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Graduate Diversity Awards

URI makes Graduate Diversity Awards of full- or partial-tuition scholarships and/or stipends.

Awards may carry a stipend comparable to that of a graduate assistant at the appropriate level for the academic semester and/or cover individual tuition. Some awards may cover health insurance and 20 percent of graduate student fees for either or both the Fall and Spring semesters.

An additional $100 may be paid to partially offset the cost of the commuter parking fee.

Nominations for the 2017-18 academic year are no longer being accepted.

Nominations are due at the end of February. To nominate a student, download the Diversity Award Nomination Form.

Eligibility and Terms

Awards are given to students who are

  • Hispanic or Latino, Black or African-American, Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Permanent residents whose ethnicity corresponds to the aforementioned
  • First-generation college students (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree)
  • Of a gender historically underrepresented in a student’s intended field of study
  • A veteran
  • A person managing a disability

This award is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Nominees for URI Graduate Diversity Awards must be enrolled in a graduate program or be fully enrolled in a graduate program by September of the year in which they are being considered for an award.

Awardees must be full-time students (minimum of nine credits per semester). Awards are for one academic year only, with the expectation that recipients will be subsequently supported by departmental and/or other funding sources, as arranged by the department, should this be necessary.

There is no limit to the number of nominations.

Selection Criteria

Awards are given to qualified students in recognition of their achievement and promise as scholars and are intended to enable students to pursue graduate studies and research.

The primary criteria by which nominees will be judged are

  • Demonstrated ability and promise of academic achievement
  • Letters of reference
  • Cumulative grade point averages
  • Scores on national tests
  • Personal statements of professional objectives
  • Other evidence of promise (e.g., publications, professional participation, etc.)

Info to be submitted with nomination

To be considered, nominees must have the following:

  • Completed Diversity Award Nomination Form
  • Two letters of reference and supporting information (Letters may be from the following: a department chair, the director of Graduate Studies, the student’s major advisor, other faculty. Nominees who are not yet matriculated students at URI should submit one letter of support from the department chair or a faculty member.)
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (electronic or scanned)
  • Statement of Professional Objectives (maximum of two pages)
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum of two pages)
  • A statement from the department chair detailing the type and extent of support the department will provide to the nominee should he/she receive the award but not complete all degree requirements within the award year
  • One-page supplemental essay. The supplemental essay should detail how the student contributes to the diversity of the graduate program based on their experience as a member of a group historically underrepresented in higher education. Qualifications:
    • Hispanic or Latino, Black or African-American, Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
    • A permanent resident whose ethnicity corresponds to the above groups
    • A first-generation college student (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree)
    • Being of a gender historically underrepresented in the student’s intended field of study
    • Being a veteran
    • Managing a disability

This award is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Collect all necessary files and back-up documentation listed above and/or on the nomination form into a .zip archive. Include the type of award (Diversity Award), the student’s last name, first name, and ID number in the name of the .zip archive, e.g., “Diversity Award – Smith, John – 1002XX349.zip

Send completed nomination forms and .zip archive via email to uri.gradawards@gmail.com.

In the subject line include the type of award (Diversity Award), the student’s last name, first name, and ID number, e.g., “Diversity Award – Smith, John – 1002XX349

The nomination submissions deadline will be posted at a future date.

Evaluation of nominees

Nominees are evaluated based on their academic promise and their merits through assessment of the following:

  • Letters of reference (10 points)
  • Previous academic performance (10 points)
  • Other evidence of achievement (10 points)

Download the Scholarship Review Rubric.

Diversity Award Recipients Announced

Awards are typically announced in early April, via email with copies sent to department chairs. The initial notices of award for the Diversity Awards will specify that they are contingent upon available funding and upon satisfactory academic progress at the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester.

 

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