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Diversity Essay

Did you graduate from a U.S. high school?  If not, you do not need to complete this essay.

This essay is optional, even for those that graduated from U.S. high schools. The diversity essay is used by many graduate programs as one criterion when selecting nominations for specific fellowships focused on enhancing the diversity of our graduate student body. It is not used in determining admission into a graduate program.

The diversity essay should be 500 words or less and directly address the following prompt:

 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, and George Washington Carver Fellowship, all require 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 demonstrated superior academic achievements and abilities. More information about these fellowships is available on the fellowship website.

 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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