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John D. Minton Graduate Student Award

John D. Minton Award

The John D. Minton Graduate Student Award recognizes a graduate student for outstanding contributions to the academic discipline while pursuing a graduate degree. Dr. Minton demonstrated outstanding scholarship by serving WKU as a Professor of History, the first Dean of the Graduate School, a Vice President, and President. This award recognizes a graduate student’s extension and application of discipline knowledge within and beyond the University. Nominee accomplishments should reflect the broader dimensions of scholarship as outlined by Ernest Boyer: discovery, integration, application, and teaching.


Nomination materials are now being accepted via email to graduate.school@wku.edu through Friday, March 27, 2020.



Eligibility and Requirements

  • Graduate student completing all degree requirements in the fall 2019 semester or be a candidate for the spring 2020 or summer 2020 semesters
  • Nomination form (attached) and a letter of support from a WKU faculty member
  • Two additional letters of support from other university and/or community individuals who are familiar with the scholarship activities of the nominee
  • CV/Resume


A university‐wide committee will select the winner who:

  • Will receive a monetary award of $500;
  • Will be recognized at the spring 2020 Graduate Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 15th


The John D. Minton Graduate Student Award is not necessarily selected from the five college Outstanding Graduate Student winners.


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 Last Modified 3/13/20