Presidential Graduate Diversity Scholarship


  • This award supports graduate students who demonstrate scholarly promise at BGSU, and demonstrate commitment to diversity and inclusion initiatives.


  • The Presidential Graduate Diversity Scholarship will be offered on a competitive basis to Summer 2023 or Fall 2023 applicants with strong academic qualifications as defined by the admission criteria of the Graduate College and the respective graduate program.

  • This one-time award will consist of a refundable scholarship in the amount of $5,000 for Master’s or Specialist students or $7,500 for Doctoral students, in addition to a full-time tuition scholarship for fall and spring semester.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • To apply for this award, applicants must have a completed Summer 2023 or Fall 2023 Graduate College application on file. Applicants must also have participated in a TRIO program, or are underrepresented in ways specific to their academic discipline or field.

  • To receive this award, applicants must be a newly admitted, full-time domestic student enrolling in a master’s, specialist, or doctoral program at BGSU Main Campus (e.g., the majority of class time is face to face).

Application Process:

  • The applicant submits a cover page including name, address, email, phone, BGSU academic program, former institution(s) with programs and degrees received, and former institution GPA.

  • The applicant submits an essay (max 500 words) addressing the following: Using specific examples and prior experiences, describe how you will enhance diversity and inclusion on the BGSU campus and in your future career?
  • The Graduate College collects academic transcripts, test scores, and other admissions materials as needed to assess applications.


  • All materials should be emailed to  Please use the subject line “Graduate Diversity Scholarship Application."

  • Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, however no applications will be accepted after 5:00pm on February 15, 2023.

  • Notifications for award winners will be made no later than March 15, 2023.

Evaluation Process:

  • Applications will be reviewed based on: (a) academic qualifications; (b) writing content; and (c) writing quality. Preference will be given to applicants from underrepresented populations, and those entering doctoral programs.


Presidential Graduate Diversity Student Refundable Scholarship Terms and Conditions

Updated: 11/16/2022 04:33PM