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Have you been accepted into the University of Texas at Austin? If so, you may wonder what scholarships are available to UT Austin students. UT Austin has numerous scholarships available to students of all levels. Some of these scholarships are based on academic merit while others rely on financial need.
The best way to get started searching for UT Austin scholarships is to check out UT Austin’s scholarship database. This search tool can be located at the following website: http://texasscholarships.org/. At the top of the website, there is the option to search by scholarship type (i.e., featured scholarships, general scholarships, endowed scholarships, etc.). For the majority of these scholarships, students are required to complete the ApplyTexas application. This application can be found here: https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX. Freshmen students typically complete this form when they apply to the university and are automatically considered for most of the scholarships at UT Austin.
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Students who currently enrolled at UT Austin, those who are transferring to UT Austin or students who are reapplying may need to complete a separate form in order to be considered. This form is called the Continuing and Transfer Scholarship Application. In order to complete it, you will need to go to this website: https://login.utexas.edu/login/cdcservlet?goto=https%3A%2F%2Futdirect.utexas.edu%3A443%2Ffa%2Fscholarshipc%2Findex.WBX&RequestID=504242297&MajorVersion=1&MinorVersion=0&ProviderID=https%3A%2F%2Futdirect.utexas.edu%3A443%2Famagent%3FRealm%3D%2Fadmin%2Futdirect-realm&IssueInstant=2015-10-17T00%3A56%3A08Z
In addition to these steps, UT Austin’s financial aid office recommends a couple of additional steps. The first is to touch base with the academic department in which you will enroll (or in which you are currently enrolled). Some departments may have additional requirements in order to be considered for priority funding. In addition, the departments may be aware of scholarships that are not listed in the database. Furthermore, they recommend looking into non-university scholarship opportunities, such as Every Chance every Texan. More information about other scholarships can be found here: http://admissions.utexas.edu/afford/undergrad-scholarships.
In addition, UT Austin offers funding for graduate students. Below are some of the scholarships available to new and continuing graduate students:
Diversity Fellowships for Incoming Students are awarded to minority students based on academic merit. In order to maintain this scholarship, students are required to maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average. More information about this scholarship can be found at the following website: http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/funding/fellowships/diversity_recruit/index.html#mentor.
Graduate Dean’s Prestigious Fellowship Supplement is for students who have been awarded competitive external fellowships of $12,000 or more. This award provides students with $1,000 and may allow a student to pay in-state tuition. Students must be nominated by a graduate advisor and more information about this award can be found here: http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/funding/fellowships/diversity_recruit/index.html#mentor.
Donald D. Harrington Endowment Fellowships are open to graduate students at UT Austin who are pursuing a Ph.D., Ed.D., or DMA degree. The award is available for one to three years and offers $26,000 for 12 months, tuition remission, coverage of medical insurance, and an additional $2,000 for other expenses. Students must be nominated for this award by their graduate advisor. More information about eligibility criteria and the application/nomination process can be found at this website: http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/funding/fellowships/harrington/.
Author: Jeff Gitlen