The Graduate Student Association (GSA) at the University of Waterloo has launched a new initiative to support Black and Indigenous students in their pursuit of higher education. The “Graduate Award for Black and Indigenous Students” aims to increase accessibility to education for those who are currently underrepresented in graduate programs. Scholarships, each valued at $5,000, will be awarded to eligible students who are registered full-time in their first year of a doctoral program.
To be considered for the award, students must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% or equivalent in their current or most recently completed program. Additionally, selection will be based on the students’ written statements, where they describe any academic or non-academic extracurricular, volunteer, leadership, or entrepreneurial-related experiences they have been involved in within the last three years. This will allow the selection committee to get a well-rounded view of each applicant and their potential for success in their field of study.
The Graduate Award for Black and Indigenous Students is made possible through a commitment of funds from the GSA, the Graduate Studies Endowment Fund (GSEF), and Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA). This initiative is a step towards greater inclusivity and diversity within the graduate community at the University of Waterloo, and provides much-needed support for Black and Indigenous students who are pursuing advanced degrees.
To find out more information about this award and to apply, please visit this page.