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The Gupta Values Scholarship

The Gupta Values Scholarship Fund was established by the Gupta Family Foundation in 2017 in order to recognize integrity, commitment to human dignity, and dedication to excellence among graduate students at U-M. As the founders of the Gupta Family Foundation, Rackham alumna Margaret Gupta (M.A., Political Science) and her husband, Shashikant, wish to encourage the next generation of scholars to be agents for positive social change.

Eligibility

Any graduate student enrolled in a Rackham master’s or doctoral program and in good academic standing is eligible for the Gupta Values Scholarship. Students may receive this award only one time.

Selection Criteria

Award recipients will have demonstrated integrity in the face of challenges, a commitment to human dignity, and a dedication to excellence in all they do both inside and outside the academy.

Deadline

September 6, 2022

Award Description

Two awards of $7,500 will be made for spring/summer support. Awardees will be expected to travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with representatives of the Gupta Family Foundation and Gupta Value Scholars from other universities. This travel will be March 31 to April 2, 2023.

Application Process

A complete application will include:

  • An essay of up to 1,500 words that addresses the following:
    • The Gupta Values Scholarship is awarded based on applicants’ demonstrated commitment to the values of integrity, human dignity, and excellence.
    • Please describe a situation in your life where one (or more) of these values was challenged and how you handled it.
    • As an example, if you were put in a position where telling the truth would place you at risk? How did you respond?
    • As another example, how did you handle a situation where your or someone else’s dignity was being harmed by a person in a position of power?
    • Please be specific; avoid generalities.
  • Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s faculty advisor noting how the applicant demonstrates integrity, commitment to human dignity, and dedication to excellence.
  • Student’s curriculum vitae (c.v.).

Expectations and Responsibilities

  • Award recipients will be invited to attend a dinner in late October, 2022 at Michigan State University to meet with representatives of the Gupta Family Foundation and the Gupta Values Scholars from MSU. Transportation and the meal will be provided.
  • Awardees are also expected to be in Washington, D.C. from March 31 to April 2, 2023 to participate in Gupta Values Scholars weekend, including trips to historical sites, discussions and presentations. Air transportation, admission fees and other costs are covered separately from the scholarship award.

Apply for the Gupta Values Scholarship