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Rackham Debt Management Award--Due Monday, March 30, 2009

Posted: March 25, 2009

The Debt Management Awards were established by anonymous donors to encourage Rackham doctoral students to pursue public interest careers upon completing their graduate degrees. This award is designed to lighten the financial burden for students with sizeable loan debt who will pursue public interest careers.

ELIGIBILITY. Students who are enrolled full-time and have reached candidacy in the following Rackham doctoral programs: Social Work and Social Science, all doctoral programs in Public Policy and Public Health, Nursing, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. Students must have spent at least 2 years in community service prior to beginning graduate school; must intend to return to public service careers in the United States upon graduation; and must carry student-related debt accrued during the undergraduate and/or graduate years. Participating graduate programs may nominate no more than three students.
AWARDS. At least four one-time awards of up to $10,000 will be made. Payments are issued after July 1.
SELECTION CRITERIA. Selection will be based upon academic merit, commitment to public service in the United States, and financial need.
NOMINATIONS. Nominating programs should submit two copies of each of the following:
DEADLINE: Please submit the following information below to the Doc Office by Monday, March 30th.
1. Nomination form (at Rackham’s web page);
can be found here

2. Brief statement of student's past community service work and intent to pursue a public service career in the United States upon graduation

3. Letter of recommendation from nominee's Graduate Program Chair or Faculty Advisor regarding academic progress and promise of achievement

4. An unofficial copy of the student's current University of Michigan transcript (transcripts printed directly from Wolverine Access are not acceptable)can be printed by the doctoral office staff

5. Current income and living expenses

6. Past awards since entering Graduate School

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