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Dr. Rodney Gross Diversity Scholarship


Eastern Kentucky University recognizes the important role of diversity in fulfilling its mission. Diversity is fundamental to critical thinking and thus enhances what we learn, how we interact with others, and how we participate as citizens in a global community. We are committed to recruiting and retaining students from all segments of society, including African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino. The Dr. Rodney Gross Diversity Scholarship program provides scholarships to applicants based on a holistic evaluation of academic achievement, listing of school activities and a personal essay. The program is intended for students pursuing their first undergraduate or graduate degree. Incoming freshman students must have a high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher with extracurricular support in athletics, community and/or student government services OR have a 3.0 grade point average or higher without extracurricular activities. If the student is a current EKU or transfer student, a minimum of a 2.5 college GPA is required.


Awards range from $1,000 to $3,000 per year and are applied to student’s tuition and fees. In order to retain the scholarship, the student must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average, be enrolled full-time, reapply annually, and participate in the Rodney Gross Scholars Program in the Center for Inclusive Excellence and Global Engagement (CIEGE) if the student is an incoming freshman. Incoming freshman students participating in the Dr. Rodney Gross Scholars Program participate in the Academic Monitoring Program by attending individual meetings with support staff three times each semester. First time freshman must also attend a mandatory six hours of study hall per week in the Dr. Rodney Gross Study Lounge (Whitlock 442) and are required to participate in the Freshmen Academy for Diverse Students.

Priority deadline: January 1

Official deadline: March 1

Register for the Dr. Rodney Gross Diversity Scholarship

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Scholarships recipients will be selected and notified via email by the University Scholarship Committee.