New Graduate Student North Star Award scholarship program deepens commitment to diversity and inclusion
Case Western Reserve University is partnering with nine Minority Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to offer scholarships that cover at least 30% of tuition for dozens of the university’s leading graduate programs. The partnership will also establish long-lasting, collaborative research and teaching relationships between these universities.
“At Case Western Reserve, we are striving to build a more diverse and inclusive community, where humanity, science and technology meet to create a just and thriving world,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Ben Vinson III. “With our new North Star Award program, we’re seeking graduate and professional students from such high-quality partnering institutions who uphold those same guiding principles. The award will also create meaningful connections between our institutions that we can use to strengthen and elevate the impact of our educational missions.”
“Xavier University of Louisiana, like other HBCUs, was founded on a commitment to excellence and as an act of what we would now call antiracism,” said Anne McCall, Xavier’s provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. “As we near our centennial year of struggle and success, we are proud to work together with Case Western Reserve University, one of our nation’s premier institutions. Our relationship is a significant commitment to increasing graduate and professional school opportunities for our students and helping our nation fulfill its promise.”
As part of the university’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, several of the professional and graduate schools are pursuing detailed agreements with select HBCUs designed to encourage more underrepresented minority students to attend Case Western Reserve.