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The purpose of the Graduate Scholar Award is to provide financial support in the form of tuition waivers to academically qualified individuals underrepresented in graduate programs. There are up to 15 awards available each year.


Applicants must (1) be enrolled in at least 3 graduate hours as classified (degree-seeking) masters students, (2) be in good academic standing, and (3) be members of groups underrepresented nationally in academic disciplines.


The Graduate Scholar Award is a waiver of tuition for up to a maximum of two academic terms (fall, spring or summer). The award may be received only once and used for only one graduate degree. Award recipients are not eligible to receive a subsequent award if pursuing another degree. Recipients are responsible for fees.


Applicants must complete the attached Cover Sheet and have a letter of recommendation from either the Graduate Program Director or Department Chair. The deadline to apply is July 15 or the next business day.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be selected based upon the following factors:

  • the recommendation of the academic unit as to the applicant's qualifications, including a statement of how the applicant meets the requirement of being underrepresented in the graduate program
  • the applicant’s academic record
  • the applicant’s potential for success in graduate study


Recipients must be enrolled in at least 3 graduate hours each term of the award and must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA throughout the award period. A recipient is unable to hold a graduate assistantship at the same time. If a recipient fails to comply with these conditions, the Graduate School may revoke the award.

Note the information regarding acceptance of a GSA at CGS_Resolution.pdf.

Release of Information

In order to comply with the University’s Tuition Waiver Policy, all students applying for or receiving a tuition waiver must sign a Release of Information form.

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