J. Alley Family Graduate Student Leadership Fellowship


One or more $2,000 fellowship shall be awarded each year to Auburn University graduate students or incoming graduate students who: 

  • Are enrolled in the Auburn University Graduate School and accepted to a graduate program in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.
  • Have a minimum college GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Are recommended by their department graduate program officer or Department Chair.

Fellowship recipients will be selected based on their academic excellence, extracurricular activities and leadership abilities.

Fellowships shall be awarded at a minimum of $2,000.  The amount of each fellowship shall be disbursed at regular intervals during the school year in accordance with normal university policies. 

Each award is for one academic year.  Prior recipients are not disqualified from consideration for this fellowship during subsequent years. Should a recipient become ineligible, a new recipient may be named using the criteria stated above. 

Students shall submit an application including a résumé and a maximum of one page essay describing their leadership experience and career plans.

Previous recipients

  • 2023: Matthew Garnett (chemical engineering)
  • 2022: Avinash Baskiran (mechanical engineering) and Mohammadjafar Hashemi (chemical engineering)
  • 2021: Fatemeh Jamshidi (computer science and software engineering) and Zahra Karimi (chemical engineering)
  • 2020: Nicole Habbit (chemical engineering) and Chidera Illoejesi (civil engineering)
  • 2019: Michael Minkler (chemical engineering)
  • 2018: Nathan Roberts (chemical engineering)