The Graduate School is pleased to announce the Thurgood Marshall Graduate Award, honoring the life and work of the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice. This award aligns closely with the intent of the national Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Program and acknowledges Marshall's life-long commitment to civil rights and effecting change. The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship is intended to support the retention of meritorious graduate students whose accomplishments and activities demonstrate leadership, service, and commitment to fostering a just and equitable community.

Award Details

The Thurgood Marshall Award is a one-year award to include a stipend of $4,000 plus a graduate tuition waiver at the nominee’s residential rate (if not provided from other funds) for one academic year. The Graduate School intends to offer up to four of these awards for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

Eligibility

  • Nominee must have been admitted for graduate study through the domestic student application
  • Nominee must be a full-time, graduate degree-seeking student in an OSU doctoral program, or in an OSU master’s program where a doctoral degree does not exist at OSU
  • Nominee must have successfully completed at least 3 graduate credits toward their current OSU graduate degree in each of the 3 academic terms directly preceding the nomination (minimum of 9 credits) by the time the award will be administered
  • Nominee must have a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Nominee must be making satisfactory academic progress, as determined by the graduate program

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation of nominations will be based upon the nominee’s:

  • Strength of the nominee's statement of academic excellence, intellectual vitality and strengths and their alignment with this specific award
  • The nominee’s scholarly promise and academic and professional strengths, as articulated in the nomination letter(s), including, but not limited to, discussion of the nominee’s past achievements, their specific academic interests at OSU, and their likelihood of contributing to the discipline
  • The nominee's demonstrated leadership and service to the community
  • The nominee's demonstrated commitment to empowering marginalized and underrepresented members of society
  • Quality of the nominee’s résumé or curriculum vitae

Nomination Period

The nomination period begins on October 1, 2020. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., February 15, 2021. Awards will be determined in March, 2021.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations may be submitted by the nominee's graduate program director or unit chair/head. Students may not apply directly for this award. Each unit (as defined by university major code) may nominate no more than TWO nominees (total) per award cycle.

In the online 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_Thurgood.pdf", and upload it through the nomination form.

  1. A statement from the nominee that speaks to the following areas:
    1. Their academic excellence and intellectual vitality demonstrated in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, their commitment and persistence related to previous academic pursuits, their intellectual curiosity and commitment, and the strengths and skills they bring to their graduate studies. 
    2. A discussion of their personal strengths, skills, and previous experiences and how those contribute/will contribute to the creation of an inclusive and diverse university. 
    3. A discussion of their demonstrated leadership and service to their community, and their demonstrated commitment to empowering marginalized and underrepresented members of society.
    4. How this award will support them in their graduate studies.
  2. A nominating letter from the nominee’s major professor or unit chair/head addressing the following:
    1. The nominee’s academic excellence and intellectual vitality demonstrated in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, the student’s commitment and persistence related to previous academic pursuits, their intellectual curiosity, and the strengths and skills they bring to their graduate studies.
    2. The nominee's demonstrated leadership and service to their community, and the nominee's demonstrated commitment to empowering marginalized and underrepresented members of society.
  3. A copy of the nominee’s résumé or curriculum vitae

Nomination Form

Coming Soon

Nomination form overview

Questions

For questions about this award or any Graduate School administered awards, please contact our Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships team