Who you help
Providing Access to Excellence
Merit scholarships are an investment in students who have achieved distinction in academics, the arts or leadership. These scholarships, awarded based on achievement rather than strictly financial need, offer UTSA a competitive advantage to recruit the most capable, talented students to our campuses.
A limited amount of funding for scholarships, particularly merit awards, presents a challenge when seeking to attract the brightest minds to enhance our local community and to help UTSA achieve designation as a Tier One university. Merit scholarships are the most powerful tool UTSA can employ to recruit high-achieving students who will help attract other top-notch students and draw the attention of the strongest faculty.
For the student recipient, a scholarship can be a lifeline. By relieving the financial burden of paying for school, the scholarship recipient has more time to study, focus on academic development or research, and engage in enriching experiences on campus or in the community. Scholarships provide motivation to succeed—when a student knows there are people who believe in them and in their abilities, they are inspired to work harder and to consider ways they can give back.
Texas’ next generation of scientists, artists, educators and leaders deserve our support today. They need scholarship assistance to achieve their full potential. Scholarship support plays a crucial role in helping UTSA attract greater numbers of dedicated, bright students who deserve access to exceptional opportunities.
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UTSA Development Office
“I remember how incredibly difficult it was to keep up during my first year. Like most students, I worked long hours to help pay for my education,” he shares. “The past couple of years, I’ve been fortunate to receive scholarships and internship opportunities, which have made a huge difference for me and my family.”
Farhan Ahmad and Kavina Patel
It’s a friendship that began their freshman year of college at The University of Texas at San Antonio, and since their first encounter a year ago, Kavina Patel and Farhan Ahmad are conquering great things together.
“Never give up, because anything is possible,” shares sophomore Kelsey Badillo. As a first-generation college student from the west side of San Antonio, she credits the Access College and Excel Scholar Program for providing her with opportunities to excel at UTSA.
Eric Ficke is one of many talented students UTSA attracted with its exceptional opportunities. A computer science major, Eric turned down Stanford and Johns Hopkins University to study at UTSA in the top-ranked cybersecurity program.
Amanda Griffee is one of five pioneering students selected for the inaugural group of the new UTSA Top Scholar program. The program awards comprehensive, merit-based scholarships and provides enrichment programming to some of the best students in Texas.
McKinney Scholarship recipient, English major and a top-student, senior Alexis Haight has a unique plan for writers in San Antonio. Although her personal goal is to complete undergraduate and graduate school at UTSA focusing on creative and professional writing, helping others to get published is also on her list.
“The scholarship just made it so much easier for me to succeed,” says Brennan, a communications major. “It’s allowed me not to have to work during the school year so I’ve been able to take up opportunities that don’t pay as much but are educational.”
“I know that I’m privileged to have received the McKinney scholarship,” says Cleo, a music major. “I don’t have to take out loans or work a full-time job. I feel very lucky, it definitely gives me a lot more time to study and focus on what I love to do.”
Krizia Ramirez could be a statistic, but instead she is advocating for change.
For many people, college is a time when you get to discover yourself while working towards your academic goals. But for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, this time of self-discovery can often include the decision to come out.