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Dr. Rodney T. Gross Scholars

Eastern Kentucky University recognizes the important role of diversity in fulfilling its mission. Diversity is fundamental to critical thinking and thus enhances what we learn, how we interact with others, and how we participate as citizens in a global community. We are committed to recruiting and retaining students from all segments of society, including African American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Hispanic, or Latino. The Dr. Rodney Gross Diversity Scholarship program provides scholarships to applicants based on a holistic evaluation of academic achievement, listing of school engagement activities and a personal essay. The program is intended for students pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Incoming freshman students must have a high school grade point average of 2.75 or higher. If the student is a current EKU or transfer student, a minimum of a 2.75 college GPA is required.

Award: Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 per year and are applied to student's tuition and fees. In order to retain the scholarship, the student must maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average, be enrolled full-time, accept the scholarship annually, and participate in Rodney Gross Scholars Programs in the Center for Inclusive Excellence and Global Engagement (CIEGE). Incoming freshman students participating in the Dr. Rodney Gross Scholars Program attend individual check-in meetings with CIEGE support staff each semester. First time freshmen must also attend a mandatory six hours of study hall per week in the Center for Inclusive Excellence and Global Engagement (Powell #013) and are required to participate in the Freshmen Academy for Diverse Students.

Priority deadline: January 1st 

Official deadline: March 1st

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Scholarship recipients will be selected and notified via email by the University Scholarship Committee.

Contact Bruce E. Mitchell, II with questions at 859-622-1906 or

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