Winifred O. Stone Graduate Student Award

This fund was established to honor the life of Dr. Winifred O. Stone, associate professor emeritus of ethnic studies and former associate dean of the Graduate College at Bowling Green State University.  Dr. Stone’s outstanding tenure at Bowling Green State University established him as an academic visionary, humanitarian and dedicated university citizen committed to attaining excellence and equity in graduate education.  This fund recognizes Dr. Stone’s successes and all the lives he’s touched in nearly a quarter of a century.  Dr. Stone has united many people in the pursuit of intellectual growth and excellence at BGSU.

Dr. Stone made significant contributions to many programs and initiatives at BGSU.  Among those programs and initiatives are the Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship Program, the Department of Ethnic Studies, the cultural diversity requirement for undergraduates, the University’s recruitment efforts of the best and brightest graduate students, and many others.

Criteria:

Those who are eligible to receive the Winifred O. Stone Graduate Student Development fund will demonstrate:

  1. Superior academic achievement with an overall grade point average of 3.20;
  2. An extra-ordinary level of artistic achievement (including musical creations);
  3. Outstanding leadership in the academic community;
  4. Exceptional Writing skills (determined by an essay, research paper, thesis, or dissertation project); and
  5. Faculty commitment and support (determined by two letters of recommendation from faculty persons).

The Winifred O. Stone Graduate Student Development Fund will support the following three areas:

I.   Graduate College

The Winifred O. Stone Graduate Student Development Fund should be used for the support of graduate students who meet the following criteria:

  1. Recipients must be graduate students who have been involved with Multicultural Initiatives for Graduate Student Success (MIGSS) and enrolled at BGSU for at least one semester.
  2. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or immigrants with permanent residence status.
  3. Recipients must be in good academic standing and be registered as full-time students.
  4. The Office of Access, Diversity and Inclusion Programs/MIGSS will recommend the names of three award nominees to the Dean of the Graduate College.  The Dean of the Graduate College will select the award recipient.
  5. Announcement of the recipient should be made at the annual Shanklin Award Banquet.

II.  International Student Services Office

The Winifred O. Stone Graduate Student Development Fund should be used for the support of students according to the following criteria:

  1. Recipients must be international graduate students who have been enrolled at BGSU for at least one semester.
  2. The Director of the International Student Services Office and the Associate Director will recommend the names of three award nominees to the Dean of the Graduate College.  The Dean of the Graduate College will select the award recipient.
  3. Recipients must be in good academic standing and be registered as full-time students.
  4. Announcement of the recipient should be made at the annual Shanklin Award Banquet.

III.  College of Musical Arts

The Winifred O. Stone Graduate Student Development Fund should be used for:

  1. The support of students who are expanding their musical training through their participation in events such as: auditions, study abroad, etc.
  2. The Dean of the College of Musical Arts in conjunction with the Pro Musica Board will submit the names of three award nominees to the Dean of the Graduate College.  The Dean of the Graduate College will select the award recipient.
  3. Recipients must be in good academic standing and be registered as full-time students.
  4. Announcement of the recipient should be made at the annual Shanklin Award Banquet.

Designation of the Awards:

Awards may be used for scholarships, conference attendance, research or other educational related expenses.  If awards are made for scholarships, awards are to be deposited in the recipient’s bursar account and may be used for tuition, room and board or Falcon Outfitters expenditures.

If support from this fund is to cover other educational expenses or expenses associated with unexpected events, a check will be issued to the student in the amount determined by either the Graduate College or the Center for International Programs.

Selection Process:

The Dean of the Graduate College is the administrator of this award and will make the final determination of the recipients from the list of nominees.

Timeline:

December 14, 2018: Call for nominations from MIGSS, International Student Services (ISS) and College of Musical Arts (CMA).

February 15, 2019: Deadline for each of the student nominees from MIGSS, ISS, and CMA.

February 18, 2019: Student nominees notified.

March 15, 2019: Deadline for two (2) student letter of recommendations from faculty from each nominee. Send documents to:

Jennifer Sayre
Coordinator, Graduate Outreach and Student Success
Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
419-372-7711 (O)
419-372-8569 (Fax)
sayrej@bgsu.edu

April 1, 2019: One finalist in each area will be determined by the Graduate Dean (in consultation with Dr. Winifred O. Stone) and the finalists will be notified.  The College of Musical Arts, International Student Services Office, and MIGSS Program will plan to recognize finalists and present the award during the Shanklin Award Banquet.