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Diversity, Equity and Access Council

The diversity fellowship is designed to promote Tennessee Technological University's commitment to a more inclusive and diverse campus that enriches the educational experience, promotes personal growth and a healthy society, strengthens communities and the workplace, and enhances America's economic competitiveness. This diversity can be developed through exposure to diverse persons, cultures, social, political, and economic ideas, and better prepares students as professionals in an increasingly diverse workforce and society. The diversity of enrollment enriches the educational experience and is a compelling interest in higher education. We learn from those whose beliefs and perspectives are different from our own, and these lessons can be best taught in the richly diverse intellectual and social environment of a heterogeneous student body.

A flexible, holistic, and individualized approach will be adopted in awarding the diversity fellowships on a competitive basis. In order to become eligible, applicants must be admitted in full standing to the TTU Graduate School, demonstrate appreciation for and commitment to diversity, and meet at least two of the following criteria.

  • Belong to an underrepresented racial/ethnic minority group (African-Americans/Blacks, Hispanics, American Indians/Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islanders)
  • Be a resident of one of the educationally underserved/underrepresented areas (refer to list below)*
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and belong to an underrepresented/underserved gender in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business, and nursing
  • Demonstrate character, motivation and ability to succeed in graduate studies based on academic record and a written essay.

An applicant is expected to have identified a graduate faculty member who has agreed to serve as his or her advisor prior to applying for an award.

Submit an application, describing your eligibility for an award and endorsed by your advisor, to the TTU Graduate School.

List of educationally underserved/underrepresented counties are:

Bledsoe, Campbell, Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Grundy, Hamilton, Jackson, Macon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Rhea, Scott, Sequatchie, Smith, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, White.

Graduate assistantships and fellowships at Tennessee Technological University will be awarded based on Tennessee Tech’s commitment to a more inclusive and diverse campus that enriches the educational experience, promotes personal growth and a healthy society, strengthens communities and workplace, and enhances America’s economic competitiveness. A flexible, holistic, and individualized approach to awarding graduate assistantships and fellowships will be based on the following criteria:

  • Personal characteristics such as motivation and ability to pursue graduate studies
  • Underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and nursing disciplines in order to build more healthy and diverse learning environments
  • Underrepresented/underserved groups of all kinds based on socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, creed, and geographic region in order to attract those students that have historically been educationally underserved and/or underrepresented and who may have viewpoints and perspectives that can serve to enrich the learning experience of all students