Wayne Morse Scholars

Wayne Morse Scholars

Informed Debate   Community   Social Justice

The Wayne Morse Scholars program is for UO undergrads from any background or major. It provides skills building, service learning, and leadership training to students interested in public affairs and community engagement. Any current UO student or transfer student who can commit to at least two years as an undergraduate in the program is eligible to apply.  

2023-24 application info
Early decision applications were due by Monday, April 17. 
The final application deadline is Wednesday, May 31. Students not chosen in the first round will also be considered in the second round. 

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What Scholars do

Tackle big questions of democracy and governance.
Special seminars PS351: Democratic Dilemmas and PS408: Democracy in Practice. Monthly lunch gatherings to discuss compelling topics ranging from campus and local issues to national and global challenges (free food!)

Explore forms of political engagement.
Annual field trips to Salem, Portland, and other sites to watch the political process and public policy in action

Participate in praxis in real-world settings.
Internships and applied research for upper-level scholars, with modest funding to support them

Develop leadership skills.
Hands-on workshops and training sessions to prepare for the job world and to explore varied leadership styles

Connect with prominent scholars and elected officials.
Backstage PASSes with invited speakers including: elected officials, public scholars, and movement leaders

Join a community of students committed to service and justice.
Fun social events and service days

Current Wayne Morse Scholars

Political Science, Sociology
General Science and Global Studies
Ethnic Studies and Political Science
Cultural Anthropology, Pre-Med
Economics, Political Science
Psychology, Legal Studies
Political Science, Global Studies
Political Science; Business Administration
Political Science, Spanish
English; Planning, Public Policy, and Management
Political Science, Sociology
Political Science
Political Science
Political Science
Earth Science, Spatial Data Science
Anthropology and Political Science
Communication Disorders and Sciences
Political Science
Political Science, Economics
International Studies and French
Mathematics, Economics
Political Science
Political Science
Political Science, English
Political Science
Biology, Business Administration
German and Political Science
Political Science
Global Studies
Comparative Literature
Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies
Economics, Environmental Studies, Chinese
Media Studies, Legal Studies
Global Studies, Latin American Studies
Political Science
Political Science, Global Studies
Philosophy; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Planning, Public Policy, and Management, Political Science
Planning, Public Policy, and Management
Political Science
Family and Human Services; General Social Science
History, Political Science
Journalism; Political Science
Global Studies, Psychology
Political Science
Political Science
Economics, Political Science
Economics; Japanese
Political Science, Business
Philosophy, Cinema Studies


Class of 2022

Class of 2021 

Past years


Give to the Scholars program

Your gift will help Wayne Morse Scholars reach their maximum potential. With the help of our generous donors, Wayne Morse Scholars are able to particpate in field trips, internships, and valuable leadership workshops, and other experiences that encourage their development into well-informed and seasoned leaders. 

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