The DeLoach Work Scholarship program enables Oregon State University faculty members to support Honors College undergraduates working at tasks that enhance students’ academic training by providing a significant learning experience by providing funds for student payroll. The DeLoach Work Scholarship was created through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Barton DeLoach. Dr. DeLoach was an Oregon State faculty member from 1935 to 1949. Some DeLoach awards will be funded in whoe or in part by the Richard Chambers Environmental Research Fund.


OSU tenured/tenure-track faculty and senior instructors from all colleges and departments are invited to initiate proposals on behalf of named undergraduate students. Other faculty who would like to apply should contact the HC. All Honors College undergraduates are eligible.


The deadline to submit applications for projects in summer and fall terms, 2016 is expected to be Monday, May 16, 2016. See the Monday Message for an official call for proposals.

Use of Funds

DeLoach funds support student payroll at a rate of $10/hour. Proposals nominating more than one student will be considered. The maximum budget is $1,000, and DeLoach positions are required to adhere to all university restrictions and guidelines regarding student employees. Projects lasting two terms are limited to $1,000 in total payroll (i.e., two term projects could have $500 budgeted for each term); if the nominated student becomes ineligible to receive payroll, the award will be canceled. All awarded funds will be made available to the project supervisor's home unit or business center for payment of wages on a new or already-existing position.


Applications for the DeLoach Work Scholarship must be initiated by an eligible faculty member. Application packages entail two components.

1. A one-page letter from the faculty supervisor naming including:

  • The name(s) of the nominated student(s)
  • A reasonably detailed description of the specific work assignment
  • A statement of how the proposed project will support both the student's training and the faculty mentor's research
  • An indication of how the project supports the instructional, curricular, outreach, or diversity goals of the university
  • A plan for supervision
  • A statement of the total funding requested and the length of the project (maximum two terms duration and $1,000 total award)
  • Contact information for the individual who will establish or adjust employee positions for awarded students
  • Approval from the supervisor's unit or department chair

2. A one-page letter from each nominated student that describes:

  • How the project will advance the students educational experience and long-term goals
  • All background or training that has helped prepare the student for the project
  • How any awarded funds will assist the student in pursuing the project opportunity
  • The student's OSU ID number and contact information

A single email to from the project supervisor containing all of the above information is the prefered method of applciation.


The Honors College reviews all proposals and makes award decisions based on available funds and through assessment of the project's impact on student training, relevance to university goals, and furtherance of student-faculty collaboration. Work assignments must relate to the student’s academic training. First-time awardees and proposals involving students who have not received other Honors College funding will receive higher priority. Expected impact of the proposed work on the Honors College, its students, and supporting programs will also be considered. In past cycles, review has been highly competitive, with fewer than 50% of applications receiving funding.


Student awardees must submit a one-page activity report at the end of each term of work. The report should contain a summary of activities and an assessment of the impact of those activities on the student’s academic program.


Kevin Stoller
Honors College
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