The Jackson School offers a wide range of scholarships for undergraduates. Two especially noteworthy ones are the Undergraduate Merit Based Scholarship and the Field Experience Scholarships.

Undergraduate Merit Based Scholarships

This program is designed to boost academic achievement in the Jackson School and to encourage students to complete a geosciences major. Each semester, about 100 to 150 students receive these scholarships, which range from $750 to $3,450 depending on the student’s progress through the degree program and grade point average (see matrix below). Students can use the scholarship awards to pay for tuition, books, housing, food, or any other academic expenses they choose. The scholarships are funded through the Geology Foundation’s endowed accounts set up by alumni and other contributors.

Undergraduate Merit Based Scholarship Matrix
Total UT GPA 3.0 – 3.24 3.25 – 3.49 3.5 – 3.74 3.75 – 4.0
Freshmen $750 $1,150 $2,250 $3,000
Sophomore $800 $1,200 $2,350 $3,150
Junior $850 $1,250 $2,450 $3,300
Senior $900 $1,300 $2,550 $3,450

JSG Scholarships may be affected by hours undertaken or major code. Please see JSG student services staff for details.

Field Experience Scholarships

Scholarships are available for students taking our summer field courses, including Field Geology (GEO 660), Field Methods in Groundwater Hydrogeology (GEO 376L), and the Marine Geology and Geophysics Field Course (GEO 348K).  Availability of funds and award criteria may vary from year to year, but in recent years high-GPA students have gotten a full scholarship for tuition and fees, and all first-time applicants have received partial support.  The scholarships are funded through endowed accounts maintained by the Geology Foundation for which donors have specifically expressed their desire to support undergraduate field experiences.

University-Wide Support

The Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) offers a number of resources to help new and current students with financial aid and managing college finances, including:

Bevonomics. Bevonomics teaches students how to better manage their money, credit, and debt. The Daily Texan described the program in their article, “Workshop Educates Students on Facts about Leasing.”  This is one of several Bevonomics workshops currently being offered on campus. A full schedule of these workshops can be found on the Bevonomics website.

Continuing and Transfer Scholarship Application. Early in the winter semester is the time for students to go to the Spotlights section of OSFS’s website to apply for 2012-13 Continuing and Transfer Scholarships. The deadline for this application is April 1, although students who wish to apply for Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarships must complete this by February 24 and students seeking Texas Exes scholarships must finish it by March 1.

FAFSA Completion Assistance. This year’s March 15 FAFSA priority deadline is fast approaching, so we are offering students opportunities to learn how to complete the FAFSA – without which we cannot consider them for need-based grants, loans, and work-study in 2012-13. These include an on-line tutorial, “7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA,” and several in-person FAFSA completion sessions during which our counselors will be available on a walk-in basis to help students fill out the FAFSA.

TexasScholarships.org. OSFS also has an on-line service called TexasScholarships.org on which we post information about private scholarship opportunities. TexasScholarships.org also has links to reputable scholarship search engines. It is available 24/7 to all students admitted to or enrolled in the University.

UT4Less. Budget and regulatory limitations make it impossible for every student to receive a grant or a scholarship, but our newest publication, UT4Less, continues to be available on-line to help all undergraduates learn how to make the world-class education UT offers as affordable as possible, and to limit their borrowing to only what they absolutely need.