The Graduate School is pleased to announce its call for nominations for the 2015-16 Thurgood Marshall Graduate Scholarship honoring the first black American to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. This one-year award provides a stipend of $4,000 plus graduate tuition remission through our Targeted Graduate Tuition Scholarship program for the 2015-16 academic year.

OSU's eligibility requirements align closely with the intent of the national Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Program and acknowledge Marshall's life-long commitment to justice, equality, and education. The recipient will be determined by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Nomination Evaluation

New or continuing full-time graduate students will be considered against a 100-point scale. Evaluation of nominees will be based upon the following fellowship criteria:

  • US citizen or permanent resident (5 points);
  • first generation to attend a University (5 points);
  • documented financial need (based upon FAFSA application process) with consideration of low income status (5 points);
  • meritorious academic achievement as reflected in grade point average & GRE or other test scores (20 points);
  • publications & presentations (10 points);
  • other professional activity (10 points);
  • demonstrated community service (15 points);
  • demonstrated leadership (15 points);
  • demonstrated involvement in diverse communities (15 points).

Nomination Deadline:

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