Emerald Ball raises more than $400,000 for talented students with high financial need

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Dr. Gretchen M. Bataille greeting Commander Nick Ricco, an avid supporter of the Emerald Eagle Scholars program.
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Emerald Ball attendees dancing to music by the Sultans of Swing.
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Sarah Cheek, a second-year Emerald Eagle Scholar, talking about her experiences
Wednesday, March 4, 2009

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Friends of the University of North Texas went wild supporting the Emerald Eagle Scholars Program this past Saturday (Feb. 28).

Nearly 500 people donned their formalwear and attended the third annual Emerald Ball, which was held at the Fort Worth Zoo.

UNT secured more than $400,000 in commitments for the Emerald Eagle program, including contributions, sponsorships, ticket sales and proceeds from the ball's silent auction, since last year's Emerald Ball.  A total of $12,000 was donated to match a $30,000 challenge grant from the Department of Education's Title III program, with more donations expected in the near future.

UNT's Emerald Eagle Scholars program began in 2007. The program provides tuition and fees and mentoring to academically talented students with high financial need. 

Emerald Eagle Scholars are expected to become actively involved on campus, work an on-campus job, enroll in 15 hours of classes each semester, maintain an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 and graduate in four years.  The scholars are supported by mentors both from the student body and from the faculty and staff.

Since its inception the Emerald Eagle Scholars program has helped fulfill the dream of going to college for more than 700 students, and the program is currently accepting applications for the 2009-10 academic year.  The priority deadline for applications is April 15.  For more information about the program visit the Emerald Eagle Scholars Program website.

For more information on funds raised at the Emerald Ball, contact Kimberly Wendt, director of donor relations, at 940-565-3689 or Kimberly.wendt@unt.edu

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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