The International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) is a scholarship program for F-1 international students. ICSP students spend 90 hours each academic year giving presentations about their cultures to audiences in the local Portland area.
In 2003 Portland State was approved to award degrees in Black Studies. That same year the university opened a center housed in the Native American Student and Community Center. In 2004 Fariborzs Maseeh, an alumnus of the university, donated, through The Massiah Foundation, $8 million to the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The college was renamed the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. This was the largest single donation to the university at the time and this gift along with others led to, in May 2006, the opening of a new engineering building, the “Northwest Center for Engineering, Science and Technology”, which houses much of the college. The LEED gold-certified engineering building reflects the university’s increased emphasis on engineering, science and technology. The 130,000-square-foot (12,000 m2) facility includes classrooms, offices and 41 research and teaching labs.
In 2006, Portland State was declared to be the nation’s first Salmon Safe University by the nonprofit organization Salmon Safe. The award was given to recognize campus-wide efforts toward environmental sustainability by treating storm water runoff before it reaches the local watershed.
On June 3, 2008, the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partner Foundation announced Portland State as the recipient of The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration for their Watershed Stewardship Program. The program has led over 27,000 community volunteers donating a quarter of a million hours to install 80,000 plants and restore 50 acres (20 ha) of watershed along two miles (3.2 km) of river. Individual projects have been led and supported by 700 students working as part of class projects, resulting in two master’s theses and three research articles. In 2017, the university was once again recognized by U.S. News as one of the top 10 most innovative universities in the country, in a list of “schools that the public should be watching because of the cutting-edge changes being made on their campuses. PSU has been on the most innovative list for three consecutive years.”
In August 2020, citing the George Floyd protests as well as a police-involved shooting in 2018, university President Stephen Percyannounced that PSU police will no longer carry firearms on patrol (though firearms will still be stored in the public safety office for use in case of an active shooter situation). In case of dangerous calls, Portland police will respond instead. The policy took effect on September 1, 2021.
Eligibility criteria for the International Cultural Service Scholarships
To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following/given criteria:
- Must hold a valid F-1 student visa and be maintaining that status.
- Must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on all coursework at Portland State University.
- Must have at least sophomore status (45 credits completed).
Eligible Countries: International
Type: Undergraduate, graduate, PhD, Post-baccalaureate
Value of Award: $3,250
Number of Awards: Not Mentioned
Method of Application: The Application Form is completed in WorldLink. Log in to WorldLink using your ODIN and under the University Scholarships menu, select “ICSP Application” to begin the application form
Application Deadline: July 15th, 2022 at 11:59pm