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Office of Diversity & Inclusion – Scholarship Programs


The Multicultural Scholars Program was created to provide scholarships to students from diverse backgrounds with the goal of, not only increasing the number of underrepresented students who choose to attend Maryville, but also to increase the retention rate of these students at Maryville University. In 2012 the number of scholarship recipients was doubled from 5 to 10, and an additional scholarship program, the Multicultural Dean’s Award, was established to assist with those efforts.

The Multicultural Scholars Program is a two-tiered program that provides students interested in creating an inclusive campus environment with a half-tuition (Multicultural Scholars) or a partial tuition (Multicultural Dean’s Award) scholarship. Students must meet admission requirements and complete an essay as part of the admission application to be considered for the program. Select students are invited to campus during the annual University Scholars Competition weekend to compete for a limited number of scholarships.

Program participants receive the scholarship for 4 years as long as they remain in good standing (academic and behavioral) with the University. The established learning activities for the program correspond with the goals and learning outcomes and are completed over a 4-year period. This is true for the Multicultural Dean’s Award as well. Both programs include assessment and evaluation measures throughout the year to ensure program learning outcomes are being achieved.

Multicultural Scholars Program Overview

  • Year 1: scholars focus on self-awareness including their learning styles, personality, talents/strengths and cultural intelligence
  • Year 2: scholars focus on gaining an understanding of the cultures of others, including other scholars, by engaging in programs/events on- and off-campus
  • Year 3: scholars focus on the necessary tools needed to be successful peer-educators, including dialogue and active listening skills
  • Year 4: scholars develop presentations focused on diversity and appreciation of differences and facilitate those workshops to first year students in the University Seminar courses in fall semester; additionally, and scholars will present on their experiences as peer-educators at the annual Summit on Leadership Development (SOLD) in spring semester

Multicultural Dean’s Award Program Overview

  1. Identify cultural information about their peers
  2. Recognize customs and traditions associated with a variety cultural groups
  3. Demonstrate the knowledge gained by participation in program through development of two campus cultural programs

Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship

The Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship serves African-American undergraduate, academically strong students in higher education. The scholarship honors the continuing legacy of Dr. Donald M. Suggs, retired oral surgeon, publisher of The St. Louis American, and longtime philanthropist and community leader.

With 100 percent of tuition, and all room and board expenses covered, the Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship is valued at more than $143,000 over four years, and is renewable over four years. Minimum qualifications include 23 ACT score and 3.25 GPA. Students selected for this scholarship will participate in the Multicultural Scholars Program.

St. Louis Bright Futures Scholarship                                                                                                       Amount

$3000 – $10,000 annually

Minimum Criteria

African American

Completed Associates of Art (AA) or Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) from StLCC or StCCC prior to attendance

3.0 Cum GPA

Deadline for admission: March 15th

FAFSA must be filed by April 1

Demonstrated Need

Major Specific: Accounting, Accounting Systems & Forensics, Business Administration, Financial Services, International Business, Internet Marketing, Management & Leadership, Marketing, Sport Business Management, Psychology, Criminal Justice/Criminology, Early Childhood Education (AAT), Elementary Education (AAT), Middle Level Education (AAT).

Maryville University Scholarship Information