UO Legislative Scholars

2022-2023 Program

Become a UO Legislative Scholar!

Are you interested in public policy, advocacy, and politics? Become a UO Legislative Scholar! UO Legislative Scholars participate in policy briefings with senior UO administrators, policy experts, and elected officials, and advocate for increases in state and federal student financial aid, research and innovation, and for policies that positively impact students.


Any student currently enrolled at the UO is eligible to be a legislative scholar. The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Program Requirements

To be considered a legislative scholar, students must attend at least 3 of 5 policy briefings and participate in two of the following activities:

Attend three Policy Briefings (attendance at more will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of student financial aid policy and effective advocacy techniques):

Briefing 1: The State Legislature and Government
November 18, 12pm, on Eugene campus

Briefing 2: State and Federal Policy Issues that Impact Students
January, date and time TBA

Briefing 3: The U.S. Congress
February, date and time TBA

Briefing 4: Effective Advocacy with Professional Advocates
March, date and time TBA

Briefing 5: Alumni Career Panel
April, date and time TBA

End of year celebration
May, date and time TBA

Participate in at least two Activities:

  1. Double Pell Lobby Day (DC – virtual)
  2. Meet with a new legislator or congressional staffer about UO and the value of public higher education (in person or virtual)
  3. Attend a legislative or congressional town hall and ask a question
  4. UO Day at the Capitol (Salem)
  5. Testifying during Oregon Legislature Ways & Means Subcommittee on Education public comment hearings on the higher education budget
  6. Testifying during Oregon Legislature Ways & Means Roadshow hearings
  7. Write an op-ed or letter to the editor
  8. Develop social media toolkit in support of funding for student aid
  9. Participate in coalition advocacy activities using social media (e.g., Instagram, TikTok etc)
  10. Write a policy memo

About the Program:

The UO Legislative Scholars program is a leadership and experiential learning opportunity for students interested in advocacy, policy, and politics. Legislative Scholars act as policy advocates on behalf of the University of Oregon. Upon completion of the program, Legislative Scholars will receive a certificate of appreciation and letter acknowledging their participation in the program. No academic credit is available for this program.

The Program has four goals:

  1. To ensure that student voices are heard in the policy-making process; and
  2. To foster a community of UO student and alumni advocates dedicated to supporting public higher education in Oregon; and
  3. To facilitate experiential learning and professional development in the political and public policy process, across all academic disciplines.
  4. To support UO’s state and federal legislative agendas.

Application Process

Applications will be open from October 10 until November 11, 2022. Applications received by November 11, 2022 will be reviewed by a panel of UO Government & Community Relations staff. Accepted scholars will be notified by email by November 14, 2022. Apply here!


For questions or more information, please contact Kimberly Koops, Associate Director, Advocacy at kkoopswr@uoregon.edu or 541-393-7826.