Graduate Diversity Advancement Pathways Program (GDAPP)

Nominations Open

Nominations for the Graduate Diversity Advancement Pathways Program 2024-2025 cohort are now open.

Description

The Graduate Diversity Advancement Pathways Program (GDAPP) intends to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for domestic students from underrepresented groups and increase diversity in our graduate programs. GDAPP scholars are funded through a partnership between the WSU Graduate School and the student’s program. In addition to funding, recipients become part of the GDAPP Scholar community. GDAPP retention and professional development programming and services are available through the Graduate School. Priority is given to participants of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program or similar graduate education preparation programs.

Graduate programs may nominate up to two students for a GDAPP per year.

Eligibility

The Nominee must meet all eligibility criteria listed below.

  • Holds U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status 
  • Will enroll full-time in their graduate program during the academic years of the award 
  • Applying for their first doctoral degree, having already completed a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree from an accredited university. Those pursuing a master’s degree are also eligible if they are 1) Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Native American Pacific Islander (as defined in Section 320 of the Higher Education Act) OR 2) A Master’s degree is the terminal degree in the chosen field of study. 
  • Admitted or soon to be admitted into the nominating program 
  • Member of one or more of the following groups: African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Native American Pacific Islander (as defined in Section 320 of the Higher Education Act) OR woman in the Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics OR have participated in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program or similar graduate education preparation program 

Funding

The recipients of the GDAPP funding will receive a $5,000 scholarship each year for four years ($20,000 total over the four years). Continued funding in subsequent years after Year 1 are contingent on the student being in good standing. The scholarship payments are made directly to the student’s account. It will first cover any posted fees on the student account (e.g., mandatory fees that are required for students on an assistantship). The student will be refunded the remainder of the award either through a physical check or direct deposit. 

Note: For Master’s students, the amount will be $5,000 per year for two years ($10,000 total).

Nomination Process

Nominations must be submitted through the GDAPP Nomination Form. A complete nomination includes:

  • Completed nomination form with all requested information.
  • Upload the Nominee’s Graduate School Application and Transcripts.
  • Letter of Nomination addressing:
    • How this funding will support your department’s efforts in diversifying your graduate program.
    • Why this funding is important for recruiting this student.
    • The student’s academic merit and their demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and the advancement of underrepresented and under-resourced communities through their work, research, and/or scholarship.
    • The department’s plan for funding this student, specifically for the first year, and anticipatory for years 2 through 4.

Dates

Nominations Due: March 8th, 2024

Decision Date: No later than March 18th, 2024

Contacts

Raymond Herrera, Associate Vice Provost

raymond@wsu.edu

509-335-7702

Mayra Jazmin Garcia Rodriguez, Area Finance Officer

mayra.garcia@wsu.edu

509-335-5165

The GDAPP funding program was started in AY 2023-24 and replaces the RADS funding program, which was last offered in AY 2022-23.