Multi-Ethnic Leadership Scholarship

Every year, six first-time freshmen are chosen as recipients of the Multi-Ethnic Leadership (MEL) Scholarship. The MEL Scholarship is awarded to carefully screened applicants who meet the high school GPA requirement, demonstrate strong leadership abilities in high school, and who will actively pursue and advocate diversity on campus through a leadership position.


  1. First-time freshman, with at least a 3.2 high school GPA
  2. Strong leadership ability
  3. Desire and willingness to actively pursue and advocate diversity on campus

Yearly Amount

Scholarship recipients are awarded $11,000 per year ($5,500 per semester). The scholarship will be prorated if enrolled less than full-time (9-11 units at 75%, 6-8 units at 50%). On rare occasions, the amount originally offered may be reduced or eliminated due to federal, state, and/or institutional policies. See the Stacking Financial Aid policy for more information on possible restrictions.

How to Apply

Contact the Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity.


Once the student’s financial aid file is complete, the award usually disburses into the student’s APU account during the first month of the semester (first half of the award in fall, the second half in spring), or later depending on when documentation is received.


Check with the Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity for potential renewability. Eligibility for this award may change if new information is received.

To Retain Eligibility

  1. The student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  2. The student must meet the requirements established by the center.