North Star Scholars

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What is the North Star Scholars program?

At CWRU, we stand true to our North Star, which reads: Case Western Reserve is a high-impact research university that aspires to be a community where humanity, science and technology meet to create a just and thriving world.

We invite scholars from our partnering Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to join our graduate and professional student community in its quest toward this North Star. Students who meet the discipline-based qualifications and matriculate from one of our partner institutions will be considered for the North Star Award.

Not only are application fees waived, but selected scholars will automatically receive a 30% tuition award. In addition, selected North Star Award recipients will join a community of peers and colleagues who will support one another and grow together in their understanding and journey toward contributing to a just and thriving world.


Meet our North Star Scholars

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Jalan Drummonds
Jackson State University

"I am thrilled to embark on this new chapter following my graduation from Jackson State University, where I look forward to engaging with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures from around the globe. "

Caitlyn Gillespie
Caitlyn Gillespie
Fisk University
Master of Public Health (MPH) '23

"My time as a North Star Scholar was transformative. I met plenty of people  who shared the same passions as me. Still, we all had different backgrounds and career goals. Our differing ideas helped us approach public health in a different way that allows for everyone- regardless of background." 

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Treasure (LiAnn) Carpenter
Jackson State University
MA Bioethics and Medical Humanities '23
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Kiara Thomas
Howard University
MS Nutrition '23


Current Institutional Partners:

Dillard University

Fisk University

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Florida A&M University (FAMU)

Hampton University

Howard University

Jackson State University

North Carolina Central University 

Savannah State University

Tougaloo College 

Tuskegee University

Xavier University of Louisiana 


Learn More!

If you are interested in learning more about the North Star Scholars Program or the CWRU School of Medicine Graduate programs, let us know!