Graduate Student North Star Award

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The North Star Award

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%-50% tuition award sponsored by the Office of the Provost.  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.  

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Please be aware that application deadlines vary among departments. Please visit your program of choice to confirm application deadlines.

**If applying to a program under the School of Graduate Studies, please note: The "Additional Details" page of the application asks, "Would you like to be considered for the North Star Graduate Student Award?" Be sure to confirm your interest by checking "Yes"!

Online Application

Participating Programs & Admissions Information

Visit the links for additional information about specific, school-based programs. For admissions questions, applicants should reach out directly to the program or department to which they are applying.

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing offers North Star Awards for the following programs. For additional details please download this program overview

Master of Science, Master of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice

  • Nursing (30% discount, limit of five awards)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • Nursing (30% discount, limit of two awards)

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences offers North Star Awards for the following programs.**Note: The School will offer awards covering 50% of tuition in the programs below.

Master of Social Work

Master of Nonprofit Organizations

The School of Dental Medicine offers North Star Awards for the following programs.

Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)

The School of Law offers North Star Awards for all Master's programs and its JD Programs. The below list is a snapshot of programs from January 2021. For complete details, visit **Note: additional benefits for qualified students maybe be available on top of the North Star Award.

Master's in Patent Practice

Master of Compliance and Risk Management

Master of Law (LLM) Programs

Juris Doctor (JD)

The School of Medicine offers North Star Awards for the following programs.**Note: All listed programs have a cap of two (2) North Star Awards for the first year of the program.

Master of Arts

Master of Science

Master of Public Health

PRIME - Postbac for MD/DO Career Path

The Weatherhead School of Management offers North Star Awards for the following programs. **Note: The School will offer awards covering 50% of tuition in the programs below. There will not be a cap on students.  All qualified applicants will be considered for admission.

Master's Degrees