University announces program providing free tuition for students with high financial needs

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Academically talented high school graduates in Texas who live in households where the breadwinners earn $40,000 a year or less may find large financial assistance when they enroll at the University of North Texas this fall.

The university’s new Emerald Eagle Scholars program will cover all tuition and mandatory fees for new freshman who qualify by submitting a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and all required admissions documents by May 1. Students who are named Emerald Eagle Scholars must be committed to active engagement on campus, be Texas residents and enroll in 15 hours per semester. They also must stay on track to graduate in four years, or eight semesters, and maintain an overall grade point average of 2.5.

New UNT President Gretchen M. Bataille introduced the Emerald Eagle Scholars program, which is funded by donations and a combination of federal, state and institution funds, at her inauguration as UNT’s 14th president earlier this month, emphasizing her commitment to further strengthening the university’s already considerable undergraduate need-based aid programs.

The university raised a substantial portion of its contribution to Emerald Eagle Scholars with ticket sales and sponsorships for Bataille’s inaugural ball, the Emerald Ball.

"Funds raised by the Emerald Ball account for more than a quarter of a million dollars of the initial endowment to support the Emerald Eagles Scholars program," Bataille says.

She says an important measure to help ensure success between the Emerald Eagle Scholars and UNT is the requirement that participants "must engage in the richness of university life - including campus activities, mentoring and other student support programs."

"In addition, because we believe a commitment to active engagement on campus is directly related to success, our Emerald Eagles will benefit by working on campus in university departments committed to supporting participants in the program," she says.

For additional information, contact Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at UNT (877-881-1014 Toll Free) or go to

http://essc.unt.edu/finaid/ on the web.

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

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