As an institution that is committed to celebrating and advancing our diverse student body, scholarships that aid students who are already agents of change in their communities are of great import. Giving to any of these scholarship funds allows for more opportunities for the leaders of tomorrow in underrepresented communities on our campus.

Undergraduate Scholarships

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Doc Kelker Scholarship

Frank “Doc” Kelker, WRU ‘39 was the All-Around Athlete of Western Reserve University and advocate for the youth of Cleveland. His passion for education and the university are embodied in this scholarship fund to assist underrepresented undergraduates at CWRU. 

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Douglas W. Nock Scholarship

This scholarship is meant to recognize those who have advanced the mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community at Case Western Reserve University or as a high school student in their community.

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Michael E. Fisher Scholarship

As Assistant Director of Admissions, Michael Fisher focused his efforts on the recruitment and retention of African American students at CWRU. Fisher’s dedication to the retention of and opportunities for African-American students is reflected in this scholarship supporting undergraduates in their second year of study. 

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Stephanie Tubbs Jones Scholarship

From her time as President of the Afro-American Society to her time serving the 11th district of Ohio, Representative Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, BA ‘71, JD 74’, was a fiercely dedicated public servant. This named scholarship is thus dedicated to the support of students who have worked towards the improvement of their community on this campus and in the greater Cleveland area.

Graduate Scholarships

Diane O. McDaniel
Diane O. McDaniel Scholarship

Throughout her successful career at both Acme-Cleveland Corp. and Cleveland Metroparks, Diane O. McDaniel, MBA‘87 has been a continuously dedicated alumnus. It is through her generous giving that this scholarship exists to assist diverse students who are pursuing an MBA or a Master’s of Science in Positive Organizational Development. 

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Fred D. Gray Scholarship

The legacy of Fred Gray, JD ‘54 as a civil rights activist is one that cannot be forgotten. In honor of his legal work fighting for the rights of African-Americans, this named scholarship serves as assistance for diverse students working towards a Juris Doctor from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. 

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Louis Stokes Fellowship in Community Development

Congressman Louis Stokes, WRU ‘48 served Ohio’s 21st and then 11th districts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971 to 1999. Stokes’ legacy of profound service to the community continues in this named fund to provide students at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences who exemplify leadership in serving underserved populations. 

Doctor Robert Haynie
Robert L. Haynie MD PhD Scholarship

Dr. Robert L. Haynie (GRS ’72, MED ’78) recently retired as the Dean of the Robbins Society, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the CWRU School of Medicine. This named scholarship, designated to aid underrepresented students enrolled in the School of Medicine, serves to continue his commitment to medicine, education, and eliminating barriers to both. 

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Frances Payne Bolton Leaders Scholarship Fund

In a field as diverse as medicine, it is important for an equally diverse nursing workforce to be trained in the most recent life saving techniques. The Frances Payne Bolton Leaders Scholarship Fund has thus been launched in order to curb the prohibitive cost of a graduate education. Contributions to the fund help to provide the formal education and professional coaching necessary to prepare these students to serve as nurse leaders in their field of specialization.

Diversity Scholarship Fund

The Diversity Scholarship Fund has been established in order to provide an opportunity for donors to contribute to a fund that will can be used to bolster any new endowments aimed at supporting students from underrepresented communities.

Interested in creating an endowed scholarship? Have questions about how you can help promote diversity through giving?

Contact Anne Borchert at or 216.368.0242.