Career Readiness, Engagement, & Community


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Vision: Career Readiness, Civic Engagement, and Community

The vision of the Multicultural Scholars Program is to support the recruitment and retention of student scholars.  Research tells us that student underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students perform better academically and are more likely to experience academic success when they are part of a cohort of others who share similar social identities.  These findings are central to the purpose of the Multicultural Scholars Program.  The program connects students to a small community of others within their respective academic units and to a broader group of students and former students across disciplines that, collectively, provide an active and coherent social and professional network.  Students participate in small and large cohort activities that offer space to share experiences, practice civic engagement through extracurricular activities, and participate in opportunities that enhance their readiness for careers and/or graduate studies. This includes career preparation activities beyond what is offered in classroom curriculum, general opportunities to develop community engagement and leadership experience, and active membership in an ever growing social and professional network of MSP Jayhawks past and present.


The Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) supports the academic success and career preparation of underrepresented, Pell eligible, and first generation undergraduate students. The program exists under the direction of the Provost Office for Diversity & Equity and demonstrates how the University of Kansas is committed to maintaining a diverse campus community where all students have equitable opportunities to succeed in their academic and professional goals.

Who can Apply?

MSP is open to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent resident undergraduate students who fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups (i.e. Black/African American, Native Hawaiian/Asian Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Latinx/Hispanic)
  • First-generation college students
  • High financial need as defined by Pell Grant eligibility

Program History:

The Multicultural Scholars Program was founded in 1992 within the School of Buisness by former professor and Executive Director, Renate Mai-Dalton.  In the past twenty six years, MSP has expanded to provide financial and academic support to over 200 students.



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