An Important Message for New Graduate Fellowship Applicants

The Graduate Scholarship Committee will be meeting soon to review applications for the New Graduate Fellowship (NGF).

Please be sure to use your own words when writing your brief essay about why you should be selected to receive the scholarship. Any form of plagiarism will permanently disqualify students from receiving any financial award from The Graduate School for their entire time at UT Tyler. It will also mean that they are not eligible to work in the Graduate Admission office.

Let’s take a look at a sample essay submission:

“I believe I deserve to be selected for one of your foundation’s scholarships because as a hard working student I commit myself to effectively take advantage of the opportunity that the scholarships will provide me. Besides, I am a student that does not only persistently works hard academically, but also I constantly try to improve my own community’s quality of life by doing volunteer work.”

Sounds compelling, right? WRONG! This essay appears on multiple ‘how to write a scholarship essay’ websites. Don’t believe it? Google it. We see submissions like this far too often. These sites are intended to generate thoughts about your personal experience, and are not an invitation to plagiarize. Students often protest that they were advised by their agent/consult to submit the essay – we do understand that this happens; however, it does not mitigate the consequences.scholarship







Please don’t forfeit this amazing opportunity – take the time to write a few genuine sentences. It is heartbreaking to each committee member to deny awards to otherwise deserving students. If you are applying for the NGF, it means you’ve already been admitted. That means you’ve spent money on the application fee, test scores, and for international students, the evaluated transcript. The NGF pays you $1000 USD, and for non-resident students it cuts your tuition almost in half. That means the NGF can save you roughly $7,000 USD, and pays you $1000 – so don’t lose the benefit of $8,000 a year because you copy phrases, sentences or paragraphs from another source and present it as your own.

Speak openly and honestly about why you think you deserve the award. It doesn’t have to be more than a paragraph. We want to know what you’ll do with your degree from UT Tyler, and how the fellowship will help you achieve that.  That’s it! 3-4 sentences in your own words.

Please review UT Tyler’s Graduate Admissions Policy: The submission of documents in support of applications for admission and fellowships such as transcripts, diplomas, test scores, references, essays, or the applications themselves, that are forged, fraudulent, altered from the original, plagiarized, materially incomplete, obtained under false pretenses, or otherwise deceptive (collectively referred to as fraudulent documents) is prohibited by The University of Texas at Tyler and may be punishable by: a bar on applying for admission, fellowships, suspension, and/or expulsion. Students who submit fraudulent documents are not eligible to reapply.

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