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Scholarship IconDid you know that the UTSA Staff Council provides SCHOLARSHIPS for employees to help cover the costs of earning a degree at UTSA?

UTSA already offers 12 semester credit hours of designated tuition and mandatory fee waivers in undergraduate and graduate coursework each year for eligible employees through the Employee Educational Benefit (EEB) program. A scholarship from Staff Council could help you pay for associated costs, like textbooks and supplies, or could be applied toward the cost of taking additional credit hours.

The Staff Council Annual Scholarship currently includes two $500 awards for the undergraduate level and two $500 awards for the graduate level. Additionally, eligible staff may apply for the Staff Council Endowed Scholarship, which is also awarded annually.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 15! Visit the Staff Scholarships page to learn more!


As an institution of higher education, UTSA encourages staff to further their education and be life-long learners. As a part of that goal, UTSA Staff Council has helped develop several resources for benefits-eligible staff who want to pursue a degree while employed at the university. Not only did Staff Council initiate the Employee Educational Benefit (EEB) which allows up to 12 semester credit hours of designated tuition and mandatory fee waivers each year for qualified staff, but they also offer scholarship opportunities. The Council fundraises each year through events such as Strikes for Scholarships in order to provide the awards.

Currently the annual scholarship includes two $500 scholarships for the undergraduate level and two $500 awards for the graduate level.

Picture of Cié GeeCié Gee, a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program and a 2014-2015 Staff Council recipient stated regarding the scholarship, “I encourage UTSA staff who are pursing degrees to apply for this scholarship because it is a wonderful example of staff supporting staff and of course it is an excellent gift that lessens the financial burden.”

Picture of Araceli PachecoAnother one of last year’s scholarship recipients, Araceli A. Pacheco, a communications major who works in the PeopleSoft Support and Sustainment Center (PSSC) shared what the scholarship meant to her. “Receiving the UTSA Staff Council Annual Scholarship lets me focus on my studies and I don’t have to worry about taking out any loans for my education.” She went on to share some encouragement about why staff should further their education and apply for the scholarship. “When I began thinking about becoming a student at UTSA, I asked myself, ‘Am I too old to go to college?’ I want to tell all those staff members that are asking themselves that same question, ‘No, you are never too old!’ Education is such an important part of reaching your dreams and goals. If you have the desire to further your education, GO FOR IT!”

Award Certificate IconRoseanne Hurst receives November Staff Council Appreciation Award

November 2014 Winner

Congratulations to Roseanne Hurst, Administrative Associate II in the Office of the Vice President for Research, Office for Research Support (ORS) on being selected as the November 2014 Staff Council Appreciation Award recipient. Bernard Arulanandam and the ORS Staff nominated her stating the following:

"Holding one of the brightest smiles, Roseanne always helps to bring a positive start to everyone's day. With excellent customer service skills, she communicates with a wide range of stakeholders, from UTSA leadership, faculty and staff, to representatives from external research institutions. She always exemplifies professionalism and enthusiasm, making herself approachable to all. She is the first staff member to offer help above and beyond her administrative role, and on most days, the last person to leave work, ensuring that everyone has what they need to keep research growing at UTSA. Roseanne is pivotal to daily operations and those who work within the ORS. Of specific importance, she has been a key contributor to onboarding eight new staff members over the past 18 months. She coordinated all hiring processes, maintained positive relations with HR and provided new staff members with a warm welcome and supported role within the ORS team."

On December 10, members of the UTSA Staff Council and staff from her department presented Roseanne with a certificate and UTSA-themed balloon bouquet, along with other tokens of appreciation from the department and Arulanadam.