Wayne Morse Scholars

Wayne Morse Scholars

Informed Debate   Community   Social Justice




“This program awakened my passion for politics.”
—Aleiya Evison ‘17





What Scholars do

Tackle big questions of democracy and governance.
Special seminars PS351: Democratic Dilemmas and PS399: 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


All UO undergraduates who are able to make a 2+ year commitment are eligible. Roughly 25 students per year are selected. Criteria for selection include service experiences, demonstrated interest in politics or public policy, and academic merit.  Applications are due each spring.



Past Scholars

2013-14    2014-15    2015-16   2016-17    2017-18    2018-19


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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