The MSA Program is a scholarship and student retention initiative targeting academically
talented students from underserved backgrounds. All UNT students are welcomed and encouraged to apply.
The MSA Program recruits and encourages students by providing financial assistance,
academic support, and student development support needed for success while at the
- Recipients must complete 20 hours of community service per long semester, actively
participate in UNT events, and participate in a UNT peer mentoring program.
- Undergraduate categories will receive $1,000 each long semester (Fall/Spring) for
the life of their award
There are two MSA categories for undergraduate scholars:
- Incoming First Time in College: A first-time freshman admitted to UNT for the fall term immediately following high
school graduation. The FTIC award is renewable for up to four years.
- Incoming Transfer Students: Must be a direct transfer from a community college. The Transfer Award is renewable
for up to two years.
Requirements for Applicants
- The MSA application is located on the UNT General Scholarship Application. Search Outreach and choose the appropriate category.
- All undergraduate students must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
- The application will require you to list past community service examples and submit
a 500-word essay discussing your education journey. More information will be found
on the application.
Requirements for Current Scholars
- All current undergraduate scholars must maintain a 3.0 GPA
- All current graduate scholars must maintain a 3.5 GPA
- Each MSA Scholar must complete 20 hours of volunteer service per long semester (fall
- Scholars must also complete required reflection of service each semester
- A beginning-of-year orientation will occur annually
- Students who received the MSA Award prior to the 2022-2023 Academic Year will maintain
their current funding.
- $500 per semester for undergraduate
- $750 per semester for undergraduate