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Full scholarships for 10 Black men seeking Ph.D. in education – deadline Aug. 21

August 2, 2009
Only 2.1 percent of all doctoral degrees from U.S. universities in 2008 were awarded to Black men. To improve those odds, the University of Pennsylvania will pay for 10 Black men to study for their Ph.D. in education. Only Black male juniors in college are eligible, and they must apply by Aug. 21.
Only 2.1 percent of all doctoral degrees from U.S. universities in 2008 were awarded to Black men. To improve those odds, the University of Pennsylvania will pay for 10 Black men to study for their Ph.D. in education. Only Black male juniors in college are eligible, and they must apply by Aug. 21.
Black men earned only 2.1 percent of doctoral degrees awarded at American universities in 2008. In response, the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education has made a serious commitment to preparing promising Black male scholars for admission to and success in Ph.D. programs in education.

We are seeking to identify talented Black male undergraduates who are entering their junior year for participation in our Black Male Grad Prep Academy, a program that includes a four-day visit to the University of Pennsylvania in November 2009. We will select 10 Black male juniors and cover all their travel expenses, lodging and meals.

During their visit to our campus, the selected scholars will learn more about applying to and succeeding in graduate school, hear about the excellent research of our faculty, interact with our Black male graduate students and alumni and tour Philadelphia. Next spring, we will pay for academy participants to take a three-month Kaplan course valued at $1,200 to prepare for the Graduate Record Exam. The GRE is required for admission to most education doctoral programs.

Additionally, each academy participant will be paired with a current Black male Ph.D. student in education at Penn GSE or elsewhere who will offer mentoring throughout the graduate school application process, feedback on essays and other application materials, and advice on where else to apply besides Penn GSE. Lastly, academy scholars who apply for fall 2011 admission to one of our Ph.D. programs at Penn GSE will receive an application fee waiver; that deadline is Dec. 1, 2010.

Because a master’s degree is not required for admission to Ph.D. programs at Penn GSE, our goal is to enroll as many of the academy participants as possible in our doctoral programs in Fall 2011, the semester after completion of their undergraduate degrees. Each of our Ph.D. students is fully funded for four years and supported by paid research assistantships with faculty.

Academy participation in no way guarantees eventual admission to the University of Pennsylvania. If not at Penn GSE, our larger aim is for all 10 scholars to enroll in highly selective graduate programs in education at top research universities in Fall 2011.

THIS PROGRAM IS FOR BLACK MALE JUNIORS ONLY – those who are starting their junior year of college in fall 2009 and anticipate earning bachelor’s degrees at the end of Spring 2011. Applications are invited from students across all majors, not just education. However, only those who have intellectual interests that are somehow related to education (the study of teaching and learning, human development, educational psychology and counseling, history of education, K-12 or higher education leadership, sociology or philosophy of education, language and literacy, educational disparities that disadvantage certain populations, education finance, research methodologies applied to education, student affairs and college student development, or K-12 or higher education policy) should apply.

All application materials must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Friday, Aug. 21, 2009. The application form is posted at http://www.gse.upenn.edu/grad_prep. Each applicant will receive a decision within four weeks.

Direct all questions to Black Male Grad Prep Academy Co-Directors Professor Shaun R. Harper at sharper1@upenn.edu and Penn GSE Dean Andrew C. Porter at andyp@upenn.edu.

5 thoughts on “Full scholarships for 10 Black men seeking Ph.D. in education – deadline Aug. 21

  1. A

    How does restricting the scholarship to a particular race and gender not count as discrimination? How is it even legal? How do you determine if someone is sufficiently black to qualify?

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  2. Whitey

    I’m sure civil rights organizations across the country are chomping at the bit to challenge this blatant violation of the Civil Rights Act. Lets all hold hold our breath together and wait for Morris Dees to ride to the rescue.

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  3. U R Racists

    This website is a fraud. If you click on the application link provided at the end of this article, you’ll see the original article minus the RACIST insertion of the word “black”. This racist website this sentence this way:

    “THIS PROGRAM IS FOR BLACK MALE JUNIORS ONLY”

    The original simply reads:

    “THIS PROGRAM IS FOR JUNIORS ONLY”

    In the original article, the words “black male” never appear. This is just a hate filled racist website that should probably be criminally charged with discrimination, plagiarism, and many other hate crimes. Can’t we all just get along?

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  4. Johnson

    Have they announced which young men have been chosen for this great program yet?! This is great for young black males doing things with thier lives!

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  5. Online Phd Programs

    Such a great step taken by the University of Pennsylvania, this will help to increase the numbers of educators and also make country recognize by having more PhD degree holders in their country.

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