Ways to Give

As our Vision and Mission statements assert, we fully engage the responsibility to educate within, and advocate for, the creative practices associated with architecture, art and design, music, theatre and film. We are dedicated to preparing talented people for sucess and leadership in their creative lives and careers.


The well-being of our community and culture begins with the talent and imagination of our students today. Your gift to the College of the Arts nurtures creative growth and builds a foundation of support for student success in every walk of life.

SCHOLARSHIPS: For many students, scholarships mean the difference between staying in school or not. Scholarships not only provide critical financial support, they also tell students we believe in them, and in so doing, give them the courage to follow their dreams. Complete list of scholarships, here

DEAN’S FUND FOR EXCELLENCE & SPECIAL PROGRAMS: These gifts support prizes, scholarships, our distinguished opera program and unexpected opportunities.

Lincoln Hall, home of the Schools of Music and Theatre & Film, is completing a $37 million renovation. Support the arts, honor a loved one and help us complete this inspired project by purchasing a seat in one of our performance halls at the $250 and $500 level.


The surest way to guarantee the future quality of our built environment is to graduate innovative and well-trained students. You can help. Donors and business partners help our School of Architecture provide financial support and distinctive opportunities for students in our growing architecture program.

Architecture Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was created by faculty and friends of architecture for the purpose of providing scholarships for undergraduate students of Architecture at Portland State University. 


Architecture Intern Fee Award Endowment: This fund was the inspiration of Dean Barbara Sestak to support the professional pathway of PSU Architecture students. As a kick-start to qualified students, this endowment will fund a student’s $100 initial intern record in National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), which is required in order for a student to begin his or her NCARB Intern Development Program.

Utrecht MERIT Scholarship for Architecture: This annual scholarship is generously provided by Utrecht Art Supplies and supports a 1st year graduate student in their 2nd year of a Master of Architecture degree program. Award is based on financial need, GPA and “best overall use                        of diverse media.”


In the School of Art + Design more than 1,200 students engage and create. You can help. Your support helps grow students’ creative minds, their confidence, and builds artistic leadership for tomorrow.

School of Art + Design General Support: 


Graphic Design Scholarship: This fund has been created by donations from friends, faculty and alums to support scholarship for graphic design students in the School of Art & Design.

School of Art + Design Scholarship:


Justin Eyerly Memorial Endowed Scholarship: This fund was established with leadership gifts from the Portland Trail Blazers and the Eyerly family in honor of Justin Eyerly, who was killed in action in June 2004 while serving with his Oregon National Guard unit in Iraq. Justin was an art student and an intern with the Portland Trail Blazers. The scholarship is awarded annually based on portfolio, financial need and grade point average. The selected scholar should demonstrate a creative spirit and show an aptitude for working in multiple mediums.

Visiting Artists Fund:



Robert and Normandie Holmes Endowed Travel Fellowship: The Holmes created this fund in 2010 to provide an art history student(s) with a travel stipend to engage in academic research related to art history outside of the Portland, Oregon area.         

Richard Louis Brown Travel Award in Art History



Inside the walls of the historic Lincoln Hall, magic happens daily – as students sing, strum, drum and perform. The quality and distinction of our music programs continues to grow, in large part, because of you. Our students rely on your support – to attend performances, provide scholarships and help address ongoing special equipment and program needs.




SCHOOL OF MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP: Generous donations from the community fund this merit-based scholarship to support full-time declared music majors. Recipients must participate in at least one large ensemble and enroll/participate in required coursework. A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required.





MARILYN SHOTOLA FLUTE SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship was created by relatives, friends and colleagues of Marilyn Shotola to honor her 30 + years of teaching in the School of Music. Shotola taught flute, music theory, music history, and helped establish the flute studio. The recipient is                                 chosen by audition and must have flute as his or her major instrument.

OPERA ENDOWMENT CHALLENGE: Jeannine Cowles, known affectionately as the "angel" of the university's music program, established this challenge  







Theatre Arts Fund: Contributions to this endowed fund help to support enhancements to Theatre Arts major program activities, such as guest directors, designers, and guest artist residencies.


Film Fund: Contributions to this fund help to support enhancements to Film major program activities, including the annual "Anatomy of a Movie" guest artist residency.


DANCE FUND: Annual contributions to this fund help to support enhancements to program activities, such as guest artist residencies and speakers.


Asher B. Wilson Scholarship: Contributions to this endowed fund help to support a scholarship for incoming freshman majors in Theater Arts.


THEATRE ARTS SCHOLARSHIP: Contributions to this fund help to support scholarships for returning upper division majors in Theater Arts.



Contributions may also be made via check and mailed to the College of the Arts. Please make checks payable to PSU Foundation

Office of the Dean, College of the Arts 
Portland State University,  LH349
PO Box 751, Portland, OR 97207-0751


For more information on how your gift or a bequest can support students in the College of the Arts, please contact Ann Prater, Assistant Dean for Development, at 503.725.3396 or aprater@pdx.edu or Noelle Stiles, Development Coordinator at 503.725.3106 | noelle.stiles@pdx.edu

Image: Recipients of the William Bradford Mersereau, Jr. Endowed Sch(olarship with Janet and Brad Mersereau.