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.

Eligibility Criteria

Scholarship recipients will be evaluated by a faculty committee and determined by the graduate dean based on the following:

Part A

Nominees must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  2. 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;
  3. 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);
  4. 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.

Part B

In addition to Part A, nominees must meet at least two of the following diversity enhancement-based criteria:

  1. previously participated in a TRIO Program (Educational Opportunity Center, Talent Search, Student Support Services, Upward Bound, McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program);
  2. previously participated in a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP);
  3. previously attended a minority-serving institution;
  4. primary language is other than English;
  5. documented financial need (based upon FAFSA application process for the proposed award period) with consideration of low income status;
  6. first generation to attend a university;
  7. previously participated in a summer research opportunity program for underserved undergraduates;
  8. demonstrated engagement with communities that are underrepresented in higher education and an ability to bring this experience to the learning environment;
  9. interest in using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship.

Nomination Deadline:

Nominations must be received in the Graduate School by 5pm on February 16, 2015. Recipients will be announced by March 6, 2015.