The A. Tennyson Miller and Joe L. Atkins Scholarship is named for two of the university’s pioneering African American students. In 1954, Miller, a doctoral student, became the first African American to attend UNT, and opened access to graduate programs. A few years later, a lawsuit filed by Atkins paved the way for African American undergraduates to enroll. Read more about Joe Atkins and listen to interview excerpts on UNT's Oral History page.
Every year, the Multicultural Center participates in the annual Eagle Awards ceremony that recognizes outstanding student organizations and individual leadership. The Multicultural Center presents three awards recognizing truly exceptional student leaders at UNT.
This award honors a student who demonstrates a significant and exceptional commitment to promoting diversity within the UNT community. This includes specific examples of how the individual has worked to address diversity issues in a manner that encourages unity and furthers understanding between diverse groups.
This award honors a UNT organization with extraordinary dedication toward enhancing the community as a whole. The organization's efforts must encourage the education of the UNT community on issues of diversity. The organization also addresses diversity issues in a matter that encourages unity and furthers understanding between diverse groups while promoting diversity on campus as well as in the community.
This award honors a woman student leader who inspires other women to work toward their fullest potential. Honorees display the variety and/or depth of impact of their commitment to women's issues.