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By Ralph Derickson

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The Kentucky Graduate Scholarships will carry a value of $7,220 each academic year based on projected 2001-02 tuition and fee levels.

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Jan. 9, 2001 – (Lexington, Ky.) – In order to attract more high-caliber graduate students at the national and international level, starting in the fall semester of 2001, the University of Kentucky will offer new non-resident graduate students who meet certain academic requirements the much lower in-state tuition rate.

The Kentucky Graduate Scholarships will carry a value of $7,220 each academic year based on projected 2001-2002 tuition and fee levels of $1,973 per full-time semester for resident graduate students and $5,583 for non-resident students.

To be eligible for the merit scholarships, applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.00 scale and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 on any prior graduate studies.

The Graduate School must receive a completed application for admission by June 15, 2001.  All non-resident applicants will be automatically considered for the award.  No separate application is required, said Michael Nietzel, Graduate School dean.

The scholarships are renewable through the completion of all degree requirements for students who remain in good academic standing.  The scholarship offer is only applicable for fall and spring semesters and is not available for summer terms.

"This new scholarship program represents a major effort by the University of Kentucky to recruit and educate graduate students of the highest caliber," said UK President Charles T. Wethington, Jr.  "I am extremely pleased with this bold initiative."

 "The scholarships will advance two important goals simultaneously: recruiting the world's best graduate students and encouraging them to stay in the Commonwealth and become part of Kentucky's economic growth and technological developments," Dean Nietzel added.  "These scholarships should enable UK to enhance its reputation as one of the nation's leading institutions for comprehensive graduate education."

For further information about the Kentucky Graduate Scholarships, call the Graduate School, (859) 257-4613, or visit the school's Web site at

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