The Emerald Eagle Scholars Program provides access to higher education for academically talented students with high financial need. While at UNT, the program seeks to connect Emerald Eagle Scholars to campus resources, engage them in activities that facilitate their academic success, and support students in the timely completion of their bachelor’s degrees.
EESP: Eligibility Requirements for Continuing Students
- Must be Pell Grant eligible
- Must complete the FAFSA by January 15th every year
- If selected for verification, must complete the verification process by May 15th every year
- Note: Failure to meet the deadlines can jeopardize your award and status in the Emerald Eagle Scholars Program
- Must maintain a UNT cumulative GPA of a 2.5 or higher
- Must maintain full-time student status each semester per academic year and successfully pass at least 24 credit hours by the end of the academic year (Recommended: 15 hours for Fall; 15 hours for Spring)
- If you take summer courses outside of UNT, please ensure that all transcripts are officially submitted to the university and the Emerald Eagle Scholars Program. Please note that non-UNT coursework can count towards the full-time student status requirement, but will not count towards the 2.5 GPA requirement (UNT cumulative GPA only)
Emerald Eagle Scholars: Pin Programs
What are Pin Programs? Pin Programs are exclusive opportunities for Emerald Eagle Scholars to gain unique experiences, develop skill sets in a variety of areas, and build their resumes! After successful completion of the Pin Program, students will earn an Achievement Pin to proudly display on their Emerald Eagle Scholars graduation stole!
Check out the information below to learn about each Pin Program!
Pin Program for Excellence in Service
The Pin Program for Excellence in Service seeks to move past the community service hour requirement for first-year Emerald Eagle Scholars. For students interested and passionate about service, we add to their community service experiences by providing a series of six workshops centered on the Social Change Model of Leadership. This gives students the opportunity to network with other first-year Scholars passionate about service and connect their experiences engaging in service to social change. After successful completion of the Pin Program, students will earn an Achievement Pin to proudly display on their Emerald Eagle Scholars graduation stole!
Open to all classifications of Emerald Eagle Scholars!
Pin Program for Leadership
The Pin Program for Leadership is a six-week leadership workshop series grounded in learning and applying leadership theory to reach academic, career, and personal success. We will work to identify your leadership skills, understand your values, build your personal mission statement, and start to make your goals become reality. At the end of this program, you will receive an Achievement Pin to proudly display on your Emerald Eagle Scholars graduation stole!
Open to all classifications of Emerald Eagle Scholars!
Pin Program for Global Exploration
The Pin Program for Global Exploration has been cancelled due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Campus Engagement Log
Please use Canvas to log your campus engagement activity each semester.
All students are required to complete one campus engagement each semester. Students can pick from:
- On-campus/work-study job
- Band, cheer, dance, Green Jackets, Fraternity/Sorority, student organization
- Emerald Eagle Scholars Organization
- PIN Program
- 10 hours of the Learning Center sessions
- 10 hours of community service **Please note the Emerald Eagle Scholars Program is not responsible for any injuries incurred while volunteering. You are volunteering at your own risk.
- NEST Program*
- First-Year Seminar*
*For first-year students only
Additionally, first-year students are required to complete a UNT affiliated mentor program. All students will be auto-enrolled in Access Mentoring.
On-campus jobs must be logged by October 15 in order to count for the Fall semester and must be logged by March 15th in order to count for the Spring semester.
If you have been removed from The Emerald Eagle Scholars Program and you would like to appeal this decision, you may complete the following form starting December 22, 2020 - January 25, 2021. Please note, the form will close January 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
Appeals are accepted during the Fall and Spring semesters, o later than the census date respectively. **Please note that all appeals will not be reviewed until after the given deadline. If you have questions about the appeal process, please contact the Emerald Eagle Scholars Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by our office in Sage Hall 240.
Summer Funding Application
Pending funding, the Emerald Eagle Scholars Program strives to offer a select number of students some funding towards summer coursework taken here at UNT. Applications are available in the Spring semester and a holistic review is conducted to determine who will be awarded funding. Students applying for funding must submit a summer financial aid application prior to filling out the EESP Summer Funding Application. It is important to know that funding is limited and not every applicant will be awarded summer funding.**Note: Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours to receive funding.
Mariana Caldera, Coordinator
Liz Perkins, Sr. Administrative Specialist
Brandon Kitchin, Graduate Assistant
Our office is open remotely, please contact us by phone and leave a voice mail message and/or email. We will be returning all calls and answering all emails as we receive them to the best of our ability.
Sage Hall, Room 240 | Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | 940-369-5251 | email@example.com