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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 from domestic groups underrepresented in graduate programs. There are 15 awards available each year.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled full-time (at least 9 graduate hours) as classified graduate students (degree-seeking) in good academic standing who are members of groups underrepresented nationally in academic disciplines.


The Graduate Scholar Award is a waiver of tuition for one academic year (Fall and Spring). The award may be renewed up to a maximum of four (4) semesters in one program only; award recipients are not eligible to receive a subsequent award in another program. 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 for applications is July 15 or next business day.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be selected based upon:

1. The recommendation of the academic unit as to the applicant's qualifications;

2. The applicant's academic record, and;

3. The applicant's potential for success for graduate study.


Recipients must be enrolled in 9 graduate hours and must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

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.