LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville has launched an effort to attract more out-of-state graduate students to U of L.

    The university will begin offering up to 100 merit-based scholarships to graduate students from outside Kentucky beginning with the summer 2002 semester. The scholarships will pay the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition, a savings of about $10,000 per year for each recipient.

    “By attracting the best and brightest students to our campus, we will continue to raise the level of academic excellence at U of L,” said university President John Shumaker. “We expect many of these students to remain in the area and to continue to contribute significantly to the community and the commonwealth.”

    The scholarships will be available only to new students who have earned at least a 3.25 grade point average in their undergraduate and prior graduate studies. The scholarships are available for study in any of the university’s graduate programs and are renewable through the completion of all degree requirements for students who remain in good academic standing.

    All non-resident applicants, including international students, automatically will be considered for the award; no separate scholarship application is required.

    Applications for summer or fall 2002 semesters must be received by March 1.

    For more information, contact the U of L graduate school at (502) 852-6495 or by e-mail at graduate@louisville.edu.

    John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.