The University offers a small number of annual and endowed scholarships to graduate students, which have been made possible through the generosity of friends of the University. All enrolled students receive automatic consideration for these scholarships, and there is no student-initiated application process. The Financial Aid Office will identify a pool of candidates for each scholarship and, except where otherwise stipulated by the donor, select the candidate that most closely matches the donor-established criteria. Scholarship recipients will be notified via a scholarship award letter. Whether or not the award may be renewed and the criteria for renewal are established by the donor.