Multicultural Scholastic Award Program

About MSA

The Multicultural Scholastic Award (MSA) Program is a scholarship and student retention initiative targeting academically talented students from diverse backgrounds. ALL UNT students are encouraged to apply. The MSA Program recruits and encourages the persistence of traditionally underrepresented students by providing financial assistance, academic support, and student development support needed for success while at the university.

The MSA Program provides annual scholarship to UNT students in four different categories:

Freshmen, UNT Undergraduate Continuing Students, Transfer Students, and Graduate Students

How to Join MSA

  1. Multicultural Scholastic Award Application and Essay – Complete and submit an online application as well as a MSA essay provided on the application to the MSA Program. Each award category will have different essay questions provided on the application. Each question in the MSA essay is one short answer response. The applicants must complete question 1 to 4. Question 5 is OPTIONAL but is highly recommended for the applicants to complete as well.
  2. One Letter of Recommendation – Letter of recommendation must be filled out by a teacher, professor, employer, school/academic counselor, or college/university staff (in a leadership or supervisory position). After the students submit their online application to the MSA Program, they can ask their chosen recommenders to submit a letter of recommendation directly from the MSA Webpage (see the “MSA Recommendations” section on the right side for the instruction on how to submit an MSA recommendation).

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MSA Recommendations

Need to submit a recommendation? Use the button below to go to our UNT qualtrics form.

An Initiative to Graduate

The MSA Program supports the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 TX Plan to increase the number of college graduates in Texas.

Contact

Please, contact The Office of Outreach for questions regarding scholarships or recommendations.

Phone
940-369-7806 or
940-369-7391

Email
oci@unt.edu

Mail
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #310649
Denton, Texas 76203-5017

MSA Program Application

Begin your application by clicking the button below for your award category.

Freshmen

Working to Close the Gaps in Texas Higher Education

Deadline: Monday, March 26, 2017
Freshman Scholarship Award: $4,000 ($1,000 annually, renewable up to 4 years)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have a score of at least 1000 on SAT(Critical reading + Math) or 21 on the ACT. Preferably in the top 25th percentile of graduating class.
  • Must apply & be accepted to UNT.
  • Must have filed FAFSA or TASFA by March 15th.

Essay Questions (Each question is one short answer response. You must complete numbers 1 through 4 of the short answer responses. Question 5 is optional but it is highly recommended that you complete it as well.)

 

  1. In 300 words or less, write a brief autobiography describing your motivation for pursing a college degree and discuss personal and academic achievements.
  2. Recipients of the Multicultural Scholastic Award are extremely active in community service on campus and in the Denton community. In 150 words or less, discuss how your community service involvement as a high school student has helped your personal development as a young adult. 
  3. In 150 words or less, please describe how has your cultural background and/or your involvement with cultural activities in your high school and community helped you to better appreciate diversity? Also explain how you will actively contribute to a diverse campus community at UNT?
  4. In 150 words or less, please describe how receiving this scholarship will impact your educational goals. 
  5. In 150 words or less, please share any information you feel is important to the selection committee. If you wish to respond nothing, please type 'N/A' in the text box.

If transferring with 29 or fewer college credit hours prior to Spring 2016, must meet entering freshman requirements and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in college work

Special consideration given to Texas high school graduates and First-Generation Students (neither parent graduated college).

Award Requirements to Maintain MSA

  • Students must be enrolled for full-time credit hours (12+ hours) during the fall and spring semester.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Complete 25 hours of community service, described in detail during the orientation period.

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UNT Undergraduate Continuing

Working to Close the Gaps in Texas Higher Education

Deadline: Monday, March 26, 2017
UNT Undergraduate Continuing: $1,000 (1 year award, $500 per semester)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be currently enrolled at UNT.
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA
  • Must have completed 30 UNT college credit hours.

Essay Questions (Each question is one short answer response. You must complete numbers 1 through 4 of the short answer responses. Question 5 is optional but it is highly recommended that you complete it as well.)

  1. In 300 words or less, write a brief autobiography describing your motivation for pursing a college degree and discuss personal and academic achievements.
  2. Recipients of the Multicultural Scholastic Award are extremely active in community service on campus and in the Denton community. In 150 words or less, discuss how your community service involvement at UNT and as a community member has helped your personal development as a young adult. 
  3. In 150 words or less, please describe how has your cultural background and/or your involvement with cultural activities at UNT and community helped you to better appreciate diversity? Also, explain how you will actively contribute to a diverse campus community at UNT?
  4. In 150 words or less, please describe how receiving this scholarship will impact your educational goals. 
  5. In 150 words or less, please share any information you feel is important to the selection committee. If you wish to respond nothing, please type 'N/A' in the text box.

If transferring with 29 or fewer college credit hours prior to Spring 2015, must meet entering freshman requirements and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in college work.

Special consideration given to Texas high school graduates and First-Generation Students (neither parent graduated college).

Award Requirements to Maintain MSA

  • Students must be enrolled for full-time credit hours (12+ hours) during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Complete 25 hours of community service, described in detail during the orientation period.

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Transfer

Supporting the 60x30 TX Plan set by the THECB

Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2017
Transfer Award: $2,000 (2 year award, $500 each semester)    

Eligibility Requirements

  • If you have completed at least one academic semester at UNT, please use the Continuing MSA application.
  • Must have completed 30 college credit hours or more with a minimum GPA of 3.0 prior to Spring 2016.
  • Must have completed the application for admissions to UNT.
  • Must be admitted to UNT.

Essay Questions (Each question is one short answer response. You must complete numbers 1 through 4 of the short answer responses. Question 5 is optional but it is highly recommended that you complete it as well.)

  1. In 300 words or less, write a brief autobiography describing your motivation for pursing a college degree and discuss personal and academic achievements.
  2. Recipients of the Multicultural Scholastic Award are extremely active in community service on campus and in the Denton community. In 150 words or less, discuss how your community service involvement as a community college student and community member has helped your personal development as a young adult. 
  3. In 150 words or less, please describe how has your cultural background and/or your involvement with cultural activities in your community college and community helped you to better appreciate diversity? Also, explain how you will actively contribute to a diverse campus community at UNT?
  4. In 150 words or less, please describe how receiving this scholarship will impact your educational goals. 
  5. In 150 words or less, please share any information you feel is important to the selection committee. If you wish to respond nothing, please type 'N/A' in the text box.

Special consideration given to Texas high school graduates and First-Generation Students (neither parent graduated college).

Award Requirements to Maintain MSA Award

  • Students must be enrolled for full-time credit hours (12+ hours) during the  fall and spring semesters.
  •  Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  •  Complete 25 hours of community service, described in detail during the      orientation.

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Graduate

Supporting the 60x30 TX Plan set by the THECB

Deadline: Monday, March 26, 2017
Graduate/Doctoral: $3,000 (2 year award, $750 each semester)      

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a Master's or Doctorate level student.
  • Must have been accepted to UNT Toulouse Graduate School before you apply.
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Essay Questions (Each question is one short answer response. You must complete numbers 1 through 4 of the short answer responses. Question 5 is optional but it is highly recommended that you complete it as well.)

  1. In 300 words or less, write a brief autobiography describing your motivation for pursing a masters/doctoral degree and discuss any personal and academic achievements.
  2. Recipients of the Multicultural Scholastic Award are extremely active in community service on campus and in the Denton community. In 150 words or less, discuss how your community service involvement at your undergraduate institution and/or as community member has helped your personal and professional development. 
  3. In 150 words or less, please describe how has your cultural background and/or your involvement with cultural activities at your undergraduate institution and community helped you to better appreciate diversity? Also explain how you will actively contribute to a diverse campus community at UNT?
  4. In 150 words or less, please describe how receiving this scholarship will impact your educational goals. 
  5. In 150 words or less, please share any information you feel is important to the selection committee. If you wish to respond nothing, please type 'N/A' in the text box.

Special consideration given to TX high school graduates and First Generation Students neither parent graduated college).

Award Requirements to Maintain MSA

  • Students must be enrolled in 9 graduate hours during the fall & spring semester.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • Complete 25 hours of community service, described in detail during the orientation period.

If you are in the dissertation stage your award will be reduced to $2,000.00 ($500.00/ per semester).

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