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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


The Executive Committee of the Graduate Council, a university-wide representative body of the graduate faculty and graduate students, selects the winner of this award, who will be recognized at the Spring Graduate Commencement Ceremony.  Please contact Colette Chelf with any questions.


Minton Nomination Form

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 Last Modified 6/3/16