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Carl del Signore Foundation Graduate Scholarships

The Carl del Signore Foundation Graduate Scholarships offers $1,500 to graduate students who are engaged in research activities leading to a research-focused master’s degree (i.e. you must complete a thesis). If your master’s thesis proposal is approved prior to October 13, 2023, you are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Submission Deadline: October 20, 2023

If selected, you will receive a one-time lump sum scholarship refund to your WVU student account. Scholarships are considered as part of our overall WVU financial aid package and cannot be transferred to another institution. Any balance owed to WVU will be automatically deducted from the award refund. WVU does not withhold taxes from scholarship refunds, but this scholarship may be considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service based on individual tax circumstances.

Please contact the Office of Graduate Education and Life at or (304) 293-7173 for additional information about this scholarship opportunity.

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The Carl del Signore Foundation Graduate Scholarship is merit-based. Students who wish to apply for this scholarship must meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled in an on-campus, research focused master’s program (i.e. must complete a master’s thesis) .
  • Master’s thesis proposal must be approved by October 13, 2023
  • Enrolled in at least 1 credit hour during the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 terms.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7.


Eligible master’s level students must complete the online application form by October 20, 2023, no later than 11:59 p.m.

The online application requires you to:

  • Complete the application in one sitting (it cannot be saved and returned to).
  • Upload a current resume or C.V.
  • Write and submit a brief synopsis of your master’s thesis research (500 words, maximum) that clearly articulates your research for non-specialist reviewers (e.g. someone outside of their discipline).
  • Upload a current unofficial transcript.
  • Write and submit a brief essay (250 words, maximum) that outlines your long-range professional goals, as well as how your research will contribute to your professional field.
  • Request your master’s thesis committee chair to write a letter of support as part of the application. The letter of support should confirm that your thesis proposal has been approved by deadline. An email request for this letter will be sent to the student’s committee chair once the student submits their application. The deadline for the committee chair’s letter of support is October 25, 2023, no later than 11:59 p.m. It is your responsibility to ensure that your department chair submits the letter of support by the deadline.


Each application will be reviewed by the WVU Graduate Student University Fellowship and Scholarship Committee. Award selections will be based on the quality of the applicants’:

  • Application essay
  • Committee chair’s letter of support
  • Synopsis of thesis research
  • Academic record
  • Note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Eligible master’s level students must complete the online application form by October 20, 2023, no later than 11:59 p.m.