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John D. Minton Graduate Student Award

John D. Minton Award

The John D. Minton 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, an administrative vice-president, and president of WKU.  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.

The John D. Minton Fellowship endows a cash award for the winner of this award.  Thanks to the generosity of the Minton family and other donors to the fellowship fund, the award will be $500 in 2017.  The Minton Award is presented at the spring commencement ceremony.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Graduate student completing all degree requirements in the Fall semester or be a candidate for the Spring or Summer semesters
  • Nomination form
  • Three letters of support from University and/or community individuals who are familiar with the scholarship activities of the nominee
  • CV/Resume


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 Last Modified 4/10/18