and its first academic building will open in fall 2016. This grant supports the creation of a temporary “pop up” multicultural center in the lobby of the new building: a place staffed by student workers where students of color and first-generation students will feel at home. The center will serve as a clearinghouse for information about various campus programs and events relating to diverse populations and help engage the entire campus community in dialogue and learning about diversity.



Previous Grant Recipients