Graduate Equity Fellowship



The purpose of the Graduate Equity Fellowship is to encourage and assist students in their pursuit and completion of master's degrees and careers. This fellowship is available only to California resident students admitted and enrolled in a master's degree program. Credential-only candidates are not eligible. 

Under the Graduate Equity Fellowship Program, awards from $1,000 to $3,000 may be made to graduate students enrolled at SJSU for the Fall/Spring academic year in which the call for applications is announced. Students must be enrolled in both academic terms and complete a minimum of 6 units in each. These 12 units must appear on the master's candidacy form. Coursework used to complete program prerequisites will not fulfill this enrollment requirement.  Program core coursework will fulfill the requirement.

Eligibility is based on possession of a first university degree equivalent to the U.S. baccalaureate by the first day of the Fall semester, admission into a master's program at SJSU, residency in the state of California, demonstration of a GPA of at least 2.7 in all undergraduate work, demonstration/maintenance of a GPA of at least 3.0 in all coursework, demonstration of a minimum financial need of $1,000, and at least 12 semester units of graduate work left to be completed.

The reality of the scholarship program is that applicants in their first semester of study are awarded funds less frequently and those awards are generally smaller than if the applicant waits until his or her second semester or year.  It is difficult for first-semester students to acquire a mentor, to have letters of recommendation written on their behalf, and to build a track record of scholarship. While it remains in the rules governing the scholarship to allow beginning graduate students to apply, it would be to the benefit of the students to delay the application. Once an award is made, students may not apply for a second award the next year.  Students in one-year programs will be evaluated the same as though they were in the second year of  their master's program.

How To Apply

Read the first page of the Graduate Equity Fellowship application to make sure that you qualify to apply for the fellowship.  If so, complete the balance of the application and submit it, along with all required documents, to the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs, ADM 159, no later than Friday, June 24, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the program committee.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that all documents required for submission with the application are received by the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs, including sealed letters of recommendation from mentors. NOTE:  Letters of recommendation from faculty mentors must state their willingness to act as the applicant's mentor within the body of the recommendation letter.  

Who Is My Mentor?

A mentor is a faculty sponsor, of sorts, of your academic program.  It is someone who usually knows your scholastic history, potential, level of performance, plans, and goals.  It is a professor from whom you have taken a class or classes and who is impressed with your abilities.  It is a professor willing to spend quite a bit of time, not only writing you a recommendation for this scholarship, but working with you in the future on research and other activities that would enhance your education and prepare you for your future in or out of academics.