Academic Awards, Fellowships, & Scholarships

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Steven J. Schochet Endowment Academic Awards for Excellence in GLBT Studies

Now Accepting Applications!

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In honor of University of Minnesota alumnus Steven J. Schochet & the Schochet Endowment, these academic awards honor excellence of currently enrolled GLBTA students advancing the generation and dissemination of knowledge, awareness, and research around GLBT topics & identities.

Awardees must be currently enrolled students (undergrad or grad) on any of the U of M campuses. Awardees will receive between $500 - $2,000 to be used toward spring 2014 tuition. Recipients will be honored at our Steven J. Schochet Awards Dinner in October 2014.

 

Purpose

In honor of University of Minnesota alumnus Steven J. Schochet & the Schochet Endowment, these academic awards honor excellence of currently enrolled University of Minnesota GLBTA students advancing the generation and dissemination of knowledge, awareness, and research around GLBT topics & identities.  This is demonstrated through outstanding volunteer service, personal & professional affiliations, and academic work.

 

Sponsors

Steven J. Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies, GLBTA Programs Office, and Office for Equity and Diversity.

 

Recognition

These one-time awards range on average from $500 - $2,000 for the academic year. Recipients will be honored at our annual Steven J. Schochet Awards Dinner during the Fall semester. Regardless of award, students are encouraged to submit an application each year they are eligible/qualify.

 

Deadline

4:30 p.m. April 25th, 2014

 

Eligibility

University of Minnesota undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) are welcome to apply.

Applicants graduating during the academic year of award allocation are not eligible. For example, if you only have one semester left, we cannot retroactively allocate funds to your account.  Awards are “split” into two semesters; if you receive a $2,000 award, ½ will be allocated during the fall semester and the second ½ will be allocated during the spring semester.

(Please note that Regents Scholarship recipients are not eligible for this award.)

 

Selection Criteria

  • Strong, well-written personal statement
  • Financial need
  • Evidence of academic promise via past grades
  • Admission to an undergraduate or graduate/professional degree or credit certificate program at any U of M campus
  • Good academic standing at the University of Minnesota (Non-probation status)
  • Meet half-time (6 credits) enrollment status minimum
  • Complete application material submission on time
  • Other criteria deemed “applicable” by Award Committee members

 

Awards Committee

Committee appointed by the GLBTA Programs Office comprised of students, staff, & faculty.

 

Application Process

Your application must include ALL of the following items to be considered. You are responsible for ensuring that all items below are submitted to the Award Committee c/o the GLBTA Programs Office at the address below by the deadline.

  • Completed Steven J. Schochet Award Application
  • Personal Statement: Mention of financial need, GLBTA (and related) Identities, Influence in Work (Why you are passionate about your work and your commitment to the GLBTA Community. 
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Academic transcripts of all related college/post-secondary enrollment.
  • Your Work: Submit the academic paper, or project. (If you cannot send your application package electronically, please drop off your package to the GLBTA Programs Office in Appleby Hall, office #46.)

 

Address: GLBTA Programs Office 128 Pleasant St SE, Appleby Hall 46, Minneapolis, MN, 55455

Phone: 612-625-0537

Email: glbtapo@umn.edu

Web: diversity.umn.edu/glbta

 

Timeline

  • Applications due April 25th, 2014
  • Notifications (via email) will be sent the week of: May 6th, 2014
  • Disbursement of funds: TBD

 

Restrictions

Applicants may submit only 1 application in 1 category. Multiple submissions will not be reviewed. Applicants graduating during the academic year of award allocation are not eligible. For example, if you apply during the fall semester, but will be graduating in the spring, we cannot retroactively allocate funds to your account.

(Please note that Regents Scholarship recipients are not eligible for this award.)

 

Personal Statement Requirements

Your personal statement must include the following in detail:

  • Please describe your involvement in LGBT communities, the extracurricular, community, school, activism, work activities and/or personal experience(s) of which you are most proud. How do they reflect your passions? Please share times you took initiative and/or a major leadership role
  • Please describe your educational and career goals.
  • The Steven J. Schochet Awards promote education to strengthen leadership in and for the LGBT communities. Explain how this goal will be promoted if you receive a scholarship. Please share what you aspire to and what your passions are.
  • Please describe your financial need

There is no minimum requirement for the personal statement (Max = 1,000 words).

Note: While there is no minimum length, we recommend that you write until the statement “feels” finished. Single paragraph statements won’t provide the Awards Committee with enough information to make a decision to award.

 

Category Submission Requirements

NOTE: All submissions must include a brief synopsis or abstract of the project, paper, or work you enclosed.  Why did you choose to volunteer with, work for, write about, create this particular work? What was the impact on yourself and/or the community? How has the experience impacted the work you do today?  (Max. 300-500 words)

 

Leadership & Service

·Focus: generation & dissemination of knowledge and awareness around GLBT topics and identities through leadership and service - topics include but are not limited to: campus or community activism, academics, research, etc.  

·Helpful Tip: It is important to make connections in your leadership history and the impact it has had.  Do not solely list the organizations you have worked for; tell us how you were a leader – what made you stand out?

 

Best Undergraduate Academic Paper

·Focus: Best academic paper related to GLBT studies and/or themes written by an undergraduate student. Papers submitted may have been written for a class, conference, or similar academic work. All GLBTA appropriate topics welcome.

·Helpful Tip:  If your paper is over 10 pages consider submitting a “sample” of your academic work that exemplifies the most important themes in your paper. Proof read your paper and/or have it peer reviewed to receive feedback before submitting.

 

Best Graduate Academic Paper

·Focus: Best academic paper related to GLBT studies and/or themes written by a graduate student. Papers submitted may have been written for a class, conference, or similar academic work. All GLBTA appropriate topics welcome.  

·Helpful Tip:  If your paper is over 10 pages consider submitting a “sample” of your academic work that exemplifies the most important themes in your paper. Proof read your paper and/or have it peer reviewed to receive feedback before submitting.

 

Artistic Expression

·Focus: Best original creative project – any form of artistic expression including but not limited to: video, film, poetry, visual art, fiction, and musical composition.  

·Helpful Tip: Consider submitting a “segment” of your work. (Examples: Don’t submit an 18 track CD of music; choose 1-2 pieces to represent your work. Or, choose 10 minutes of a film to highlight rather than 1 hour.)

NOTE: All digital submissions must be accessible online. Submitting a DVD is difficult to disseminate to the scholarship committee. Upload your digital media to the internet (YouTube, Google, etc.) for easier access.

 

Health, Policy, and Practice

·Focus: Best paper or project addressing GLBT-related health, policy, or practices. (Topics include but not limited to health care access, civil rights, legal rights, etc.)

·Helpful Tip:  If your paper is over 10 pages consider submitting a “sample” of your academic work that exemplifies the most important themes in your paper. Proof read your paper and/or have it peer reviewed to receive feedback before submitting.

 

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Deadline

Friday, April 25th by 4:30pm

(Applications submitted after this date will not be considered for an award.)

 

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