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Diversity Essay

Many graduate programs use the diversity essay as one criterion when determining recommendations for fellowships/funding. The diversity essay should be 500 words or less responding to the following statement:

Describe your leadership, work experience, service experience, or other significant involvement with racial, ethnic, socio-economic, or educational communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education, and how these experiences would promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence.

The Purdue University Doctoral Fellowship, David M. Knox Fellowship, or George Washington Carver Fellowship, requires the submission of the diversity essay. Potential recipients of these fellowships are students who have received a degree from an accredited U.S. high school (include name of U.S. High School, City, State, and Zip code in your essay) and demonstrate superior academic achievements and abilities.

If you have additional questions about the submission of a diversity essay, please contact the graduate program to which you are applying.

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