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American Minority

Mount Union is committed to educating men and women of all races in keeping with our mission to prepare students for fulfilling lives, meaningful work, and responsible citizenship. The University of Mount Union offers many services, student organizations, and opportunities to students of minority descent. 

Manzilla Multicultural Award – $2,000

Awarded at the time of admission to incoming undergraduate first year students. Eligible students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must have indicated on their admission application that they are members of the following ethnic groups (categories from U.S. Census Bureau): Black or African-American, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander and/or are a first generation college student. First generation students must have indicated neither parent has an education level of “college or beyond” on their FAFSA. The award is renewable for eight semesters.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion serves as a resource for all students and provides assistance for academic, social, cultural, and personal well-being.

Wayne Manzilla Diversity Internship Program

Wayne Manzilla graduated in 1888 and was the first African-American to graduate from Mount Union.

In Wayne Manzilla's honor, and in order to diversify the staff at the University, we seek to employ recent minority UMU graduates and help them to complete advanced degrees, which will allow them to assume full-time positions at the University.

To achieve this goal, the University will strive to maintain the employment of three underrepresented graduates in part-time positions. A total annual commitment of 1,440 hours will be expected of working interns. The hours might be arranged with approximately 20 hours a week during the academic semesters, and 16 weeks of full-time during the summer months.

For more information about the Wayne Manzilla Diversity Internship Program, visit the brochure here.

If you are an eligible senior at the University of Mount Union, the application link can be found below.

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