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Rackham Debt Management Award - Due Friday, March 5, 2010

Posted: February 01, 2010

Debt Management Awards
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.

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.

Selection Criteria
Selection will be based upon academic merit, commitment to public service in the United States, and financial need.

Dept. Deadline
Friday, March 5, 2010

Award Description
At least four one-time awards of up to $10,000 will be made. Payments will be issued after July 1.

Nomination Procedure
Students must be nominated by their program for this award. Participating programs may nominate no more than 3 students.
To nominate a student for this award, graduate programs must complete an online nomination form and submit the entry to Rackham's Fellowship website.
If you would like to be nominated for this award, please submit the following information below to the Doc Office by Friday, March 5th.

• Student's personal statement including a brief statement of their past community service work and intent to pursue a public service career in the United States upon graduation;
• Letter of recommendation from the nominee's graduate program chair or faculty advisor regarding their academic progress and promise of achievement;
• Statement regarding the student's current means of support (including source, amount and length of support) and living expenses;
• Amount of student loans, subsidized and unsubsidized, and amount of yearly interest on unsubsidized student loans;
• A current curriculum vitae (c.v.)


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