Applications are now being accepted for Brock’s Horizon Graduate Student Scholarship — a fund that will provide $1 million to high-achieving graduate students from Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and other under-represented groups.
The scholarship will provide 20 students each year for the next 10 years with a one-time award of $5,000 and help to ensure the University continues to attract top researchers and students from various fields while building a diverse and inclusive university community.
“Fostering a culture of inclusivity, accessibility, reconciliation and decolonization is a priority and pillar within the Strategic Plan approved by our University Senate and Board,” said Brock President Gervan Fearon. “This scholarship is directly aimed at advancing this goal and priority.”
“It is my hope that this scholarship will encourage and support students from Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) students and under-represented groups to explore research-based graduate studies and contributing to the Canada’s desire to build inclusive institutions and communities.”
In 2018, Brock established a new Institutional Strategic Plan that, in part, prioritizes fostering a campus culture of accessibility, reconciliation, decolonization and inclusivity. The Horizon Graduate Scholarship provides an important step towards achieving these objectives.
The scholarship is open to any graduate student in a research-based program who self-identifies as an individual in an under-represented group. This is not limited to the Canadian federal designations, but also individuals identified by Brock’s Office of Human Rights and Equity.
Suzanne Curtin, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, is pleased to see the University make this significant investment in graduate students.
“One of my goals as Dean of Graduate Studies is to remove barriers and provide supports for under-represented groups of students,” she said. “The Horizon Scholarship will provide graduate students the opportunity to pursue a research-based graduate program and contribute to Brock’s pool of globally relevant student research.”
Interested applicants are invited to visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies website to review the full award criteria and submit an application before the deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13.