The UNT Kuehne Speaker Series was established in 2013 by alumnus Ernie Kuehne ('66) to create meaningful networking opportunities, bring prominent speakers to North Texas and give UNT visibility in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. But there's always been a deeper vision for the donor-founded series -- supporting academic excellence at UNT.

"Thanks to the Kuehne Speaker Series donors, I'm a member of the UNT family, part of a tight-knit community. It's truly life-changing."
Lorenzo Wilson Accounting junior and Kuehne Scholar

Now, with more than $3 million raised for scholarships, the series Board of Directors has launched the Kuehne Speaker Series Scholarship Program. In the spring of 2021, the first three Kuehne Scholars were awarded $25,000 each for the 2021-22 academic year -- one of the largest donor-funded scholarships at UNT.

"This is such an amazing opportunity that offers a lot of financial stability and helps me set a firm foundation for the plans I have after graduation," marketing senior Camryn Yoder says.

The Kuehne Scholars will receive more than funds to help with tuition, room and board. They'll also have access to networking and mentorship opportunities with members of the board of directors and at the semi-annual Kuehne Speaker Series event.

"These scholarships go beyond financial aid," says David Wolf, vice president for university advancement. "They provide exceptional opportunities to pair recipients with members of the incredible Kuehne Speaker Series Board of Directors, who will ensure our scholars are set up for success."

Accounting junior JaQualia Morris says that being a UNT student has already helped her strive for greatness. As a Kuehne Scholar, she is motivated to push even further academically.

"I feel very encouraged, like my hard work is paying off," Morris says. "And now my family can relax and know that I am focusing on school and putting forth my best efforts."

Hesitant to apply for such a competitive scholarship, accounting junior Lorenzo Wilson was speechless when he was told he had been selected as a Kuehne Scholar. But the award falls in line with how he sees his university -- a caring place full of opportunity.

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