Graduate School Diversity Enhancement Grant Program

Diversity Enhancement Grant Program | Application Process

Diversity is an inclusive collection of individuals and groups who bring varied human characteristics, backgrounds, interests and points of view to enrich the university community. The overarching goal of having a diverse university community is to better educate our students to be active, informed, productive participants in a pluralistic society and interdependent world. The purpose of the UNC Campus Scholarship Program and the Diversity Graduate Assistance Grant programs is to promote diversity at the graduate level at North Carolina State University.

Any questions regarding the Graduate School Diversity Enhancement Grant Program may be directed to either Dr. David Shafer (phone: 515-7052, email: dmshafer@ncsu.edu) or Todd Marcks (phone: 515-1481, email: tmarcks@ncsu.edu).

2014-2015 Graduate School Diversity Enhancement Grant Program

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must be permanent residents or citizens of the United States and must present evidence of achievement and promise as scholars. The student must be admitted to full graduate standing and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Recipients may be new or continuing graduate students at NC State and must be registered full-time as defined by NC State Graduate School. The Graduate School approves requests for exceptions to full-time registration status if the student has completed his/her graduate coursework. Approval for exceptions must be requested in writing through the student's graduate program. Contact the Graduate School for procedures. Applications from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged. Such underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to, the following: Native Americans, African-Americans, and Hispanic Americans.

UNC CAMPUS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM -- Graduate Student Component
Funded by the UNC General Administration, eligibility is limited to new or continuing full-time doctoral students who have financial need and who are residents of North Carolina as of the beginning of the award period (as determined under the Manual to Assist the Public Higher Education Institutions of N.C. in the Matter of Student Resident Classification for Tuition Purposes). Individuals who have been accepted to a master's degree program in a department offering the doctoral degree and who intend, and will be eligible, to pursue doctoral studies at NC State after completion of the requirements for the master's degree are also eligible.

DIVERSITY GRADUATE ASSISTANCE GRANT
Funded by the North Carolina State University Graduate School, recipients must be full-time, new or continuing students pursuing masters and doctoral degrees at North Carolina State University.

SELECTION CRITERIA
Criteria for selection include: academic record, character, creativity, educational and economic background, race and ethnicity, gender, exceptional personal talents, unique work or service experience, and leadership potential. Applicants must add to the goal of increasing diversity in graduate education at North Carolina State University.

Grant awards are based on financial need and require that a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form be filed with the Federal Student Aid Programs Office. Work obligations are not required for recipients of awards in the Graduate School Diversity Enhancement Grant Program.

AWARD
Stipend amounts are based on financial need up to $3000 for the academic year, with an option of $500 in additional support for study in the summer. Recipients will be notified by mail of funding decisions no later than July 9, 2014.

LENGTH OF AWARD
No commitment for support beyond the first year is implied for award recipients. Grant applications should be submitted after notification of admissions to a degree program. All recipients are required to make a new application for the coming 2015-16 academic year.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Priority Deadline: April 15, 2014
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A complete grant application includes the following:

  1. A Graduate School Diversity Enhancement Grant Program Application (please note that this form must be forwarded to the Department and signed by the Department Head or Director of Graduate Programs before being sent to the Graduate School).
  2. A North Carolina State University Graduate School Financial Data Sheet and Budget.
  3. A Statement of Purpose limited to one typed page which includes your achievements, educational and economic background, exceptional personal talents, unique work or service experience, leadership potential, creativity and traits that will contribute to the enrichment or diversity of the University or community, beyond your academic credentials sent to The Graduate School.
  4. A FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form filed with the Federal Student Aid Programs Office.

All completed documents should be sent to:

  • Todd Marcks
    The Graduate School
    NC State University
    Box 7102
    Raleigh, NC 27695-7102