Diversity Scholars Program

Diversity Scholars Program

The Office of the President and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion created the Diversity Scholars Program in 2010-2011 to increase the diversity of students enrolling at UT Dallas. The scholarship targets students who have a record of academic excellence in high school or community college and show significant financial need.

This scholarship can be used to cover education related expenses including tuition, fees and housing. Each student will receive $5,000 per year for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study. Students receive more than just a financial award through this program. Diversity Scholars also receive academic support from program staff to assist them in successfully transitioning to UT Dallas.

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Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

The student must:

  • be admitted to the University,
  • be an undergraduate student enrolling for the first time at UT Dallas as a full-time student in the fall semester of the application year,
  • have a record of academic merit in high school or community college,
  • have a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale if transferring from community college,
  • have financial need as determined by a completed financial aid application (FAFSA or TASFA),
  • submit a one-page resume or one-page list describing their leadership roles, community service and extracurricular services, 
  • submit an essay on the topics indicated on the application, and
  • submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor, or counselor.

Students who are selected for the scholarship are required to:

  • attend a Freshman or Transfer Student Orientation session,
  • participate in regular Diversity Scholars Program academic check-in meetings after enrolling in the University, and
  • volunteer at least five hours for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion each semester.

UT Dallas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its programs and activities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, admission, and enrollment. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance.

Apply for the Diversity Scholars Program

Please visit the Apply to Diversity Scholars Program for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

For frequently asked questions about the scholarship, please visit the Scholarship FAQs.

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For More Information

For more information, contact [email protected]. Additional UT Dallas scholarship information is available on the Financial Aid Office website.