The Graduate School is pleased to announce its call for the 2015-16 Graduate Diversity Recruitment Bonus Program. The purpose of the program is to advance inclusiveness in graduate education, to enrich the academic environment by embracing a broad range of perspectives, and to prepare students for their future roles as leaders in a diverse society.
To that end, the program is designed to augment recruitment-based assistantship and fellowship offers to incoming graduate students with meritorious records and demonstrated potential for graduate study by offering bonuses to students from divergent and/or nontraditional backgrounds.
Scholarship Award Level
Awards will provide eligible recipients with nonrenewable recruitment scholarships of $5,000 for their first academic year of graduate study.
Scholarship recipients will be evaluated by a faculty committee and determined by the graduate dean based on the following:
Nominees must meet all of the following criteria:
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
- meritorious academic achievement and leadership potential as reflected in grade point average, GRE or other test scores, publications, presentations, awards/honors, and/or other professional activity;
- status as a first-time OSU graduate degree-seeking student in any graduate field for the approaching academic year (OSU baccalaureate recipients may be eligible);
- documented offer of departmental or program support equivalent to a 0.49 FTE graduate assistantship or fellowship at the Graduate School's prevailing recommended minimum stipend level for the award period.
In addition to Part A, nominees must meet at least two of the following diversity enhancement-based criteria:
- previously participated in a TRIO Program (Educational Opportunity Center, Talent Search, Student Support Services, Upward Bound, McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program);
- previously participated in a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP);
- previously attended a minority-serving institution;
- primary language is other than English;
- documented financial need (based upon FAFSA application process for the proposed award period) with consideration of low income status;
- first generation to attend a university;
- previously participated in a summer research opportunity program for underserved undergraduates;
- demonstrated engagement with communities that are underrepresented in higher education and an ability to bring this experience to the learning environment;
- interest in using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship.
Nominations must be received in the Graduate School by 5pm on February 16, 2015. Recipients will be announced by March 6, 2015.