The AEI understands that English is important to helping people succeed in this global world. We feel underrepresented students looking to develop their English proficiency should be able to study in the Intensive English Program (IEP). The AEI has awarded need-based tuition scholarships to community partnerships, including Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (E-LAW) and Mobility International USA (MIUSA). The AEI is proud to add the Janet Hughes Mersereau Scholarship to our funding opportunities. People with or without disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Funding for the 2023-2024 academic year is no longer available, therefore no applications are currently being accepted. 

Janet Hughes Mersereau Scholarship

The purpose of this fund is to provide annual awards for students enrolled in the Intensive English Program in the American English Institute (AEI) at the University of Oregon (UO). Thanks to a generous donation on behalf of Janet Hughes Mersereau, the AEI is able to award several partial and/or four two-term competitive scholarships to intensive English students. Scholarships apply to the Intensive English Program (IEP) tuition only. Awardees will be responsible for remaining costs, including (but not limited to) the AEI fees (application, testing, etc.), airfare, visa application costs, UO health insurance, UO mandatory fees, and room and board. All costs are available on the AEI website. 

The Janet Hughes Mersereau scholarship asks students to serve as ambassadors for the program, speaking with prospective students about their experience in the AEI and at the UO. Scholarships are based on language ability, academic merit (3.0 GPA), and future goals (per a first draft essay).

Janet Hughes Mersereau and
Brad Mersereau

Students from Brazil, Haiti, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia have benefitted from the Janet Hughes Mersereau Scholarship. Sadly, Janet passed away on August 5, 2019. Her obituary summarizes her rich life and the causes she valued. It is an honor that AEI is among the organizations she funded. 

If you would like to donate to the JHM Scholarship Fund, please click here

Eligibility: Students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 
Selection: Scholarships will be awarded by the submission of an unedited, first draft essay, in which students will be asked to describe their current goals/plans and their future academic and/or professional plans within five years after their academic career at the UO.   
Deadline: To apply, complete the Janet Hughes Mersereau Scholarship Application below and admission requirements by the admission application deadline.

Scholarship Application Requirements

  • Receive admission to the Intensive English Program.
  • Send transcripts from your most recently attended school showing a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Submit a first draft, unedited essay in your own words describing your current goals/plans and future academic and/or professional plans within five years after your academic career at the UO. It is important that the submission be an unedited first draft. Edited essays can be grounds for exclusion. Download JHM Scholarship PDF

University of Oregon Scholarship Information

The UO values the diverse experiences, contributions, and perspectives that international students bring to our campus and the learning environment. To learn about other UO scholarships, visit Scholarships and Financial Aid for International Students.