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Rene DescartesGraduate Assistantship in Philosophy
Fr. Richard E. Twohy, S.J., Graduate Philosophy Scholarship
Peter M. Tripp Endowed Scholarship

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Graduate Assistantship in Philosophy

Description & Duties
The Gonzaga University Philosophy Department offers optional Graduate Student Assistantships in Philosophy. Each eligible, full-time, first year graduate student will receive graduate assistantships worth three credit hours of financial aid in both the Fall and Spring semesters.  Two of the three credits will be given in the form of a graduate assistantship, i.e. as work aid, and the third credit will be given in the form of scholarship aid.  Each student will be assigned to a professor each semester, and will be required to assist her assigned professor with courses and/or research according to the needs of the professor. 

Each eligible, full-time, second year student will receive graduate assistantships worth three credit hours of financial aid in that year, which in most cases will be in the Fall semester.  Again, two of the three credits will be given in the form of a graduate assistantship, with the same responsibilities and expectations from the students as stated above, and the third credit will be given in the form of scholarship aid.

In addition, the Department normally will award two particularly deserving first-year students summer graduate assistantship: (1) the first includes six credit hours of financial aid for the summer of the student's first year in addition to the regular academic year aid; (2) the second includes three credit hours of financial aid for the summer of the student's first year in addition to the regular academic year aid.  The students receiving these awards must be willing to take courses equivalent to the aid award during the summer sessions in which the awards are made (2 courses, one in each summer session, for the 6-credit award and at least 1 course for the 3-credit award).  The financial aid for the summer will be divided between work and scholarship aid in the same manner as academic year assistantships but the summer graduate assistants will work for the entire faculty of the department rather than being assigned to a specific faculty member.  Students receiving summer assistantship awards in their first year will be eligible for the same financial aid as the other students in their second year.

Eligibility
In order to be eligible for a graduate assistantship each first year graduate student must be both fully, as opposed to provisionally, accepted into the program and enrolled full-time (at least 6 credit hours of coursework each semester of the regular academic year and at least 6 credit hours in the summer).  In order to be eligible for financial aid in their second year each student must be enrolled full-time and determined to be making satisfactory progress towards the degree in the judgment of the graduate committee of the Philosophy Department.

Applying for the Graduate Assistantship
The Graduate Assistantship in Philosophy that includes summer financial aid is awarded competitively to the most qualified student each academic year. Applicants for the Graduate Assistantship must apply to and be accepted into the Gonzaga University Master of Arts program in Philosophy (simultaneous applications to both the M.A. program and the assistantship are permitted). While there is no deadline for admission into the Master of Arts in Philosophy program, Graduate Assistantship application letters are due no later than May 15,2008. Applicants for the Assistantship must submit a brief letter of application with the following information:

  • brief summary of philosophical and academic experience, particularly as it would prepare the student for the teaching (grading, tutoring, etc.) and research duties of the assistantship
  • administrative and organizational experience, such as bookkeeping or record keeping, relevant to the work of the assistantship
  • other specialized skills or experience (for example, web page maintenance and design or grant-writing experience) that might be useful to the Philosophy Department

The letter should be sent to the Graduate Program Director, Dr. David Calhoun, either by regular U. S. mail (AD Box 47, Gonzaga University, 502 E Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99258) or by email (calhoun@gem.gonzaga.edu).


Fr. Richard E. Twohy, S.J., Graduate Philosophy Scholarship

Description
The Father Richard E. Twohy, S.J., Scholarship was established in 1982 by a gift from the Bernard A. Schons estate in honor of former Gonzaga University President Richard E. Twohy, S.J. The scholarship provides an award of approximately $1450 over the term of the academic year (Fall-Spring). The Twohy Scholar is selected each academic year on the basis of merit.

Eligibility
Students enrolled in the Gonzaga University Master of Arts program in Philosophy are eligible to apply for the Twohy Scholarship. The Twohy scholar will typically be a student with recognized accomplishments in philosophy (including course work with a high grade-point average) and some financial need. In recognition of Fr. Twohy's special focus on political philosophy, preference will be given to applicants able to articulate a clear view of the relationship of philosophy to politics, political theory, and the political community.

Applying for the Twohy Scholarship
The Twohy Scholarship in Philosophy is awarded competitively to the most meritorious student each academic year. Applicants for the Twohy Scholarship must be either already enrolled in the Gonzaga University Master of Arts program in Philosophy or must apply to and be accepted into the program for the year of the award (simultaneous applications to both the M.A. program and the Scholarship are permitted). While there is no deadline for admission into the Master of Arts in Philosophy program, Twohy Scholarship application letters are due no later than May 15. Applicants for the Scholarship must submit a brief letter of application with the following information:

  • brief summary of philosophical interest and accomplishments
  • statement that articulates the applicant's view of the relevance of philosophy to politics, political theory, and the political community

The letter should be sent to the Graduate Program Director, Dr. David Calhoun, either by regular U. S. mail (AD Box 47, Gonzaga University, 502 E Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99258) or by email (calhoun@gem.gonzaga.edu).


Peter M. Tripp Endowed Scholarship

Description
The Peter M. Tripp Endowed Scholarship was established in 2005 by a gift from Mike and Freya Tripp in loving memory and honor of their son, Pete Tripp, who was philosophy graduate student at Gonzaga.  The scholarship provides an award of approximately $1500-1800 over the term of the academic year (Fall-Spring).  The Tripp Scholarship is selected each year on the basis of merit.
 
Eligibility
Students enrolled in the Gonzaga University Master of Arts program in Philosophy are eligible to apply for the Tripp Scholarship. The Tripp scholar will typically be a student with recognized accomplishments in philosophy (including course work with a high grade-point average) and some financial need.  The student selected for the scholarship will also embody Pete Tripp's deep commitment both to philosophical study as a way of deepening our understanding of ourselves and the world and to using that understanding to make a practical difference in the lives of others.

Applying for the Tripp Scholarship
The Tripp Scholarship in Philosophy is awarded competitively to the most meritorious student each academic year. Applicants for the Tripp Scholarship must be either already enrolled in the Gonzaga University Master of Arts program in Philosophy or must apply to and be accepted into the program for the year of the award (simultaneous applications to both the M.A. program and the Scholarship are permitted). While there is no deadline for admission into the Master of Arts in Philosophy program, Tripp Scholarship application letters are due no later than May 15. Applicants for the Scholarship must submit a brief letter of application with the following information:

  • brief summary of philosophical interest and accomplishments
  • statement that articulates the applicant's view of the importance of philosophy both for better understanding ourselves and the world and its practical significance

The letter should be sent to the Graduate Program Director, Dr. David Calhoun, either by regular U. S. mail (AD Box 47, Gonzaga University, 502 E Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99258) or by email (calhoun@gem.gonzaga.edu).

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