Important Message about Scholarships

We get a lot of inquiries at this time of year about scholarships, so please review this post – it will answer the most frequently asked questions.

AWARDS FROM THE GRADUATE SCHOOL

The New Graduate Fellowship is only available to incoming NEW students. We have a limited number of awards to renew top performers who previously received the NGF, and also a limited number of awards for new Fall 2015 students who did not receive an NGF but performed well in Fall – the NGF GAP award.

DEADLINES

The deadlines have passed for all scholarships- if you did not apply, it is too late.

“I NEED AN APPOINTMENT TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT A SCHOLARSHIP”

Please do not email or ask to meet with us to plead your case. We have over 200 people who applied in time, and funds are limited. You will be notified via email if you were selected for an award. Meeting with us will in no way ensure an award.

“DID I GET AN AWARD? WHY DIDN’T I GET AN AWARD?”

Graduate Admissions/The Graduate School do not have access to the awards that are made by other offices. We only process NGF, NGF renewals, and NGF GAP. That means we can’t tell you why you didn’t get a College Scholarship. There are several individual and endowed scholarships awarded by the various colleges of the University. They range in criteria, requirements and amounts, and are awarded by the scholarship office – not Graduate Admissions/The Graduate School.

If a student is not recommended by the department, has ever violated the UT Tyler academic honesty policy, or plagiarizes any part of the application, they will remain ineligible for our awards for their entire time with UT Tyler. 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.

Finally, the number of awards we can make is limited by our available funds. Therefore, not everyone who is eligible to be considered will receive an award.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE AND HOW ARE THE DECISIONS MADE?

Applications undergo a holistic review, which looks at the following criteria:

Full-time enrollment

  1. Academic standing/cumulative GPA
  2. Donor restrictions
  3. Date application received
  4. Available funding
  5. Faculty recommendation
  6. The applicant’s demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study
  7. Involvement and level of responsibility related to other factors, including extracurricular activities, employment, community service
  8. Geographic region of residence
  9. Academic Program

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS

  • I am the only student who didn’t get an award. We have over 2400 graduate students and only 237 awards. Not everyone gets an award.
  • I have a higher GPA than my classmate who got an award, so it’s unfair that I didn’t get one. The awards are not based solely on GPA.
  • I am having financial difficulties and need the award more than another student, so I should get the award instead of her. The awards are not need-based. Graduate School is expensive and no one is guaranteed an award. This is why we let students know what the costs will be before they apply to grad school. This is also why we ensure that international students provide the Certification of Financial Responsibility so there is no doubt that they are aware of the costs.
  • I have a friend who got an NGF but he’s not going to come to UT Tyler, so you should give that award to me. Unclaimed awards will go back into the pool of funds and will be re-awarded to the next eligible candidate on the list. We will continue to award unclaimed fellowships until they are claimed.

We will make our final awards this week, so please keep an eye on your email account, and best of luck!

 

 

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