Scholarships and Travel Abroad Opportunities
Starting in the Fall of 2015, MSP scholars will receive a renewable semester award of up to $1,000. However, the exact award amount varies depending on the school and pertinent funding. For a full 4 years of study, your scholarship can total up to $8,000. As a Multicultural Scholar, you are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 each semester and complete program activities in order to remain in good standing. Students who do not maintain a 2.5 GPA or do not participate in the program will be placed on probation for one semester, but will continue to receive their scholarship during the probationary period.
The MSP may also support you with additional funds during study abroad. While the stipend may vary, scholars could potentially receive an additional $500 during their study abroad session depending on availability. The MSP may also support professional development opportunities such as conferences and seminars in your field of study. Funds used for these professional and career enrichments are typically paid through the KU scholarship system.
“The financial support from the program was a great help. I cannot express the gratitude I have for the support. Without the scholarships from the program I would not have been able to afford going through school.” ~ Mike Mayabi, Pharmacy
“The MSP program also allowed me to do things that I never thought I would, such as studying abroad in Italy. This was an amazing experience, and not only impacted my education, but my worldview as well. The program also helped with other school expenses, such as books and tuition, and made school more affordable.” ~ Erika Green, Social Welfare
The KU Multicultural Scholars Program has been privileged to secure the support and commitment from donors who have been and continue to be strong advocates for KU MSP. Without their support, we would not be in the position to provide the scholarship support that is so vitally important for our scholars. The following scholarships are highlighted to illustrate the wide variety of support that strengthens the KU MSP. The identified scholarships may be designated by the donor for a specific purpose or program, while others are delegated to generally support the overall goals of KU MSP.
Dr. J Arnold Webb Multicultural Endowed Scholarship
The Dr. J. Arnold Webb Endowed Scholarship will be awarded annually to a KU MSP Scholar. Dr. Webb received his bachelor's degree from Alabama A&M University, a master's degree from Atlanta University and a doctorate degree from the University of Kansas. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Dr. Webb's career in education included positions as a teacher and as an administrator in the public schools of Madison, Wisconsin; Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas City, Kansas; and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is now retired. Funds are used to provide scholarships to undergraduate scholars participating in the University of Kansas Multicultural Scholars Program.
The Megan E. Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund
Honoring the memory of a Kansas high school student who loved music, dance and Spanish the Megan E. Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by her parents, William and Marilyn Taylor of Overland Park, Kansas. Megan was 17 years old and touring in Europe in 1992 with her Shawnee Mission South High School band when she tragically died after suffering a head injury in a bicycle accident in Germany. Megan was an outstanding student and an accomplished flute player. Her family and friends' love and admiration for her, continues to endure and touch the lives of so many in her memory. Her parents have been extraordinary supporters of the KU MSP and have established this memorial in their daughters name for MSP undergraduate scholars in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Tanaka-Miller MSP Scholarship
The Tanaka-Miller MSP Scholarship was established by Doug and Audrey Tanaka-Miller. The scholarship is for partial support for any MSP scholar who wishes to broaden their horizons or intends to study abroad. In addition, the Tanaka-Miller scholarships are also provided for MSP scholars who enroll in leadership development training, a course, or institute that ideally, compliments their academic program of study. These particular scholarships are available for any of the programs within the KU MSP. However, scholars must apply for these scholarships well in advance in order for the required paperwork and logistics necessary before departure.
Miller Multicultural Scholars Program Scholarships
Doug Miller is a KU graduate in International Relations and Economics in 1966 and a recipient of an MBA from KU in 1971. He has been active in the finance industry for over 30 years. For the last 15 years he has been engaged with his own company – International Private Equity Limited – which specializes in raising capital from institutional investors for private equity funds. Mr. Miller has been and continues to be an ardent supporter of the KU MSP. His financial contributions to several of the academic programs within MSP are designated for scholarships at a level determined by the individual academic program. The availability of other funds raised by the program will determine the level of scholarships available.
Frank Sabatini Multicultural Scholarships
Frank Sabatini earned his bachelor's degree in industrial management at the University of Kansas and played on the varsity football from 1950-53. He also received his Law degree from KU in 1957.Mr. Sabatini is a diversified businessman who has been successful in pizza, banking, convenience stores and ranching. In addition, Frank is a former state representative and member of the Kansas Board of Regents and chairman emeritus of Capital City Bank in Topeka. He was born in Chicago but resides with his wife Judith on a farm near Topeka. A landmark on the KU campus, The Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center, was made possible by a donation from the Sabatini family. Mr. Sabatini has been an active supporter of KU for a number of years and within a variety of areas of the university. His scholarships for KU MSP scholars are designated for all academic programs of study. His generosity and love of the university has and continues to be of great importance to a growing number of our scholars.