Students at the University of Texas at San Antonio often wonder how to best fund their college education. Given the increasing cost of college, it can be challenging to get through college with minimal debt. Many students prefer to exhaust scholarships options before taking out student loans. If you are a college student at the University of Texas at San Antonio, one of the best ways to start your scholarship search is to complete the FAFSA application. This form will be able to tell you whether you might be eligible for funding from the federal or state governments. In addition to the FAFSA, University of Texas at San Antonio students may be eligible for college-specific funds from UTSA. Below are just a few of the scholarships offered at UTSA:
General Scholarships: UTSA students have access to a variety of awards, called general scholarships. Some of these awards, such as the Indian Student Association Scholarship, the El Patronato de la Cultura Hispanoamericana Scholarship, and the UTSA Endowed Staff Scholarship require that students complete a supplemental essay. However, aside from the additional essays, students simply need to complete one form (the General Scholarship Application) which will allow them to be considered for dozens of UTSA scholarships. Additional information, eligibility criteria, and application instructions for these scholarships can be found here.
UTSA Departmental Scholarships: In addition to general scholarships, many departments offer their own awards to assist students with the cost of attending college. A full list of these departmental awards can be found here. For example, the college of Liberal and Fine Arts offers the Kangaroo Court Restaurants of Texas, Inc. Annual Scholarship to students in their department. This award provides the recipient with a scholarship worth $2,000 per year. The award is open to both graduate and undergraduate students who are enrolled on a full-time basis. Each applicant must have a 3.0 grade point average and preference is given to students who are majoring in geography. In order to apply, students need to write a brief essay, complete an application form, and obtain a letter of reference from a faculty member at UTSA. Additional information about this award is available here.
Presidential Scholarships: UTSA also offers a number of scholarships to students based on academic merit. The amount of these scholarships are determined primarily by the students ACT or ACT score and their rank in their graduating class. For example, students who graduated within the top 10% of their graduating class and who received at least a 32 on the ACT can receive a scholarship worth $24,000, which is spread out over four years. Students who graduated in the top quarter of the graduating class and who scored at least a 26 on the ACT can earn $8,000 in scholarship money, which is also doled out in four equal increments over a four-year period. Students are automatically considered for this scholarship when they are admitted to UTSA. Additional information about the Presidential Scholarships can be found at this website.