Two students from Abilene named National Merit semifinalists

Wed, Sep 20, 2017 - 6:09pm

Two students from Abilene have been named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship competition.

  • Eliana Pigott is a senior at Abilene High School.
  • Marianne Yuan is a student at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science in Denton.

Less than 1 percent of all high school seniors are named semifinalists who will continue in the running for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships. About 90 percent of semifinalists become finalists and about half of finalists become Merit Scholars.

Pigott, daughter of Kelly and Susan...

#BlackGirlMagic: This 8 Year Old Is Now The Youngest Person Accepted To The University Of North Texas

Wed, Oct 5, 2016

By Toni Akindele

Jordin Phipps was surprised with a $10,000 scholarship and early admittance for her motivational video.

This eight year old exuded so much #BlackGirlMagic that the University of North Texas was inspired by her.

Jordin Phipps earned herself a spot at the University of North Texas with a $10,000 scholarship after she caught the attention of administrators with her motivational video.

According to ...

Third-Grader From Garland Receives $10,000 Scholarship, Guaranteed Admittance To UNT

Mon, Oct 3, 2016 - 8:00am

By Molly Evans

An 8-year-old girl whose passionate speech about wanting to attend the University of North Texas when she grows up has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship and admittance for whenever she wants to enroll. So, anytime after she graduates high school in 2026. Jordin Phipps was surprised with the scholarship during an assembly Thursday at her school, the Watson Technology Center for Math and Science in Garland, The Associated Press reports. Jordin's mother and 2006 UNT alum, Nichole Smith, posted the video on Facebook on Sept. 20, and it has since been shared more than 90,000 times, the ...

Advice on applying for college scholarships and financial aid

Fri, Sep 2, 2016 - 4:00am

By Marice Richter

The beginning of a new school year for most students means catching up with friends after the long summer break and returning to a busy routine of juggling school, homework and an array of extracurricular activities.

But for many high school students, it should be a time to look ahead a year or more, to when back-to-school will mean starting college.

With the rising cost of higher education and the growing prevalence of recent college graduates smothered by debt, school guidance counselors and university financial aid experts say it is never too early to start planning. Taking the time to...

Eclectic world music earns UNT Inspiration Award

Sun, Jun 5, 2016 - 11:35pm

By Rhiannon Saegert

University of North Texas College of Music doctoral student Daniel Pardo’s band, From a Land Far Away, is reforming to create eclectic world music, starting with a performance at Gilley’s Dallas this week.

The group is reconvening after winning UNT’s 2016 Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Awards in April. Their prize, a $10,000 award, will go toward the band’s development.

“The plan is to propel the project — that’s the recording of a CD and videos,” Pardo said. “The idea is to play in international festivals and get it going. Of course, like any entrepreneurial effort, it takes money.”