Graduate Student Scholarships for Enhancing Diversity

The Graduate College is initiating a limited scholarship program, starting in the Fall 2013 semester.  The office of the Provost is also contributing funds to support additional scholarships for students in teacher education graduate degrees (MSEd, MAT, MS-ECFD) or graduate certificate programs in the College of Education.  The application deadline is May 9.

For this pilot year, funds will be available to students who are first-generation college students, disabled, or a member of a historically excluded group. Students with disabilities and/or from ethnic backgrounds such as Hispanic, African American, Native American, or Pacific Islander are encouraged to apply.

Awards for 2013-2014

  • Up to 15 scholarships will be awarded, with up to 5 of these reserved for eligible graduate students pursuing degrees/certificates in teacher education.
  • Awards will be $1000 per semester, renewable for up to 4 semesters if in a degree program, or 2 semesters if in a certificate program.
  • Scholarships can be used in Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.
  • Recipients must maintain a 3.25 GPA in graduate classes for renewal.
  • Recipients can be student employees on campus, but can not hold a graduate assistantship or full-time position.


  1. Be a first-generation student, disabled, or a member of a nationally-recognized “historically excluded group”.
  2. Be admitted into a graduate program (degree or certificate, but not an undergraduate student in an accelerated program) by the application date, and enrolled in courses for this program by the start of classes.
  3. Have an undergraduate GPA (total or last 60 credits), or a graduate GPA (at least 9 credits) of 3.00.
  4. Take at least 6 credits / semester (except final semester if fewer are needed).


Application must include the following:

  • The Graduate Student Scholarships for Enhancing Diversity application form and associated documentation as applicable
  • Current Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of career goal and relevant experience to date (1 page limit)
  • Cover letter of interest, highlighting significant achievements or unusual academic experiences (2 page limit).

Completed applications must be received in the Graduate College by May 9, 2013.  All materials (except letters of recommendation) should be received at the same time. These can be submitted by email attachment sent to (preferred), or in hardcopy.

The Graduate Council Scholarship Committee will review applicants and recommend recipients to the Graduate Dean.  Scholarship winners will be announced approximately May 31, 2013.

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