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 is designed to assist students in completing their degree, in support of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 60x30TX initiative.

The MSA program provides an annual scholarship to UNT students in four different categories: First-year students, UNT Undergraduate Continuing Students, Transfer Students, and Graduate Students

Contact Information

  • Phone: 940-369-7519
  • Email: oci@unt.edu

How to Join MSA

1) The Multicultural Scholastic Award Application-All applicants must fill out a brief application dependent on their classification, which includes a mandatory essay.

2) The Multicultural Scholastic Award Essay-

  1. Submit a 500-word essay that describes your motivation for pursuing a college degree and your personal and academic achievements. Include your reasons for applying for the MSA Program. Discuss how your life experiences and cultural background has influenced your appreciation for diversity. Give examples of how you currently promote equity and inclusion of your school or community.
  2. Recipients of the Multicultural Scholastic Award are incredibly active in community services on UNT’s campus as well as in the Denton community. List at least two examples of your community-service involvement.

Special consideration will be given in all categories to first-generation college students, Texas high school graduates, and students in partnering retention initiative programs. More information on those partnerships may be found below.

Please APPLY HERE. This link will direct you to the General Scholarship Application (GSA) page. You will need to complete the GSA to be considered for the scholarship.

Campus Partners and Retention Programs

 

A primary focus of the M.S.A. program is the retention of our students. To support our focus, we have created an opportunity for students to earn additional consideration toward their M.S.A. application, through their involvement with campus partners and retention programs. These programs include the Men of Color Cohort, A Few Good Men, and the “Fortify the Leader in You” (F.L.Y.) Peer Ambassador Program, TRIO, and Martial Eagles. Information on each program can be found below. If you are a current member or applicant of any of these initiatives, please send verification of your membership to outreach@unt.edu

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Incoming Freshmen Student

Deadline: Sunday, March 22, 2020
Freshman Scholarship Award: $4,000 ($1,000 annually, renewable up to 4 years)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have a score of at least 1030 on SAT(Critical Reading + Math) or 20 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.

If transferring with 29 or fewer college credit hours before Spring 2020, must meet entering freshman requirements and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in college work

Special consideration is 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 both the fall and spring semesters at UNT.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Complete 20 hours of community service per semester, actively participate in UNT events and participate in a UNT peer-mentoring program during the first year of enrollment.

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UNT Undergraduate Continuing

Deadline: Sunday, March 22, 2020
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 by the conclusion of the Spring 2020 semester

Award Requirements to Maintain MSA

  • Students must be enrolled for full-time credit hours (12+ hours) during both the fall and spring semesters at UNT.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Complete 20 hours of community service per semester, actively participate in UNT events and participate in a UNT peer-mentoring program during the first year of enrollment.

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Incoming Transfer Student

Supporting the 60x30 TX Plan set by the THECB

Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020
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 complete 30 credit hours by the conclusion of the Spring 2020 semester with a minimum GPA of 3.0 
  • Must have completed the application for admissions to UNT.
  • Must be admitted to UNT.

Award Requirements to Maintain MSA Award

  • Students must be enrolled for full-time credit hours (12+ hours) during both the fall and spring semesters at UNT.
  •  Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Complete 20 hours of community service and actively participate in UNT events.

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Current and Continuing Graduate Student

Supporting the 60x30 TX Plan set by the THECB

Deadline: Sunday, March 22, 2020
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

Award Requirements to Maintain MSA

  • Students must be enrolled in 9 graduate hours during both the fall & spring semester at UNT.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • Complete 20 hours of community service and actively participate in UNT events.

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

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