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NKU and the Anthony Muñoz Foundation to Collaborate on Scholarships for Tri-State Students


Anthony Muñoz and President Ashish Vaidya announce the partnership at the Hall of Fame Dinner.


June 10, 2019— Northern Kentucky University (NKU) and the Anthony Muñoz Foundation announce a partnership to improve access to higher education and provide scholarships to local students.

The Anthony Muñoz Foundation’s mission of impacting the Tri-state’s youth complements NKU’s singular focus on advancing student success aligned with the needs of the region. The university’s recently unveiled Success by Design strategic framework also identified three pillars of student success—access, completion and career and community engagement. NKU’s President Ashish Vaidya says it’s a natural partnership to connect with the Anthony Muñoz Foundation, because it builds a strong foundation for these high school students.

“The Anthony Muñoz Foundation works to impact tristate youth through programs that provide leadership training, tutoring and mentorship. By joining with them to provide scholarships, we are opening the possibility of a four year degree to these student—who may not have NKU on their radar— and improving access to higher education,” said President Vaidya. “For NKU, addressing the access pillar goes beyond accepting and enrolling these students. It also means following them along their journey here and removing barriers that may arise along the way. Together with the Anthony Muñoz Foundation, we can help increase the economic and social mobility of the region.”

NKU will create an Educational Diversity Scholarship, providing funds for to up to five qualified students, and awarding an Anthony Muñoz Scholarship which will provide one student with a $20,000 scholarship. Through the Anthony Muñoz Foundation’s Straight “A” Scholarship, Youth Leadership Seminar and Scholarship Fund programs, the Foundation will actively participate and assist in recruiting students to attend NKU.


Hayley with Anthony and Dede Muñoz. 

President Vaidya joined the Foundation on Sunday, June 9 at the 18th annual Hall of Fame Dinner, where the Foundation’s Scholarship Fund recipients were honored and recognized. Scholarship Fund recipient Hayley Schrichten of Bethel Tate High School was awarded a $20,000 scholarship at the dinner. With the new Anthony Muñoz Foundation/NKU partnership, President Vaidya announced NKU will be awarding Hayley with an additional $2,000 scholarship. Hayley will start her NKU career this fall, studying Social Work.

Anthony Muñoz looks forward to the partnership saying, “We are so excited to partner with such an established and prominent university. Northern Kentucky University is an important part of the Cincinnati community and our missions align well together. This partnership will allow us to make an even bigger impact on the lives of Tri-State youth.”

About the Anthony Muñoz Foundation: Established as a non-profit organization in April of 2002, the Anthony Muñoz Foundation’s mission is to engage the Tri-State region to impact youth mentally, physically, and spiritually. The Foundation reaches out to underprivileged youth to recognize, and reward those who excel in all phases of life. Through the Foundation’s eight Impact Programs, which include scholarship opportunities, character camps, a tutoring program and a leadership seminar, thousands of area youth are empowered. More information can be found at

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit