Timothy R. Donoghue Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship program was initiated by Timothy Donoghue, former Graduate School dean, as a way to recruit top candidates throughout the United States to K-State graduate programs by offering graduate assistantship packages that are highly competitive. Donoghue Scholarships enhance the maximum package a graduate program can offer to top candidates, making the total package a partnership between the graduate program and the Graduate School. Master's students are awarded a $3,000 scholarship and doctoral students are awarded a $5,000 scholarship for one academic year. The scholarship may be renewed for a second year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Scholarship nominees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Nominees must be applying to a master’s or doctoral degree program at K-State; current graduate students are not eligible
  • Nominees must be appointed to a .5 FTE assistantship each semester the scholarship is effective

Nomination Procedures

Nominations must be submitted by graduate programs to the Graduate School. Students may not self-nominate.

  • Submit the nomination form (doc) to donoghuescholarship@ksu.edu by February 19, 2021
    • In the form, include a strong, detailed justification for the nomination
    • The nomination form must indicate the amount of the assistantship stipend and whether tuition is provided. The amount of the stipend cannot be decreased if the student is selected for a Donoghue scholarship.
  • The admission recommendation must be submitted by the graduate program to the Graduate School prior to submitting nomination for this scholarship
  • Funding is limited, and each graduate program may submit up to six nominations. Programs must rank nominations if submitting more than one. Detailed information is required in order for the most outstanding nominees to be selected.
  • Programs will be notified of funding decisions in early March

Funding Guidelines

  • Funding is limited, and scholarships will be very competitive; up to 10 master’s students and 20 doctoral students will be awarded scholarships
  • Master’s students are eligible to receive a $3,000 scholarship
  • Doctoral students are eligible to receive a $5,000 scholarship
  • The scholarship is renewable for a second year upon re-nomination by the graduate program and student fulfillment of the expectations noted below

Scholarship Procedures

  • Selected students will be notified via email the by March 12, 2021. The nominating graduate program will be copied on the notification.
  • Selected students must notify the Graduate School and nominating graduate program whether they wish to accept or decline the scholarship by April 15, 2021. Failure of the recipient to notify the Graduate School via email by April 15 will result in the scholarship being awarded to another applicant.
  • Due to the limited number of Donoghue scholarships available, the scholarship cannot be deferred to another semester
  • All scholarships will begin in the fall semester
  • The scholarship will be will be disbursed to the student’s KSIS financial account. Half of the scholarship will be disbursed at the beginning of the fall semester, and the second half will be disbursed at the beginning of the spring semester.

Student Expectations to Renew Scholarship

Scholarships are renewable for one additional academic year upon re-nomination by the graduate program and student fulfillment of the expectations outlined below:

  • Remain in good academic standing
  • Maintain at least a 3.4 GPA
  • Be appointed on a .5 FTE assistantship each semester the scholarship is effective
  • Participate in Graduate School-sponsored orientation session(s) and other activities planned for students receiving scholarships
  • Serve in leadership roles within the graduate program, academic department, and/or Graduate Student Council activities and committees
  • Participate in professional development workshops/seminars sponsored by the Graduate School and Graduate Student Council


Please direct questions about the Timothy Donoghue scholarship to donoghuescholarship@ksu.edu or Cynthia Brott at 785-532-6191.