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New Manchester scholarship honors Multicultural Excellence in Leadership

Ryon KaopuikiManchester University has created the Multicultural Excellence in Leadership Scholarship, designed to lift up exceptional and talented students who identify as a racial or ethnic minority.

The full-ride scholarship is renewable each year, for a total of four years. It covers tuition, fees and on-campus room and meal plan expenses. Manchester will award one scholarship each year.

“This scholarship allows us to honor and encourage the leaders of tomorrow,” said Ryon Kaopuiki, vice president for enrollment and marketing. “Part of the process is identifying those who demonstrate a strong commitment to advocate for change and strengthen their own community.”

Multicultural Student Leadership Awards of $2,000 a year will go to the next five top finalists. They are renewable each year for up to four years.

“It is amazing that Manchester University values the need for minority students to demonstrate their academic prowess, which at times can be overlooked.  At Manchester, we are creating the Maegan Pollonaisnext generation of medical practitioners, lawmakers, social justice champions, artists, educators and people of business,” said Maegan Pollonais, director of student diversity and inclusion. “I believe that this scholarship will increase our relevance and help recruit exceptional students. This scholarship is a step in the right direction toward a more inclusive and equitable campus community.”

All admitted Manchester undergraduates receive financial aid, and their admissions counselors help them go through the process of finding the best combination to suit their needs.

To be eligible for the new multicultural award, applicants must: