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UTSA Staff Employee Scholarship Opportunities
Deadline: February 15, 2016

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 (amount varies).

Award: Two awards $500 for undergraduate level and two awards $500 for graduate level

  • Must be degree seeking "benefits eligible" in accordance with university policy and either a classified or administrative & professional staff employee at UTSA
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must enroll for a minimum of 3 credit hours
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must supply a one-page, typed biographical essay describing obstacles or challenges faced in obtaining a higher education.
  • Include personal and/or professional goals and the role of the scholarship in obtaining these goals. Also include any contributions made to UTSA and other information that will help the committee make an informed decision.
  • Current Staff Council members not eligible to apply.
  • Application Requirements: General Scholarship application

Award: One award annually; amounts varies

  • Must be full-time UTSA staff employee enrolled in undergraduate or graduate courses
  • Must enroll at UTSA part-time or full-time and pursuing a degree
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Application Requirements: General Scholarship application and attach a 200-word essay explaining how pursuing a degree at UTSA will assist you in your current and future work in higher education


  • Complete the On-Line General Scholarship Application at
  • Upon clicking on the General Scholarship Application link, you will be directed to sign on to ASAP.
  • At the top of the main page, click on the Financial Aid tab.
  • Then select the General Scholarship Application link to begin the process.
  • Deadline to submit the General Scholarship Application is February 15, 2015.

**Please note that you will be required to submit your required essay in the box provided on the application. Failure to include the required essays will result in your ineligibility for the scholarship.

If you have any questions, please visit the UTSA Scholarship Office online. Each year, the Staff Council raises money through events such as the annual Strikes for Scholarships night of bowling and water sales at commencement ceremonies in the spring to generate scholarship funds for UTSA staff interested in receiving financial support to further their education.

DONATE to support the Staff Council Scholarship Fund!

Donate to Staff Council Scholarships!

  • Click on the "Make a Gift Online Today" link
  • Select the donation amount
  • Select “Other” in the Designation field
  • Type “Staff Council Scholarship” in the box provided

Strikes for Scholarships Event

Strikes for Scholarships

On May 18, 2015, staff from across campus gathered at University Bowl for Strikes for Scholarships – an annual fundraiser to support UTSA staff members pursuing their degrees. With every lane filled, an active silent auction, lots of door prizes and some friendly competition, the event’s fun and fund-raising goals were both met!

Past Scholarships Recepients

Award Certificate IconCié Gee

Picture of Cié Gee

Cié 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.”

Award Certificate Icon Araceli A. Pacheco

Picture of Araceli Pacheco

Another 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!”