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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. 


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


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.


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.

For additional information or questions, please see the Internship tab below or contact us at

Diversity Student Organizations

  • Active Minds
  • Association of International Students (AIS)
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Brothers Building Bonds (BBB)
  • Gender Equity Matters (GEM)
  • Hispanic Organization Latin America (HOLA)
  • Sister Circle
  • Spiritual Life Leadership