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Helpful Tips

Helpful tips in applying for college, business or organizational scholarships:

 

  • Regardless of whether you are applying for UTSA scholarships or other public scholarships, apply for only those scholarships for which you are eligible.  Read all of the scholarship requirements and directions carefully to ensure you understand what is required. You cannot be awarded if you’re not eligible for a scholarship.
  • Complete the application in full. If a question doesn't apply to you, enter N/A, but do not leave it blank.
  • Follow directions and provide everything that is required.
  • If possible, type the application. If typing is not possible, print neatly and legibly.
  • Pay close attention to those scholarships that require an essay. Make sure your essay falls within the length requirements. Depending on the essay question, pick one main theme and select three ideas to support your theme.
  • Check spelling and grammar. Have someone-such as a teacher, counselor or parent-read your essay, and ask them for feedback.
  • Don't wait until your senior year to take the SAT or ACT test. Take them well in advance of the deadlines and as many times as you like to improve your score.  

Keeping Your UTSA Scholarship

Once awarded a scholarship, please read the award letter carefully for continued eligibility requirements, if any. If the scholarship is renewable, it may require you to submit a new application each year. You may need to maintain a minimum GPA (sometimes less than the GPA that won you the scholarship). You may be required to complete a certain number of credits or specific courses. Scholarships frequently require a minimum level of enrollment. If you fall below the minimum or fail to enroll a semester, you may lose the scholarship. If you struggle with a course and consider dropping, please do not do so until you have talked to your adviser and a scholarship representative from Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services. Dropping one or more courses below full-time may impact your scholarship.

Most scholarships require the recipient to write a thank you letter to the donor to show appreciation for their support. Funds will not be disbursed until the letter is received and approved in the Scholarship Office. Thank You Letter Guidelines and Tips

Distinguished Presidential Scholarship
Merit Scholarship for Incoming Freshman

Qualifications

Please note participants in the UT-Austin Coordinated Admission Program (CAP) are not eligible for these scholarships. For non-ranking schools, if a rank is provided, we will use that rank to determine eligibility for the scholarship.  If no rank is provided at all, then we will only use the SAT/ACT scores to determine eligibility.

Class-Ranking High Schools and Non-Ranking High Schools who submit ranks

Award Amount Class Rank SAT / ACT Score
$24,000 ($6,000/year) Top 10% 1400 / 32
$16,000 ($4,000/year) Top 15% 1300 / 29
$12,000 ($3,000/year) Top 20% 1200 / 26
$8,000 ($2,000/year) Top 25% 1200 / 26

Non-Class-Ranking High Schools (no rank provided)

Award Amount SAT / ACT Score
$24,000 ($6,000/year) 1400 / 32
$16,000 ($4,000/year) 1300 / 29
$8,000 ($2,000/year) 1200 / 26

Term of the Award

Freshman Awards:  Your Distinguished Presidential Scholarship has been awarded for a total of eight consecutive semesters of eligibility, fall and spring, toward completion of your first undergraduate degree, provided you meet the following renewal criteria by the end of each spring semester.

Semester Criteria

You must remain enrolled in UTSA courses as a full-time undergraduate student with a minimum of 12 UTSA credit hours each fall and spring semester in order for your scholarship to disburse.  Although your scholarship will disburse at 12 UTSA credit hours, UTSA highly recommends you complete a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester to ensure you successfully complete a total of 30 UTSA credit hours by the end of each spring.  If you enroll for fewer than 12 UTSA credit hours and your scholarship did not disburse, you forfeit that semester’s award, and that semester still counts against your maximum award terms of eligibility.  However, your scholarship may still be renewed as long as you meet annual renewal criteria. 

Renewal Criteria

All new and continuing Distinguished Presidential Scholarship recipients must successfully complete a minimum of 30 UTSA credit hours by the end of each spring semester with a minimum 3.0 UTSA cumulative GPA.  You must be continuously enrolled at UTSA in order to have your scholarship renewed for the next academic year.  Any break in enrollment without an approved deferment on file with the Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services Office will result in a loss of your scholarship.

Semester Criteria
You must remain enrolled in UTSA courses as a full-time undergraduate student with a minimum of 12 UTSA credit hours each fall and spring semester in order for your scholarship to disburse.  Although your scholarship will disburse at 12 UTSA credit hours, UTSA highly recommends you complete a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester to ensure you successfully complete a total of 30 UTSA credit hours by the end of each spring.  If you enroll for fewer than 12 UTSA credit hours and your scholarship did not disburse, you forfeit that semester’s award, and that semester still counts against your maximum ward terms of eligibility.  However, your scholarship may still be renewed as long as you meet annual renewal criteria. 


Qualifying Types of Credit Hours

  • UTSA Credit Courses (excludes repeated courses)
  • UTSA Sponsored study-abroad courses

The following do not satisfy credit-hour requirements for renewal eligibility; however, these may be used toward your overall credits for degree completion.

  • Consortium agreement courses, repeating a course, receiving an incomplete or auditing a course
  • Advanced Placement credits, dual degree credits, transfer credits from other colleges/universities or correspondence courses.

Change of Status – Scholarship Deferment

  • If you require leaving UTSA, to retain your scholarship upon returning, your deferment must be approved by the UTSA Financial Aid and Enrollment Services Office before you leave.
  • Acceptable deferment reasons are circumstances outside of your control or a unique learning experience related to your studies at UTSA.
  • Qualified deferments are permitted only after completing at least one successful semester at UTSA. 
  • If you leave the university without an approved deferment on file, you will forfeit your scholarship.
  • If you leave UTSA to attend another post-secondary institution, you will forfeit your scholarship.

Options for Students Not Meeting Renewal Criteria
If you do not meet or exceed the renewal criteria by the end of each spring semester, consider the following options:

  • Start with your academic advisor.  Your advisor can help you understand your options and help you reach your academic goals. They can get you in the right courses and also connect with with tutoring and other programs that will help you succeed.
  • Connect with your Financial Aid and Enrollment Services mentor.  Our staff is ready to help when you need additional support to get connected.  You were assigned a mentor at the start of your scholarship so make a connection.
  • Enroll in UTSA summer session courses.  If you need to complete additional UTSA credit hours or increase your UTSA cumulative GPA to meet renewal criteria, you can take summer classes to make up these deficiencies.  If you do not meet renewal criteria after taking summer session courses, you may not file an appeal.  If is your responsibility to work with your advisor to determine the feasibility of the UTSA summer enrollment option.

 

Scholarship Maintenance Plan
If you are at risk of losing your scholarship, the Scholarship Maintenance Plan can help you get back on track and may let you retain a portion of your academic award.  The scholarship maintenance plan is designed to help you if you are at risk of losing your Distinguished Presidential Scholarship or your Distinguished Transfer Scholarship by allowing you to retain a portion of the scholarship award value.


Fully Renewing Your Scholarship
In order to renew 100% of your scholarship, you must successful complete the following by the end of each academic year (fall, spring and immediately following summer):

  • Earn 30 UTSA credits in one academic year
  • Earn a UTSA 3.0 cumulative GPA

Partially Renewing Your Scholarship
The Scholarship Maintenance Plan is used when the above requirements are not fully met.  For every consecutive year you do not fully meet the renewal requirements (earn 30 UTSA credits in one academic year and a UTSA 3.0 cumulative GPA), the percentage you will be able to receive of your scholarship will be reduced.  However, if at the end of any academic year you are able to fully meet the renewal requirements, the scholarship will be renewed at 100%.  The following provides the percentage of the award you will receive based on your UTSA cumulative GPA and earned UTSA credit hours:


UTSA Cumulative GPA

3.0+

2.5 to 2.99

2.49 or Below

Credit Hours

29 to 24

30 to 24

23 or less

30 to 0

1st year of not meeting renewal criteria

70% of original award

70% of original award

0% of original award

0% of original award

2nd consecutive year of not meeting renewal criteria

60% of original award

60% of original award

0% of original award

0% of original award

3rd consecutive year of not meeting renewal criteria

50% of original award

50% of original award

0% of original award

0% of original award

At the end of each academic year (fall, spring and summer), Financial Aid and Enrollment Services will review your progress on the scholarship maintenance plan.  If you meet the requirements to fully renew your scholarship we will increase the percentage of your award accordingly.

Important: Your MyUTSA email address is your official means of receiving communication from UTSA

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