Gustavus Diversity Center 

Textbook Award

The Diversity Center offers a textbook award (up to $250 per semester) to help subsidize the cost of textbooks for students from a) historically underrepresented, first-generation to college, LGBTQ+, and/or multi-lingual backgrounds, who are b) Pell- or Minnesota State Grant eligible. Students who meet these qualifications must submit an application to be reviewed by the selection team comprised of no less than four members from the 3Cs Team (the Cross Campus Collaborative includes representatives from various departments and divisions across campus). 

Here's what you need to know...

1) Students must meet both (a) and (b) above to be eligible for the award. 2pts

2) Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Good Standing (Academically): 2pt
  • Financial Aid Need Base 2pts
  • Essay Prompt Response: 5pts

3) Students will be awarded a maximum of 10 points* (up to 5 points will be awarded for the content and quality of their essay, and up to 2 points for their financial need base, 2 points for being being in good academic standing, and 2 points for award eligibility). The students with the highest scores will receive up to $250 to be used toward textbooks from the Bookmark! (NOTE: current Spring 18-19 awards available = 8)

ESSAY PROMPT: How will you use your college degree to improve your community and/or promote positive social change?

Eligible essays MUST:

Answer the above prompt...

  • Be typed in 12-point easily read font (Arial, Helvetica, etc.)
  • Be between one and two pages, double-spaced

Delivered to the Diversity Center (101 Johnson) by FEBRUARY 22nd to be considered for the 2018-19 spring semester priority deadline.

*NOTE* If there are available awards after the deadline, the opportunity will be open to students who may only partially meet the criteria (i.e., meet [a] but not [b], etc.)

*An additional 2pt. BONUS points may be awarded if students review their essay with a Writing Center Tutor. (Students must meet with a writing tutor, complete a typed Writing Center Tutorial Report, and submit it along with their application 
in order to receive the bonus points. Click here to download a Writing Center Tutorial Report.)

Anderson Hall 104
Monday - Thursday: 7pm -10pm
Sunday: 5pm – 10pm

Diversity Center
Thursday: 7pm - 10pm

*Hours are subject to change. Please visit the Writing Center's website for the most updated tutoring hours.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at:
Diversity Center