George A. Jackson Award
Named for Dr. George A. Jackson, former assistant dean of the Graduate College (1994-2009), this initiative aims to promote ethnic diversity and inclusion of graduate students from populations historically underrepresented in American higher education. The Award advances Dr. Jackson’s strong commitment to and passion for the recruitment and graduation of underrepresented students.
You cannot apply for a Jackson Award as a student. You must be nominated by the director of graduate education (DOGE) of your home department or program and meet the following eligibility requirements:
- US citizenship
- Identify as African American, American Indian, Hispanic/Latinx, Alaska natives, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.
- New student entering fall semester only to a masters or doctoral degree program. Currently enrolled students are ineligible.
- Appointed as a half-time (20 hour a week appointment) graduate assistant.
- The Jackson Award is for two years beyond entry term for both masters and doctoral students to be awarded during the academic year (August to May). Summer is not included.
- Doctoral students receive $12,000 each academic year (August to May) for two years as a contribution to the assistantship stipend plus a $300 contribution towards mandatory fees.
- Master’s students receive 50% of tuition each fall and spring semester for two years, which together with the tuition scholarship, gives 100% tuition coverage plus a $300 contribution towards mandatory fees.
Each nomination must include information about how you will be supported (onboarding, mentoring, advising, etc.) throughout your first year. Graduate College staff will follow-up with you throughout your first year and at the end to learn about your experience.
As a recipient of these funds, students are expected to attend and present orally or in poster format (once for masters and twice for doctoral) at the Annual George A. Jackson Research Symposium. The Symposium is an event planned for graduate students by graduate students who receive diversity financial support from the Graduate College.➤