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The Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) at KU is a special and unique opportunity for academically well-prepared undergraduate students. As an MSP scholar, you join a community of students and academic professionals, including administrators and professors whose goal it is to ensure your academic and career success. As an MSP scholar you may also be eligible to receive a scholarship.

Each academic program within KU-MSP addresses academic, social, personal, and career aspects of your university experience and assists and prepares you to receive the maximum benefit of your education during your undergraduate program of study. Each academic program with MSP has a Program Director(s) who serves as your primary contact throughout your experience in the program.


"Preparing Diverse Scholars for Leadership in the Future"


The mission of the MSP is to recruit undergraduate students from under-represented backgrounds into various academic majors as a means of increasing the diversity of the student body at the University of Kansas and to provide supports and opportunities that will assist them in their academic success.


The KU-MSP is open to undergraduate students who represent underrepresented groups at KU (e.g., African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Indigenous students, First-Generation College students, or students with high financial need as defined by Pell Grant eligibility). Students must be committed to rigorous academic work and be willing to be engaged in a variety of activities that are designed to not only support their academic aspirations but develop other aspects of their undergraduate experience. Applicants must either be U.S. citizens or have been granted U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident status.

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KU announces first Diversity Leadership Awards
Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Langston Hughes Center received a $180,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a June 2017 summer institute for high school teachers, entitled "Teaching the 'Long Hot Summer' of 1967 and Beyond."  The project will be led by Shawn Alexander, Clarence Lang, and John Rury.

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African and African-American studies professor Professor Beverly Mack wins inaugural engaged scholarship award

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