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A full year of funding for qualified graduate students

January 23, 2009

One outstanding graduate student could be the recipient of funding for a full academic year! Colorado State's Graduate School presents the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic school year.

Basic Features:

  • This program is fully competitive and open to persons of any and all ethnic backgrounds.
  • One award is given per year and is non-renewable.
  • Scholarship of $9,000 (½ to be paid by the awardee’s academic college and ½ to be paid by the Graduate School) plus Resident Instruction tuition for the academic year.
  • A merit-based award. No work is required of the recipient, however, the awardee is expected to participate and be recognized at the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration activities at Colorado State University.
  • Applications due February 13, 2009.
  • The Martin Luther King Jr. Committee reviews applications.
  • Winner announced the week of March 15, 2009. Recipient will be formally recognized and presented with their award at the Celebrate Colorado State luncheon on Tuesday, April 28.


To apply:

Any US citizen admitted to the Graduate School pursuing a graduate degree.

To receive the award:

Good academic standing and full time on-campus enrollment for 2009-2010. Persons on probation, who are provisionally admitted, or who are enrolled for Continuing Education courses or pursuing a graduate distance degree through Continuing Education are ineligible to receive the award.

Criteria for selection:
  • Academic excellence--the awardee must have achieved an excellent record in formal course work and in addition must have shown accomplishment and promise in the type of scholarship, research, or artistry that is characteristic of his or her discipline. Evidence of awards, recognitions, publications, performances, or exhibitions is important. Letters of recommendation and available test scores also are examined.
  • Service to and advancement of underrepresented student education--the awardee must have actively contributed to the enhancement of individuals from ethnically diverse populations and must have served as a role model. Activities that have aided specific individuals, which have advanced institutional policy for diversity, which have called attention to educational needs, which have encouraged persons of historically underrepresented groups to seek education, or which have had similar effects are appropriate.
  • Must be registered full-time for 9 credits (On-campus Resident Instruction courses excluding audits and Continuing Education credits).


It is recommended that items in 1-4 be submitted in Word format and sent as attachments. All attachments should reference MLK Jr. Scholarship on the subject line. Each application should consist of the following:

1. Application cover sheet available on the Graduate School's website.

2. A narrative in which the applicant a) discusses his or her qualifications for this award and b) describes academic plans and professional/personal goals (maximum 5 pages single-spaced).

3. A complete resume that indicates all academic accomplishments, recognitions, and contributions to service.

4. An example of the applicant’s academic work.

5. At least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s scholarly work. *

6. At least one letter of recommendation from a person familiar with the candidate’s involvement with historically underrepresented groups. *

7. Other letters of recommendation the applicant may deem appropriate. *

In addition, transcripts and other indicators of academic performance available in the applicants’ University files will be examined. Applicants need not submit additional copies of transcripts or scores.


*Letters of recommendation can be e-mail to Ludy Avalos or sent directly to:
Ludy Avalos, MLK Jr. Scholarship Coordinator
204 Student Services
Colorado State University
Ft. Collins CO 80523

Please note that awardee may be required to submit all original signed recommendation letters.

Contact: Ludy Avalos
Phone: (970) 491-6817