UTRGV Graduate Select Scholarship

UTRGV Graduate Select Scholarship

The UTRGV Graduate Select Scholarship offers graduate students from all disciplines a great opportunity to help fund their studies at UTRGV. The award consists of a one-time, up to $1,000 scholarship for one academic year. Two consecutive semesters may be awarded: up to $500 per semester, for a total of $1,000.

Graduate students must be enrolled a minimum of 6 hours (or 3 hours per module) for the award semester. Applicants will be selected based on a competitive assessment of admissions information and scholarship applications and will be reviewed in accordance with the university's mission, identifying those with intellectual, creative, and leadership potential who wish to earn a Master's or Doctoral degree from UTRGV.

Eligibility

The scholarship will be available to newly admitted (accelerated online and traditional) graduate students who have not previously been awarded this scholarship or the former Graduate Dean's Scholarship. Priority will be given to students who do not receive other UTRGV institutional scholarships or graduate assistantships.

Selection Process:

Scholarship selection will be based on a holistic review of admissions information and scholarship applications taking the factors listed below into consideration:

Academics

  • Holistic GPA Review
  • 3.5 GPA in the undergraduate degree for admission to the Master’s program.
  • Or 3.5 GPA in the undergraduate degree for direct admission to Doctoral programs (when applicable).
  • Or 3.5 or higher GPA in Masters-level studies for admission to Doctoral programs.

ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be enrolled at least 6 hours (or 3 hours per module), for each awarded semester/module in hours leading to the completion of a masters or doctoral degree.
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 Institutional GPA to maintain eligibility for their subsequent awarded semester/module.

 

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

Graduate students meeting eligibility requirements are encouraged to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to support their research, and professional development. Submit a completed scholarship application to be considered for this scholarship opportunity.

  1.   Create an account or log in at utrgv.edu/applyscholarships
  2.   Click on Create/Modify Application
  3.   Complete and Save your student profile
  4.   Click on Scholarship Match
  5.   Answer the additional question for the Graduate Select Scholarship (short essay)
  6.   Click Save to submit your completed application

Scholarship Application deadlines

Students must have clear admittance into their academic program by the Priority Scholarship Application Deadlines listed for each term indicated below. Students will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis based on fund availability.

UTRGV Scholars Deadlines
FALL PRIORITY
SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE
SPRING
PRIORITY SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE
SUMMER I & II PRIORITY SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE
Traditional Programs JUN 15 OCT 15 APR 15
Accelerated Online Programs

Module 1: JUL 15

Module 2: SEP 15

Module 1: DEC 15

Module 2: FEB 15

Module 1: APR 15

Module 2: JUN 15

*Scholarship applications received after the listed priority deadline will only be considered dependent upon funding availability.

AWARD AMOUNT

The one-time award amount is for up to $1,000. Students will be awarded for 2 consecutive semesters only: up to $500 per semester for a total award of $1,000.

Scholarship funds are not transferable to subsequent semesters or academic year if a student fails to enroll in the number of hours required for the awarded semester, or does not receive the full award. This scholarship terminates upon graduation, transfer to another institution, or upon non-enrollment at UTRGV.

For questions about the Graduate Select Scholarship, please contact scholarships@utrgv.edu.

Note: Recipients who are international or non-resident may be eligible to pay Texas resident tuition during the terms of the scholarship.

Additional Information: 

  • We recommend students apply for financial aid at the same time as the UTRGV Graduate Select Scholarship application. The selection process is competitive, and there are still other opportunities to be awarded grants as a graduate student. It's a good idea to have an application on file should funds be available. Once the application is on file, students can also explore our UTRGV General Scholarships. Find scholarship information HERE.
  • You do not need to apply for a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) to apply or accept the Graduate Select Scholarship. 


Frequently Asked Questions:



If I am admitted conditionally, will I qualify for the Graduate Select Scholarship?

No, you must have clear admittance into your academic program to qualify for the Graduate Select Scholarship.

Can the Graduate Select Scholarship be combined with any other UTRGV institutional scholarships or graduate assistantships?

No, this scholarship may not be combined with any other UTRGV institutional scholarships or assistantships such as the Sustainability Fellows or the UTRGV Employee Tuition Assistance Program.

If I am a UTRGV employee, can I apply and receive this scholarship?

Yes, UTRGV employees can apply and receive this scholarship as long as they are not receiving any other UTRGV institutional scholarships or assistantships such as the Sustainability Fellows or the UTRGV Employee Tuition Assistance Program.

When and how will the Graduate Select Scholarship be distributed?

Students selected to receive this award must accept their award as instructed on their award letter. The accepted award amounts will be applied to the student’s tuition and fee bill as long as they are meeting eligibility and enrollment requirements.

If I already paid for my tuition, can I get a reimbursement if I meet the requirements?

Yes. If you meet the eligibility and enrollment requirements any credit created due to an out-of-pocket payment will be refunded to you.

Can I be considered for the Graduate Select Scholarship if I am applying into a Doctoral program?

Yes, as long as you are a newly admitted doctoral student and are not receiving any other UTRGV institutional scholarships or assistantships.

Can I apply for this scholarship each year?

No, this is a one-time scholarship awarded to newly admitted graduate students and returning graduate students.

If I was awarded the Graduate Dean’ Scholarship before, can I apply for the Graduate Select Scholarship?

No, the Graduate Select Scholarship is for graduate students who have not previously been awarded this scholarship or the former Graduate Dean’s Scholarship.

If I’m a student of a graduate certificate program, do the hours count towards the required number of hours for the Graduate Select Scholarship?

No, this award is only for graduate students seeking a Master’s or Doctoral degree. 

Do I need to have a financial aid application (FAFSA or TASFA) in order to be eligible?

No, a financial aid application is not required.

When is the application deadline to apply to my graduate program?

Visit the graduate application deadlines page to find the deadline for your program.