UO Legislative Scholars

2021-2022 Pilot Program

Become an Inaugural 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.


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 1 of 2 policy briefings and participate in one of the following activities:

  1. Attend one Policy Briefing (attendance at both will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of student financial aid policy and effective advocacy techniques):

First briefing | January 20, 2022, 5-6 pm: Overview of state and federal financial aid policy by UO Government & Community Relations staff and the Associate Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management, and Director of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Second briefing | February 17, 2022, 5-6 pm: Effective advocacy tips and a discussion about what it’s like to serve in the legislature with a State Legislator.

These briefings are subject to slight changes. Final details will be released by January 3, 2022.

  1. Participate in at least one Activity:
  1. Attend a legislative town hall (either virtually or in person).
  2. Attend university day at the Capitol on February 9, 2022 (likely happening virtually).
  3. Meet virtually or in person with Oregon congressional delegation offices about the need to Double the Pell Grant.
  4. Participate in virtual or in-person meetings or hearings related to the Student Voices task force.

About the Program:

This is the first year that UO Government and Community Relations is offering a Legislative Scholars program. The program will be evaluated at the end of its inaugural year. Students, facilitators, and UO staff will be asked to provide feedback in the form of a survey following the program activities, and this feedback will be used to determine whether the program will be continued or expanded in future academic years. 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 November 13, 2021 until December 7, 2021. Applications received by December 7, 2021 will be reviewed by a panel of UO Government & Community Relations staff. Accepted scholars will be notified by email by December 15, 2021.

Apply here!


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