Davis H. Jackson Jr. Research Award & Test Prep Scholarship

The purpose of the fellowship is to allow high achieving Florida A&M University undergraduate students the opportunity to properly prepare for graduate and professional entrance exams, such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT at no cost. The scholarship also provides funding to offset or pay in full for Florida A&M University graduate students to conduct research while enrolled as a graduate student.

Students must be a second-semester sophomore, junior, senior in order to be eligible to apply for the scholarship (maybe 1-year alumni, if the alumni were inducted into the Graduate Feeder Scholars Program prior to graduation-must have supporting documentation).

Must have a 3.0 or higher G.P.A.

Students must already be a Graduate Feeder Scholar OR students must have completed all requirements to become a Graduate Feeder Scholar before applying to the test preparation program.

Students must earn at least one badge through the FAMU Venom badging program

Students must complete a separate application

Student must submit professor recommendation form-along with other required documentation

Student must complete an in-person interview with the School of Graduate Studies, Research & Continuing Education.

Students must be enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program at Florida A&M University.

Students must earn at least one badge through the FAMU Venom badging program

Students must submit a teacher recommendation form from their thesis or dissertation member.

Students must submit a one-page abstract of current research.

Students must submit a 250-300-word document highlighting how these funds will help her/him complete or further their research.

Students must have a 3.4 G.P.A. to qualify for funds. 

Graduate Feeders Scholars Program

Since 1987 the Graduate Feeder Scholars Program has been a direct pipeline for high achieving sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled at FAMU in any academic discipline, to attend nationally renowned universities to pursue graduate level degrees at no cost to the student. FAMU has maintained over 20 partnerships with universities such as Florida State University, the University of Florida, Cornell University, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina A&T University for over 30 years. These type of intuitions have proved their commitment to the Graduate Feeder Scholars Program and to inducted Graduate Feeder scholars by agreeing to provide full funding for up to 5 Feeder Scholars in graduate level programs each year.

The goal of the Graduate Feeder program is to assist in the polishing of well-rounded FAMU students and the pertinent documents needed to successfully apply to graduate level programs around the nation. Through workshops and submitting writing assignments via Blackboard that focuses on strengthening our students’ Statements of Purpose, Resumes/Curriculum Vitaes, and Graduate Writing Samples. The Graduate Feeder Scholars Program also provides test preparation and professional development opportunities, ensuring that our students will meet institution’s expectations.

To speak with someone directly about the Graduate Feeder Scholars Program, and the upcoming conference, please contact Dr. Reginald Ellis in the School of Graduate Studies and Research at or by phone at (850) 599-3505.

We look forward to working with you.
All the best,
Dr. David H. Jackson, Jr.
Associate Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research

Students interested in becoming a Graduate Feeder Scholar are expected to be serious about their academic pursuits and dedicated to earning a graduate level degree. Once students become Graduate Feeder Scholars they are eligible to receive:

1.     Up to three fee waivers to partnering universities
2.    Funding for entire graduate level program (Master’s and Ph.D only)
3.    The Dr. David H. Jackson Jr., Research Award & Test Preparation Program Scholarship
4.    The opportunity for Campus Visitations

Students interested in applying to the Graduate Feeder Scholars Program should meet the following requirements:
a.    Complete 30 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0;
b.    Submit a typed and fully completed Graduate Feeder Participation Application;
c.    Submit an unofficial transcript;
d.    Attend at least five (5) Graduate Feeder educational and professional development seminars and workshops; and
e.    Maintain a 3.0 GPA Graduate Feeder Frequently Asked Questions

All Graduate Feeder Scholars Program participants are required to complete a series of developmental workshops that will prepare them for the rigors of graduate study.  The workshops will be offered each semester and include such topics as: “The Graduate Application Process”; “How to Write a Personal Statement”; “How to Write a Theses or Dissertation”; “Strategies & Techniques for taking Standardized Examinations”; and “What to Expect in Graduate School”.

Participants are required to complete at least four workshops to be qualified and considered as a Graduate Feeder Scholar. Upon completion of the requirements, participants will be mailed a "Certificate of Completion" to be officially considered a Graduate Feeder Scholar.

Questions for School Recruiters

The Participation Agreement is a partnership or memorandum of understanding between Florida A&M University and the Feeder Institutions.  It stipulates the basic benefits each Institution will provide to qualified FAMU scholars upon application and acceptance into a graduate program of study. Some participation agreements include the following: admission application fee waivers, campus visitation opportunities at no charge to students, and summer research internships.

The agreements are initially instituted to cover a five-year period. However, they are monitored annually to ensure active participation in the program.  Feeder Institutions are invited to the campus of Florida A&M University annually for the purpose of providing institutional information and recruitment.

American University

Auburn University

Boston University

Bowling Green State University

Cornell University

Florida International University

Florida State University

Indiana University @ Bloomington

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

North Carolina State University

North Carolina A & T State University

Notre Dame

Oklahoma State University

Oregon State University- Graduate School

Purdue University

Texas A&M University

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Arkansas

University of Central Florida

University of Missouri

University of Northern Iowa

University of Southern California

University of South Florida

Virginia Tech

West Virginia University