CoF University Graduate Laurels Block Grant Scholarship


Laurels Scholarship Application 2017-18  (for department use only)


University Graduate Laurels Block Grant Scholarships (Laurels Scholarships)  assist a diverse population of highly qualified students who are self-funded and/or who have incomplete support packages. No expectation of research or teaching effort may be tied to a Laurels Scholarship.

Selected students may receive a tuition scholarship for up to three terms of graduate education. Lower funding amounts may also be awarded. Please note that receipt of this scholarship may affect student loan eligibility. Students already receiving funding through a GTA, GRA or a CoF department fellowship that includes tuition are NOT eligible for the Laurels Scholarship.

Laurels Scholarships are tuition remission resources, which may be awarded only as full or partial tuition scholarships to pay students’ actual resident or nonresident graduate tuition charges. Scholarships may not be used as cash awards or for any other purpose besides paying tuition (awards are disbursed directly to the student's business office account).

Graduate students may be awarded a Laurels Scholarship based on academic merit and/or contribution to diversity in graduate education.


Proposal Deadlines for 2017-18
Please note: these are the dates by which CoF departments must submit their candidate nominations to the Student Resources & Engagement Office.  Students wishing apply to Laurels Block Grant Scholarships must inquire with their academic department to determine their program’s application procedures and deadlines (which may be substantially earlier than those stated below).  Applications submitted by students directly to the Student Resources & Engagement Office will not be accepted.

Fall Term 2017 funding:
March 18, 2017 (1st deadline)
August 12, 2017 (2nd deadline)

Winter Term 2018 funding:
November 3, 2017 (week 6 of Fall term)

Spring Term 2018 funding:
February 16, 2018 (week 6 of Winter term)


Academic Merit Requirements
:  Both international and domestic students may be eligible for consideration within this category and will be:

a.) Regularly, conditionally, or provisionally admitted to a graduate degree program; and
b.) Making satisfactory progress as a graduate degree-seeking student in the specified degree program; and
c.) Able to demonstrate a high potential for success in the specified graduate degree program by:

  • meeting minimum institutional and programmatic GPA of 3.00 or greater and GRE (or other test score) as required for graduate admission;
  • submitting a clear statement of purpose;
  • having strong letters of recommendation received on their behalf;
  • maintaining graduate standards for satisfactory academic progress toward the specified degree program;
  • exhibiting a record of scholarship in his/her academic field and/or profession (e.g., publications, presentations, research grants, honors and awards, etc.); and/or
  • exhibiting a record of leadership through extensive community and civic engagement.

Diversity Contributions:  Only domestic graduate degree-seeking students may be eligible for consideration under the diversity category. The following criteria will be used as the basis for evaluating recipient diversity:

a.) The individual is from cultural, linguistic, and/or socioeconomic background that is underrepresented in their graduate program as demonstrated by:
o previous participation in a TRIO Program (i.e., Educational Opportunity Center, Talent Search, Student Support Services, Upward Bound, McNair post-baccalaureate Achievement Program);

  • previous participation in a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
  • previous attendance at an Historically Black College or University (HBCU);
  • previous attendance at an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI);
  • previous attendance at a Tribal College;
  • primary language used at home is other than English;
  • documented financial need (based on FAFSA application – domestic students only) with consideration of low income status;
  • first generation to attend a college or university;
  • previous participation in a summer research experience for underserved undergraduates.

b.) Exhibits a record of positive engagement with communities that are underrepresented in higher education; and/or
c.) Has interest in using the diversity of human experience as an education resource in teaching and research.

See the Graduate School's site for additional information on the University Graduate Laurels Block Grant Scholarship.