Using scholarships to improve EDI: Editorial

January 14, 2021
Scholarships are important factors in equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), write Mirjam Fines-Neuschild and Bibiana Pulido. The authors explain that a typical conception of “excellence” usually favours privileged, male individuals with publications, no career gaps, and multiple funding options. The article explains that these inequities must be revealed and remedied to allow those who have been marginalized to be successful and develop diversity among talent. Additionally, they explain how those evaluating students for scholarships must break the cycle of favouring a linear career path by valuing alternative career paths. “[I]n order to develop an equitable system for evaluating scholarship applications, we will have to reinterpret the notion of excellence and seek a more inclusive definition for the concept,” write Fines-Neuschild and Pulido. University Affairs (National)