Willie E. Williams Scholarship

Dr. Willie E. Williams began his career at FIU as a professor of mathematical sciences when FIU was still in its infancy and received many awards for his innovative teaching techniques. He was a champion for all children and worked tirelessly to build the mathematical skills of many of Miami’s disadvantaged youth by tutoring them on the evenings and weekends. Dr. Williams was an ardent supporter of human rights for all citizens of Dade County. He was often called upon by civic and community leaders to resolve conflicts and to assist in developing programs that would empower the socially and economically disadvantaged.

The Willie E. Williams Award was established in 1995 to recognize Achievements in Building Awareness and Strengthening Cultural Diversity in Higher Education. Dr. Williams was especially concerned with recognizing the contributions of students who had excelled in utilizing positive and pro-active communications to promote continued efforts in the areas of diversity and improved race relations in academia. UGS will provide two $500 awards to graduate students who best represent, through scholastic and community endeavors, the ideals of Dr. Williams.

To be eligible student must be a currently active graduate student (non-degree seeking students do not qualify) and have enrolled in at least one term during the 2022-2023 academic year, and in good academic standing (GPA equal or above 3.0).

Application Requirements

  • CV that speaks to the student’s contributions to cultural harmony, diversity, race relations in the context of academia
  • 1 page statement describing the student’s vision on the importance of diversity, inclusion and equity in the academic environment (font arial 12pt, single spaced)
  • 1 letter of recommendation from major professor, academic advisor or mentor

University Graduate School
Supplemental Questions
  1. Upload a current CV.
  2. Please upload a one (1) page statement describing your vision on the importance of diversity, inclusion and equity in the academic environment. (Arial 12pt font, single spaced)
  3. Please request a letter of recommendation from a major professor, academic advisor or mentor.