Multicultural Scholars Program

The Center for Multicultural Excellence (CME) Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) engages students in multicultural relevant learning opportunities that enhance academic achievement, personal development, professional development, and multicultural competence. Participants who are Scholarship/Waiver recipients in the MSP must complete program requirements each semester.

 Who Can Apply

All students (current, incoming freshmen, or transfer students accepted to WSU) who:

  • have a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • self-identify as an ethnic minority.
  • completed their FAFSA (fafsa.gov) for the award year which they are applying for. 
  • completed their Specialized Scholarship Application (eWeber portal) for the award year which they are applying for.
  • will be enrolled full-time, 12 credit hours or more.
  • are a Utah Resident.

Graduate students are not able to be nominated.

 Important Dates

  • Nominations open on March 1 each year. 
  • The priority deadline is on the third Friday of April each year. 
  • CME applications are reviewed in the order of completion. 
  • The SSA is available beginning September 1 of each year. To apply, complete the Specialized Scholarship Application (SSA) in the eWeber portal. Note: Make sure you are applying for the appropriate aid year and fill it out completely including the Short Essays fields.

  • All scholarship applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available beginning October 1 at fafsa.ed.gov

 How To Apply

To complete a nomination, a student must make an appointment and meet with a CME counselor. On the day of the appointment, the student will need their W# and must have already completed their FAFSA and Specialized Scholarship Application. The nomination form will ask for the following:

  • Student's name, W#, email, year in school, major, ethnicity, GPA, state residency.
  • Financial need - we get this information from records based on students' FAFSA.
  • Involvement - we want to know what students have been involved with in the past (clubs, organizations, associations, etc.)
  • Community service - we want to know how the student has engaged in serving their communities. Community service are activities that have been done that students are not paid for, are not class requirements, and are not religious callings. 
  • Goals - we will ask the student to share their short term and long term academic and career goals.

 MSP Program Requirements 

2021-22 Program requirements (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)

  • Attend CME Scholarship orientation once per academic year
  • Meet with counselor 4 times per semester
    • Fall: September, October, November, and December
    • Spring: January, Febuary, March, and April. 
  • Submit midterm grade reflection once per semester, ensure follow up in counselor meeting
    • Fall Grade Reflection Due: October 21, 2021 | Thursday
    • Spring Grade Reflection Due: Feburary 25, 2022 | Friday 
  • Complete only 2 virtual power hour sessions per semester 
    • Option 1: Resources
      • Once you click the link use the "CME Events" dropdown menu and then select “Power Hour” then "Continue" then use the date picker to choose the date of the Power Hour. Finally, click on the time and "Continue" and "Confirm".
        • Mental Health & Wellness | Wednesday, Jan 26 | 9AM | Zoom
          • Sign up through this link.
        • Don't Be Afraid to Catch Feels! Healthy Relationships & Consent | Thursday, Feb 10 | 1PM | Zoom
          • Sign up through this link.
        • Building a Community Around Civics | Wednesday, March 23 | 9AM | Zoom
          • Sign up through this link.
    • Option 2: Skills 
      • Attend a Workshop with Peer Coaches
        • (2) 30 minute sessions for 1 Power Hour
          • 1st Session learn a skill
          • 2nd Session follow up
          • Sign up through TutorTrac
      • Students may meet with a coach for 1 hour as long as they discuss two different study skills and then can complete another 1 hour meeting as a follow up.
      • Students should schedule their first meeting themselves, but their coach will schedule their second, third and/or fourth meetings with the student at the end of their meetings.
      • Students will not be able to meet with a coach after April 15th.
    • Option 3: Leadership
      • Attend a Student Senator (CME advises) Town Hall 
        • Dates: 
          • African Diaspora Senator Town Hall Meetings:
            • February 16, 2022 | 5 PM | CDU
            • April 6, 2022 | 4 PM | CDU | Zoom Link 
          • Asian Senator Town Hall Meetings:
          • Hispanic Senator Town Hall Meetings: 
            • January 25, 2022 | 2:30 - 3:30 PM | Zoom Link
            • February 22, 2022 | 3 - 4 PM | Zoom Link
          • Native American Senator Town Hall Meetings:
          • Pacific Islander Senator Town Hall Meeting:
            • January 25, 2022 | 4 PM | Zoom Link
            • February 22, 2022 | 4 PM | In person (SC 155) and via Zoom | Zoom Link 
            • April 12, 2022 | 4 PM | In person (SC 155) and via Zoom | Zoom Link 
          • Multicultural Town Hall Meeting:
            • March 30, 2022 | 4-6 PM | Skyroom | Zoom Link
  • Career Services (CS):
    • Continuing Students will meet/use Career Services (CS) once during the academic year to enhance career navigation: Internship, exploration, program application tips, career cafe, resume/cover letter, mock interview, handshake app. 
    • New Freshmen will meet/use Career Services (CS) once during the academic year to explore and discuss options for career goals and major declarations through career and major navigation. Must complete survey and workshop.
  • Academic Advising:
    • Continuing Students will meet with their Academic Advisor once during the academic year to discuss academic goals, plans, progress towards graduation (Associates/Bachelors), degree program evaluation and verification, apply for graduation.
    • New Freshmen will meet with Student Success Center once during the academic year for academic advising to map 2 or 4 year plan. 
  • Read and sign agreement once per academic year.
  • No volunteer hours required for the 2021-2022 academic year.

 Maintaining Eligibility 

  • Maintain a minimum of 2.5 WSU GPA and 2.5 semester GPA.
  • Be up-to-date on eWeber Portal Specialized Scholarship Application (SSA) / submit FAFSA.
  • Maintain a minimum of 12 credit hours or more during the scholarship period.
  • Attend all university classes.
  • Complete "MSP Program Requirements" outlined above. 

If you are a student who is interested in this scholarship, please schedule an appointment with a counselor.

For more information, call 801-626-7330 or email multicultural@weber.edu