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