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NOVA SCOTIA BLACK AND FIRST NATIONS STUDENTS GRADUATE ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS

Dalhousie University offers entrance scholarships valued at $15,000 each, awarded annually to a First Nations and an Indigenous Black student entering a Dalhousie graduate program for the first time following graduation from a Dalhousie University undergraduate program. The objective of these scholarships is to increase the representation of Indigenous Black and First Nations communities in the university’s wide diversity of graduate programs, and ultimately in the academy and in advanced professional occupations. The graduate program may be at the Master’s or Doctoral level, and may include professional, course-based or thesis-based programs.

ELIGIBILITY AND CONDITIONS. i) The scholarships are open to Indigenous Black and First Nations students, residents of Nova Scotia (first preference) or former residents returning to Nova Scotia (second preference), who have completed a Dalhousie University undergraduate program and are entering their first Dalhousie University graduate program. ii) An Indigenous Black person is one who a) is the child of birth parents at least one of whom is of African descent; b) whose parents were living in Nova Scotia at the date of birth; and, c) whose African Canadian parent(s) was (were) born in Canada. iii) In accordance with the Constitution Act, 1982, part II, Section 35(2), a first Nations applicant is an Indian, Inuit or Metis person of Canada, and a person who is accepted by one of the First Nations of Nova Scotia as a member of their community. iv) Students must have been accepted into a Dalhousie Graduate program administered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, with an admission GPA of 3.3 (B+) or higher. Admission GPA’s are based on the last two years (six terms) of undergraduate study. v) Candidates who hold other scholarships of any kind, including scholarships internal and external to Dalhousie University, will receive the Indigenous Black and First Nations Graduate Entrance Scholarship as a “top-up award” to their other scholarship, the total not exceeding $15,000 per academic year or $5,000 per term. vi) Recipients of this scholarship must begin full-time academic study at Dalhousie in the academic year for which it has been awarded. vii) The scholarship is renewable for a maximum of one year (three academic terms) for students maintaining good standing in the first year of their program. viii) Applications for first awards and for renewals will be considered by a special Scholarship Committee constituted by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Award and renewal decisions are final and cannot be appealed. APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Students must complete the attached application form and submit it to the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In addition to the academic record and reference letters already available in the admission file of the student, applicants for this scholarship must include with the completed application form: A signed, one-page statement of their career development to date, their future career aspirations, and the relevance of their proposed graduate program at Dalhousie University to those aspirations. The statement should include the information confirming the eligibility of the applicant with respect to points i), ii), and iii) of the eligibility and conditions section above. A letter of reference from a member of the community. This letter can be “free form”; comments in particular of the student’s past, current or future role in the community would be helpful to the Selection Committee. The member of the community could be someone who has knowledge of the applicant’s role in the Nova Scotia Black or First Nations communities, and should not be an employee or faculty member of Dalhousie University. In applying for this scholarship, the applicant undertakes to report all scholarships awarded for the current and next academic year to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The deadline for receipt of the application complete with the career development statement and community letter of reference will be May 15. APPLICATIONS TO BE SUBMITTED TO: Faculty of Graduate Studies Dalhousie University Room 314, Henry Hicks Building 6299 South Street PO BOX 15000 Halifax, NS, Canada, B3H 4R2 FURTHER INQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO: Faculty of Graduate Studies Dalhousie University graduate.studies@dal.ca Tel. (902) 494-2485 For Dalhousie University graduate program information: www.dalgrad.dal.ca

Revised January 2012

IF NOT YET GRADUATED): UNIVERSITY                   SCHOLARSHIPS CURRENTLY/PREVIOUSLY HELD: SCHOLARSHIP NAME                   DATES HELD (D/M/Y)                   UNIVERSITY/ORGANISATION                   DEGREE                   DISCIPLINE                   MONTH/YEAR OF (EXPECTED) COMPLETION                   OTHER AWARDS CONFERRED OR ACHIEVEMENTS RECOGNISED: TITLE                   DATES RECEIVED (D/M/Y)                   UNIVERSITY/ORGANISATION                   ACADEMIC PROGRAMME FOR WHICH SCHOLARSHIP IS REQUESTED: PROGRAMME:       DEPARTMENT:       DATE OF ACCEPTANCE (D/M/Y):       REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS (CHECK BOXES TO INDICATE INCLUSION OF ATTACHMENT): A SIGNED. A LETTER OF REFERENCE FROM A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY       NAME OF APPLICANT SIGNATURE       DATE Revised January 2012 .APPLICATION—NOVA SCOTIA BLACK AND FIRST NATIONS STUDENTS GRADUATE ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS   NAME: STUDENT ID: CURRENT LOCAL MAILING ADDRESS: E-MAIL: MUST BE WORD-PROCESSED OR TYPEWRITTEN APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 15TH                         ACADEMIC RECORD (INCLUDE CURRENT DALHOUSIE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME. THEIR FUTURE CAREER ASPIRATIONS AND THE RELEVANCE OF THEIR PROGRAMME OF STUDIES TO THOSE ASPIRATIONS. ONE PAGE STATEMENT OF THEIR CAREER DEVELOPMENT TO DATE.