The Delson Bridge to the Future Fund assists domestic and international graduate students in the final phase of their graduate education to pay research expenses, publication costs, and other incidentals that stand in the way of completing their graduate studies at OSU.
The award also aligns with and supports development in the OSU Grad Advantage core competencies for graduate students. Nominees are encouraged to complete the OSU Grad Advantage Self-Assessment Tool at the time of their nomination, or in the case of prospective students after they have been formally admitted to gauge their ongoing professional development.
This endowment fund was created to honor Irma Delson who dedicated her many years at OSU to serving students from all over the world. Graduate programs that become aware of emergency situations involving students at the end of their programs may submit requests for limited assistance to offset financial difficulties and promote degree completion.
For the 2023-2024 award cycle, the Graduate School plans to offer up to three awards at $1,000 each. Awards will be made on a one-time only basis, typically during a student's final year in the graduate program, and are intended to help offset the cost of degree completion.
Evaluation of nominations will be based upon the following:
The nomination period begins on August 14, 2023. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., October 2, 2023. Awards will be determined in mid-October.
Nominations may be submitted by the nominee's graduate program director, department chair/head, appropriate college leadership, or appropriate leadership in an institutional partner unit. Students may not apply directly for this award. Each unit (as defined by university major code) and institutional partner may nominate no more than ONE nominee (total) per award cycle.
In the nomination form, nominators will be required to prepare/upload the following materials as one PDF document using the following file name convention:
"Nominee's Last Name_Department_Delson.pdf", and upload it through the nomination form:
NOTE to Institutional Partners:
If an institutional partner is submitting the nomination, they must also have confirmation from the student’s academic unit that:
For questions about this award or any Graduate School administered awards, please contact our Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships team