Awards & Scholarships Archive

The Marine Studies Initiative seeks award and scholarship opportunities for students each year. The awards featured on this page have previously been given to students to recognize their outstanding scholarship and pursuits consistent with the transdisciplinary, collaborative, experiential learning and outreach vision and mission of MSI.

The Marine Studies Initiative (MSI) is pleased to announce new Marine Studies Initiative Student Awards. These awards recognize and reward OSU undergraduate students who demonstrate outstanding scholarship and pursuits consistent with the transdisciplinary, collaborative, experiential learning and outreach vision and mission of MSI. We anticipate MSI Student Awards to be an annual opportunity continuing in future years, the amount dependent upon fund availability and thanks to generous donor support. To advance understanding of the complex social, cultural, historical, and economic nature of the marine environment, preference will be given to students studying these human dimensions of the coasts and ocean.

These Marine Studies Awards may be used to further the student’s marine-related academic pursuits and experiences. Awards can cover expenses related to a student's undergraduate transdisciplinary endeavors, such as specific travel costs (to professional meetings, research experiences, internships, other experiential experiences/courses) directly related to academic pursuits; books and supplies purchases; and memberships to online academic software. MSI Student Awards will be up to $500 per award. Awards will be distributed in one of two ways, depending on the nature of the awarded request:  (a) funds moved into student's OSU account, or (b) MSI Office directly pays for travel, books, supplies, etc.


  • Description of how your academics, activities and work experience fit the mission of MSI:  to create a healthy future for our ocean and the planet through innovative approaches involving collaboration, experiential learning, engagement with society and problem solving (1 page only)

  • Marine-related campus, community or professional activities (included in 1-page description)

  • Explanation of how the funds would be used, including a budget.
  • Preference will be given to students studying human dimensions of the ocean and coasts.

  • To be eligible, you must be a current OSU undergraduate student at the time of funds being awarded.

For full consideration, apply by February 23, 2020.

Closing date is March 8, 2020.

We anticipate announcing awards in mid-March.

To apply:

 Complete the MSI Student Award Application found HERE [CLOSED]

 Questions? CONTACT Cynthia Leonard, MSI Academic Advisor 


The undergraduate degree will explore the dynamic relationship between people and the marine environment—how people affect the ocean and, in turn, how the ocean affects humans. The degree program is for students who seek a liberal arts education and are keenly aware of the importance of the human dimension, broadly defined, of the marine environment in understanding the growing challenges and opportunities for the sustainability of our oceans and coasts. Students will gain expertise and understanding of the social, cultural and economic issues currently faced by coasts and oceans, at regional, national, and international levels, while grounded in foundational knowledge of the marine natural systems. This degree is currently under development, with anticipated availability in Winter 2020.