The Graduate School - Distinguished Minority Fellows
Distinguished Minority Fellows (DMF) program
WKU is committed to assisting individuals from minority groups in obtaining their
higher education goals. The Distinguished Minority Fellows program is designed to
help minority students attain graduate degrees by providing tuition as well as employment
Admission into the program is competitive and applicants are encouraged to submit
the application materials as early as possible. Applications are accepted once annually
in the Spring for admission for the following Fall semester.
Personal statement explaining why you will benefit from the program. Applicants
are encouraged to address how this program will assist their personal goals, beyond
simply continuing their education and attaining a graduate degree. Word limit: 1,000
words. Applications over the 1,000 word limit will not be reviewed.
Arrange to have two letter of personal/professional letters of reference submitted
on your behalf.
Must be a member of a minority group as defined by the WKU Diversity Plan: African-American;
American Indian/Alaskan native; Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; two or more races;
Must be a United States citizen.
Must be currently enrolled or must be accepted into a masters or doctoral degree program.
Students must be in good standing academically. Students must be fully admitted to
an graduate degree program by the DMF application deadline in order to be considered
for the award.
Student is ineligible if he/she has received any previous DMF funding.
Student must be enrolled for no fewer than 6 credit hours for each semester. During
the final semester of the degree program the student is permitted to enroll in fewer
than 6 credit hours but greater than 1 credit hour.
Student must be in good standing (3.0 GPA or above). Policies regarding students in
a probationary status are described in the WKU Graduate Catalog.
Student must progress toward the degree by continuous enrollment. Should enrollment
or progression toward the degree be interrupted, the student is ineligible for further
DMF support. However, the student may petition the Selection Committee for reinstatement.
Students will receive DMF funding for pursuit of a single degree (i.e. primary degree).
If the student chooses to pursue a second degree, DMF will not pay for the courses
needed to complete the second degree. If the student desires to concurrently pursue
a second degree, the student must contact the Graduate School to declare a primary
degree. The Dean of the Graduate School reserves the right of designating the primary
Students will receive tuition and fees necessary for completion of the primary graduate
degree. Courses listed on the Graduate Program of Study form will be considered those
necessary for completion of the graduate degree.
The student assumes responsibility for payment of all courses not required for completion
of the degree.
The student assumes responsibility for payment of all special program and course fees
as well any late fees.
Students are eligible for a stipend of a value no less than $8,000 per academic year
($6,000 from the Graduate School; $2,000 from the hiring department). The Dean of
the Graduate School reserves the right of adjusting the annual DMF stipend in accordance
with budgetary considerations.
DMF students will receive a stipend for 20 hours of work per week for 15 weeks for
two semesters during the academic year. Receiving this fellowship requires the student
to arrange employment for these hours with a WKU campus entity. While the list of
all possible work arrangements is too lengthy to include here, some possibilities
include: duties within a university support or academic office; an internship with
a university or external provider; etc. The Dean of the Graduate School will work
cooperatively with all students to ensure each student holds an appropriate assignment.
DMF students may also participate in the graduate assistantship program. DMF students
are eligible to apply for a GA through their program of study, however, additional funding will not be awarded.
Awardees are eligible for the WKU Graduate Assistant Health Insurance Program.
DMF does not cover tuition for the winter term (the three-week session in January) or summer terms.
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