Students from the first full class of Emerald Eagle Scholars realized their dreams of earning a college degree when they graduated this spring.
As of May 2011, more than 25 percent of the first full class of scholars will have earned a college degree through the Emerald Eagle Scholars program, which supports academically talented students from families with an adjusted gross income of $40,000 or less.
The Emerald Eagle Scholars program was created in 2007 to help academically talented students with high financial need earn a college degree. The program provides scholars with mentoring and covers tuition and fees. In return, scholars are expected to become actively involved on campus, work in an on-campus job, enroll in 15 hours of classes each semester, maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and graduate in four years.
The Emerald Eagle Scholars program is designed to emphasize financial support, academic success and campus connection. These philosophical pillars provide students not just funding, but academic guidance and involvement in the university community.
Since its inception, the program has helped more than 1,900, high-achieving, academically talented, high school graduates with financial need realize their dream of a college education.
Historically, UNT had a target of enrolling 400 new Emerald Eagle students each fall for the past four years. The university is launching a plan to increase enrollment in the program by 25 percent, and now has a target of enrolling 500 new students this fall.