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Financial Aid

All applicants are automatically considered for financial support by the Patterson School's Admissions and Fellowship Committee. Assistance may be awarded based upon merit, need, or a combination of the two. The committee places an emphasis on intellectual achievement and experience that indicates a genuine commitment to a career in international affairs. Aid normally takes the form of scholarships, fellowships, or tuition reductions, rather than loans.

Overall resources for general student assistance are limited, as is the norm with professional graduate schools. Three significant mitigating factors for all applicants, however, are the relatively affordable cost of tuition at the University of Kentucky, the overall low cost of living in Lexington and the fact our program can be completed in just three semesters.

As regards tuition, applicants from ten Southern U.S. states curently qualify for reduced tuition via the Academic Common Market. This program, run under the auspices of the Southern Regional Education Board, enables students to pursue unique majors offered at public institutions in states other than their own while paying the applicable in-state tuition. Students need to pay careful attention to their home state's deadlines and application requirements and process.

Applicants may be considered for a variety of special sources of financial support. These include the Wethington, Mathews, Reedy, and Singletary Fellowships administered by the university. The University of Kentucky Financial Aid Office can provide further information regarding these and other potential sources of assistance.

The Patterson School also has a number of dedicated fellowships for outstanding students. In addition to Patterson School Fellowships, the Ralph Canine Fellowship, and the John D. Rommel Scholarship, these include:

Vince Davis

This fellowship was established to recognize the enormous contribution Vince Davis made as Director of the Patterson School from 1972 to 1993. Dr. Davis graduated from Vanderbilt and became a naval aviator, but soon returned to academia to earn his Ph.D. from Princeton. He taught at Princeton, Dartmouth, and Denver before coming to Kentucky to take on what would become a life project. With enormous vision, energy, and leadership, he propelled the Patterson School to greatness. He died March 28, 2003. The fellowship is awarded to a student who combines Vince Davis' intellectual prowess and leadership potential. No special application is required for this fellowship.

Barbara Schell

The Barbara L. Schell Memorial Fellowship was established to honor the memory of an exceptional Foreign Service Officer. Ms. Schell was part of a United Nations relief mission to create a safe haven for Kurds in April 1994 when the helicopter she was traveling in was shot down over Northern Iraq by US Air Force F-15s. The friendly fire incident killed 15 Americans. A career FSO specializing in the Middle East, Ms. Schell had served in Egypt, Syria, Algeria, and Iran. She was driven by the same passion that is typical of Patterson School students. The fellowship is awarded to student who embodies Ms. Schellís intellect, character, and commitment to help people. No special application is required for this fellowship.

Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship

The Henry Clay Fellowship was established to further the vision of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship to promote the ideals and principles of "the Great Compromiser." While best known for his success in delaying the American Civil War, Clay played instrumental roles in diplomacy and international commerce. He helped negotiate the Treaty of Ghent (ending the War of 1812), a Convention to Regulate Commerce and Navigation with the United Kingdom, and served as Secretary of State under President John Quincy Adams. The fellowship, awarded each year to an alumnus of the Center's annual student Congress, covers the cost of tuition for the three semesters required to complete our MA program.  The Henry Clay Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of James R. Boyd and the Halliburton Foundation.

Rose Hayden

Dr. Hayden served as deputy director of the Latin America and the Caribbean Region of the Peace Corps and later led the President's Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies. The Commission's report declared American incompetence in foreign languages to be "nothing short of scandalous" and stressed that effective leadership in international affairs required "well-trained and experienced experts." Dr. Hayden recognized there was not simply a national security rationale but an economic imperative that required America to encourage the study of foreign languages. Support from this fund is intended to reward Patterson School students who have already become "well-trained" linguistically and are now seeking to expand their professional "experience" through international internships. The award is not intended for additional language study.

International Students

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International students typically comprise approximately twenty percent of each year's entering class, with representatives coming from all regions of the world. Their contribution to our program of study is invaluable. International students frequently attend the Patterson School under the William J. Fulbright Foreign Student program (worldwide). Some students are also able to get a reduction in tuition cost from the University of Kentucky on the basis of their outstanding academic record. We are working to expand the financial assistance resources available to support international students. The Patterson School administers two in-house fellowships designated for students from particular world regions.

Kewal Singh

This fellowship honors a remarkable diplomat and statesman who served India as ambassador/High Commissioner to fifteen countries (including the US and the USSR) and rose to become Foreign Secretary. In retirement, Ambassador Singh was Distinguished World Statesman in Residence at the Patterson School from 1979 until his death in 1991, inspiring generations of our graduates. The Kewal Singh Fellowship is normally awarded to a student from India, but it can also be given to students from other South Asian nations. When no qualified student from South Asia is attending the Patterson School, the fellowship may be used to support a student pursuing an internship in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, or Nepal. No special application is required for this fellowship.

This fellowship was established by an alumnus to honor a South African man -- raised in one of Johannesburg's poorest townships, during the toughest years of apartheid -- who made a positive influence in his life. The Patterson School has a proud tradition of drawing exceptionally strong students from Africa committed to making a difference in their homelands. A prime example is Naomi Tutu (í79), the daughter of Cape Town Archbishop and Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu. Today, Ms. Tutu remains a passionate advocate for peace and human rights in Africa. The Thebe Mphenyeke Fellowship is available to assist a student from sub-Saharan Africa. In the absence of an appropriate African student, it can also be awarded to a student from a developing country. No special application is required for this fellowship.

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