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.