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First-Gen STEM Scholars sponsored by USAA

The UTSA First-Gen STEM Scholars sponsored by USAA is a special scholarship program that fosters first-generation undergraduate student success by reducing loan debt, increasing graduation rates, and emphasizing career-engaged learning.

Support for Personal, Academic and Career Success

The First-Gen STEM Scholars sponsored by USAA receive an annual scholarship of up to $5000. With support from peer mentors, faculty coaches, and career counselors, students will enhance their career readiness skills, expand their personal and professional networks, and ensure they persist towards graduation.

Based on the start date of the student, scholarships and funding are provided for up to four terms based on the timing of when participants begin the program.

  • Seniors entering the program in Fall 2021 can expect scholarship support through the end of Spring 2022*
  • Juniors entering the program in Fall 2021 can expect scholarship support through the end of Spring 2023*

*Recipients MUST meet eligibility requirements to continue in the program

Program Eligibility Requirements

  • First-generation college student (parents’ or guardians’ highest level of education is less than a Bachelor’s degree)
  • Eligible for the Federal Pell Grant 
  • Enrolled full-time at UTSA
  • Enrolled in a STEM major
  • From Bexar and adjacent counties (Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson)
  • Good Academic Standing (overall GPA of 2.0 or higher)
  • On track to graduate Spring 2022 (seniors) or Spring 2023 (juniors)

Application Process and Timeline

  1. Access UTSA’s Scholarship Hub and sign in with your myUTSA ID and Passphrase
  2. Complete the General Scholarship application and the "First-Gen STEM Scholars sponsored by USAA" application by Friday, June 18, 2021
  3. Recipients selected and notified by Friday, July 16, 2021
  4. First-Gen STEM Scholars sponsored by USAA onboarding begins in early August
  5. Programming and events begin Fall 2021

 

Log Into the Scholarship Hub

 

For more information, please email USAAScholars@utsa.edu.