Graduate Academic Awards are presented each fall to one distinguished student in each academic program. Departments may nominate the same student to be considered for the Outstanding Scholar Award. There will be one outstanding scholar from each school in the university. The criteria established by the Graduate Studies Committee are:
Must have completed 12 credit hours in an approved graduate planned program of study.
- Must be in attendance at least one or more additional semesters following the semester of nomination.
- Shall be registered as a full or part-time student in good standing for a minimum of three (3) credits in the spring or fall semester of the academic year of the nomination.
- Must be pursuing either a Master's Degree, Sixth Year Program or the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.
- Must demonstrate minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 on the graduate transcript.
- Must have completed a minimum of nine (9) credits of graduate level courses in an approved planned program of study.
- Must have received no more than one B in courses in the approved planned program.
For the Academic Award: Must include signatures from both the advisor and an instructor at Central with whom the nominee has completed a graduate level course.
For the Outstanding Scholar Award: Must be nominated by department or program faculty and include two letters of recommendation from the adviser, instructor, graduate program director, or department chair that address how the nominee demonstrates as many as applicable of the Graduate Tenets.
Graduate students are limited to one graduate Academic Award during their course of graduate study at Central.