Multicultural Business Scholars Program

The Multicultural Business Scholars Program (MBSP) is a scholarship and mentoring program that creates opportunities for underrepresented students in business to excel academically, professionally and personally. With a series of intentional interactions for scholars to engage in throughout their time at KU, this program allows students to access tools that will support academic success and lead them to an engaging business career of their choice.

Program benefits include faculty and peer mentorship, tutoring and academic support services, individual and group meetings, and other social programming. A program agreement will be shared with each scholar and will be signed and returned to program staff at the start of the academic year.

Students are expected to:

  • Maintain a Business major
  • Remain in good academic standing
  • Be in attendance to all program-sponsored events


MBSP is open to undergraduate students who fall into one or more of the following groups:

  • Underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups (Black / African American, Native Hawaiian / Asian Pacific Islander, American Indian / Alaskan Native, Latinx / Hispanic)
  • First-generation college students (meaning that neither of your parents earned a college degree)
  • High financial need as defined by Pell Grant eligibility (as indicated from your FAFSA submission to the University)

Questions about this scholarship and mentoring program can be sent to Thanks for applying.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Please write an essay that addresses the following: (1) Tell us about your interest in studying business in college and/or pursuing a career in business. What do you hope to do with your business education? (2) What interests you about the Multicultural Scholars Program? What do you believe you will gain from your involvement in the Multicultural Business Scholars Program? (3) Acknowledging that the Multicultural Business Scholars Program is an engaging enrichment program requiring students’ active participation, tell us about an activity or organization with which you are currently involved. What do you believe has been your greatest contribution to that activity or organization?
  2. Incoming freshmen: please upload your high school transcript.
    Transfer students: please upload a transcript from each academic institution you have attended. Combine into 1 PDF file.
    Current students: please upload an advising report in a PDF format.