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UTSA to offer Distinguished Presidential Scholarship to qualified incoming freshmen

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(Nov. 20, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio has created a new merit-based scholarship program for outstanding, first-time, incoming freshmen. The Distinguished Presidential Scholarship program, which awards up to $24,000 provided over four years, was created to recognize the academic merits of outstanding freshman applicants to UTSA.

Beginning with the 2014 freshman class, automatic consideration will be given to all qualified first-time freshmen admitted to UTSA by the priority deadline, Feb. 14, 2014, based on funding availability.

Once accepted to UTSA, Distinguished Presidential Scholarship recipients will be eligible* to receive awards up to $6,000 per year for four years. Initial award amounts will be given based on test scores and ranking in the high school graduating class. Yearly scholarship renewals will be awarded to recipients who enroll for 15 semester credits or more each fall and spring semester and who meet the renewal grade point average requirements.

"Attracting top-tier students and supporting their academic efforts is a critical component of being a Tier One university," said George E. Norton, UTSA associate vice president for student affairs. "This scholarship program will offer highly qualified high school graduates an additional incentive for considering UTSA for their undergraduate degree. At the same time, it will enhance our already considerable atmosphere of academic excellence by attracting the best of the best to UTSA."

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Criteria: Class-ranking high schools

Award amount

Class rank

SAT/ACT score

$24,000 ($6,000/year)

Top 10%

1400 / 32

$16,000 ($4,000/year)

Top 10%

1300 / 29

$12,000 ($3,000/year)

Top 15%

1200 / 26

$8,000 ($2,000/year)

Top 25%

1200 / 26

Criteria: Non-class-ranking high schools

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

Renewal criteria

Award amount

UTSA GPA required for renewal

$24,000 ($6,000/year)

3.25

$16,000 ($4,000/year)

3.0

$12,000 ($3,000/year)

3.0

$8,000 ($2,000/year)

3.0

* Participants in the University of Texas at Austin Coordinated Admission Program (CAP) and UTSA Top Scholars are not eligible for this scholarship.

>> Learn more about the UTSA Distinguished Presidential Scholarships.

>> Learn more about UTSA admission and UTSA scholarship opportunities.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 29,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service.

The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property -- for Texas, the nation and the world.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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