Graduate Professional Scholarship AY 2019-2020

Deadline: 11:59pm EST, March 1, 2019


Description of the Graduate Professional Scholarship Award:

The Graduate School sponsors an annual Graduate Professional Scholarship competition for tuition awards in the fall and winter semesters. The GPS scholarship provides payment for resident tuition assessments only at the effective in-state Graduate School tuition rate–a minimum of 6 graduate credits and maximum of 10 credits can be covered in each of the fall and winter semesters. Covered courses must count towards degree requirements (undergraduate, audited or dropped courses are not covered by GPS). NOTE: This award is not transferrable between programs/departments. If the awardee changes programs the scholarship award is terminated.

Eligibility Requirements:    

  • Eligible students must have applied for or be enrolled in advanced professional degrees (Ed.D., MSW) or graduate degrees (Master's, Ph.D.) at Wayne State University. Students pursuing the PharmD., J.D. or M.D. are ineligible and should contact their schools or colleges concerning financial assistance.
  • New students must apply for admission prior to applying for the Graduate Professional Scholarship.
  • To be eligible to receive the award, new students must be formally admitted to an advanced professional or graduate program by May 1, 2019. Students admitted to post-bachelor, graduate non-degree and graduate certificate program are not eligible.

Other Important Financial Information: 

Before applying for or accepting any scholarship or fellowship, please consult with WSU Financial Aid regarding how such an award may affect your financial aid package, including loan eligibility.

Students who are assessed out-of-state tuition, including students on F1 visas and other non-resident students are still responsible for paying the out-of-state portion of their tuition bills. To determine if you qualify for in-state tuition rates, check here

Application Requirements:

The online scholarship application has five parts:

  1. Personal Data Form
  2. Personal Statement Form
  3. One Recommendation Letter that must be emailed directly from the recommender to by the deadline. 
  4. New Students-Unofficial transcripts from degree-granting universities attended  
  5. Current Students-Unofficial transcripts from Wayne State University 

All parts of the completed scholarship application must be submitted by the 11:59 pm, March 1, 2019 deadline. Incomplete, late or ineligible applications will not be processed for review.

Conditions for Acceptance of an Award:

*Recipients must be admitted to a degree program by May 1, 2019 and enroll in a graduate or advanced professional degree program at Wayne State during the Fall and Winter semesters for which the award is given.

*Recipients must make satisfactory progress in all courses and must register for a minimum of six graduate credit hours each semester to retain the scholarship award. 

Recipients may not hold:

  1. A graduate assistantship (GRA, GSA, GTA)
  2. A tuition-paying internship
  3. A tuition-paying fellowship
  4. A tuition-paying scholarship 
  5. A full-time WSU position with tuition benefits

*The scholarship must be used during the period for which it is granted: Fall 2019 and Winter 2020.

Application Instructions:

  1. Complete the Personal Data section. "Michigan Resident" is defined in the current Graduate Bulletin ( In general, if you have to come to Michigan for the purpose of going to school, you are not considered a resident and will be charged non-resident tuition. Indicate the date you first attended Wayne State as a graduate student or indicate Fall 2019 as the semester for which you are applying for admission.
  2. Complete the Personal Statement form. State your educational background and professional objectives clearly. We encourage you to prepare your statement carefully. 
  3. Have one recommendation letter completed by an individual who can assess your academic or professional qualifications. The recommendation should be from a person able to judge you academically. The recommendation letter must be emailed directly by the recommender to by the scholarship deadline date of 11:59 p.m. EST, March 1, 2019. 
  4. Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities you attended that awarded you a degree, as well as from WSU (if appropriate). If Fall semester 2019 is your first semester or attendance, a copy of your grade report is acceptable in lieu of a WSU transcript. The Scholarships and Fellowships Office cannot obtain your documents from any previous Graduate School or from your file in another campus office.    

Questions about this Graduate School Scholarship should be directed to

Submissions for this form have closed on March 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm.