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Williams Graduate School at Appalachian establishes Chancellor’s Fellows Program, Applications accepted through Aug. 1

BOONE—The Cratis D. Williams Graduate School at Appalachian State University has established a Chancellor’s Fellows Program that will provide $5,000 each to 10 first-year graduate students every year.

These financial incentives will enable academic departments offering graduate degrees to recruit top applicants from North Carolina and other states. The fellowships are renewable for a second year for qualifying students.

Edelma Huntley, dean of research and graduate studies said, “One of the graduate school’s goals is to create attractive funding packages so that Appalachian’s graduate programs can compete with other institutions for the most qualified applicants. Assistantship stipends have already been raised for the coming year; the fellowships are another step toward achieving this goal.”

The first fellowships will be awarded in August for the 2006-07 academic year. Thereafter, scholarship applications will be due in February for fall semester awards.

“We are opening the application process early to jump start the program,” said Holly Hirst, associate dean for graduate studies.

Graduate students have until Aug. 1 to submit their application for the fall. To qualify, students must be admitted to one of Appalachian’s master’s, specialist or doctoral programs as a full-time graduate student, score in the 75th percentile or higher on each section of the required entrance exam (GRE, GMAT, MAT) using scores that are no more than three years old, and have a 3.7 or higher cumulative GPA for each postsecondary degree.

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Hirst says the ability to offer Chancellor Fellows funding and assistantships from other sources will enable academic departments on campus to recruit and keep talented students.

“We’re not competitive with other graduate programs, particularly those in neighboring states because we don’t have the capability of waiving out-of-state tuition,” Hirst said.

“We believe the competitive financial package that we can offer students through this fellowship will enable us to recruit the best students and retain the best students from North Carolina and from out of state.”

Currently, it costs out-of-state full-time students $13,902.50 in tuition and fees a year to attend Appalachian. In-state full-time students pay $4,319.50 a year.