UNI to offer new scholarship to underrepresented graduate students

UNI NEWS SERVICES - The University of Northern Iowa Graduate College is unveiling a new scholarship that will support graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds who are committed to diversity and inclusion initiatives, especially in their field of study.

The Diversity Advancement Award will award up to two recipients with a full tuition scholarship for the 2021-22 academic year, a full-time graduate assistantship and $1,500 to cover mandatory student fees and assist the student’s transition to graduate school.

“With the creation of the Diversity and Inclusion Advancement Award, we are working to recognize and remove some of the barriers underrepresented students may face that prevent them from having the same opportunities as their peers,” said Graduate College Dean Jennifer Waldron. “Our graduate community is enriched by individuals who, through their various backgrounds and life experiences, contribute to an intellectually challenging and inclusive educational environment.”

The Graduate College will also provide mentorship for the awardees and work with them to foster initiatives that will have an impact across the graduate community at UNI and beyond.

The scholarship is available to first-year graduate students, but can be extended into a second year with satisfactory academic progress. Applications are due Feb. 15.




Steve Schmadeke, UNI public relations manager, 319-273-6120, steve.schmadeke@uni.ed