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Scholarships at UTB are made available to students each semester through generous donations. These gifts are from corporations, businesses, community organizations, individual donors and the university itself.

Knowing their gifts can alleviate some of the financial burden of higher education, donors make contributions to open doors for students to achieve their academic goals.

UTB gratefully acknowledges the generous donors who make these scholarships possible.

Scholarship literacy

Scholarship Sources

Students can search for scholarship opportunities through various sources:

  • UTB website
  • UTB Financial Aid Office bulletin board
  • Flyers on University bulletin boards throughout campus
  • The Collegian (UTB Newspaper) Link found on the left hand column
  • Academic Department(s) in your specific field of study
  • The Internet
  • Faculty
  • Local libraries, organizations or retail stores
  • Current employer(s) (student and/or parent)

Financial Need-Based Awards

Many scholarships are need-based awards. Financial need is defined as the difference between a student's cost of education and what the family/individual is expected to contribute. In order to be considered for need-based awards, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available at the Financial Aid Office, Tandy 206 or online at

Assistance to Non-Resident/International Students

A non-resident student who receives a competitive scholarship of at least $1,000 for the academic year may be eligible to pay the in-state resident tuition rate for the period of time covered by the scholarship, not to exceed 12 months. In order to be eligible for the tuition waiver, the student must compete with other students for the scholarship, including Texas residents. The scholarship must be awarded by an Official University Scholarship Committee. If you think you qualify for this scholarship, inquire at the Office of Financial Aid.

Scholarship Scams

The Federal Trade Commission provides information to help students avoid scholarship scams. The FTC warns students and parents to beware of companies that make any of the following claims or information requests:

  • The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.
  • You can't get this information anywhere else.
  • May I have your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship?
  • We'll do all the work.
  • The scholarship will cost some money.
  • You've been selected by a national foundation to receive a scholarship….
  • ….or, "You're a finalist" in a contest you've never entered.

For more information about scholarship scams, visit The Federal Trade Commission website or call their toll-free phone number at 1-877-FTC-HELP.

Thank you Letters

Students are strongly encouraged to express their appreciation to their scholarship donors by sending a thank you note or letter. Expressing gratitude to donors for their interest and support of education is an important part of receiving a scholarship. When donors know that their gifts are making a difference, they are encouraged to continue their support.

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