The University of Cincinnati has announced that it has created the Provost Graduate Fellowship that will provide financial aid for students from underrepresented minority groups in the university’s graduate programs. The new program will provide a three-year, $25,000 fellowship that include free tuition for doctoral studies at the university.
Beverly Davenport, provost at the University of Cincinnati, stated that “as the chief academic officer of the university, I want to invest in graduate education. There are a whole host of academic issues that I could invest in, and I try to choose the ones that need the most support. There was a void at the university level for these types of fellowships, so I wanted to fill that. Your budget should follow your values.”
Dr. Davenport added her reasons for funding fellowships for minority students because “diversity adds value in every way. It brings a broader array of perspectives and intellectual contributions. It also changes the questions we ask, the ways in which we approach them, the creative endeavors we produce, and the results of our work. We cannot solve the world’s great challenges if we continue to sit at the table with people trained exactly the way we were.”