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DIRECTOR: Elizabeth S. Justice

Mike Loya Academic Services Building, Room 202
El Paso, Texas 79968
(915) 747-5478
Fax: (915) 747-5089

The University of Texas at El Paso through the Scholars Excellence Program offers various scholarships to attract and retain the best and brightest students. These competitive scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and are intended to recognize outstanding academic accomplishments and future potential of UTEP students. Academic scholarships are offered to qualified first-year students, college transfers, and currently enrolled undergraduate students. Scholarships are made possible by generous alumni, friends, foundations, corporations and community groups.

Scholarship Requirements

High school students are considered for awards based on high school cumulative grade point average (GPA), class rank, SAT or ACT scores and, to a lesser degree, extracurricular achievements. Currently enrolled students at UTEP or transfer students from another university, with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment is required to be considered for a scholarship. As an undergraduate student, you must submit a statement of educational goals and objectives (minimum of 250 words) along with the scholarship application. As a first-year or transfer student, an academic transcript must also be submitted with your scholarship application. 

Priority Deadlines

All students submit one application, which is used to award all institutional scholarships. Completed applications must be received by the Office of Scholarships by the deadline dates below:

November 1 Priority Deadline (high school seniors only)
March 1 Second Round (high school seniors only)
June 1 Current UTEP and transfer students

Late applications will be accepted and considered on the basis of available funds in all categories awarded. A non-awarded or late scholarship application is kept on file as long as full-time enrollment and a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is maintained. Please visit the Office of Scholarships website for instructions on how to apply and to download a scholarship application.

Scholarship Programs

The following programs include the University’s most prestigious awards. Most are reserved for first-year students with outstanding academic credentials.

President’s Leadership Scholarship Award

Total award $24,000

  • Annual award of $6,000 renewable for three years
  • Awarded to valedictorians and salutatorians of high schools in El Paso, Socorro and Ysleta Independent School Districts of Texas

Presidential Excellence

Total award $16,000

  • Annual award of $4,000, renewable for three years
  • Awarded to students with exceptional leadership skills
  • Students must also meet two of the three requirements below:
    • High school GPA of at least 96
    • Rank in top 3% of graduating class
    • Score at least 1220 on SAT (combined math and reading) OR at least 27 on ACT


Total award $12,000

  • Annual award of $3,000, renewable for three years
  • Students must meet two of the three requirements below:
    • High school GPA of at least 96
    • Rank in top 3% of graduating class
    • Score at least 1220 on SAT (combined math and reading) OR at least 27 on ACT

Academic Scholarship

Total award $6,000

  • Annual award of $1,500, renewable for three years
  • Students must meet all of these requirements:
    • High school GPA of at least 93
    • Rank in top 10% of graduating class
    • Score at least 1120 on SAT (combined math and reading) OR at least 24 on ACT

EPCC Transfer Scholarship Program

Minimum $1,000 award

  • Students transferring to UTEP from EPCC during the last year
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA from EPCC
  • Minimum of 45 transferable credit hours from EPCC
  • Maintain full-time enrollment at UTEP

Top 10 Percent Scholarship

Total Award: $2,000 or $4,000

  • Outstanding high school students who graduate from an accredited high school in Texas, having completed the Recommended or Distinguished Achievement High School Program, while ranked within the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class
  • Enroll in an institution of higher education in Texas the fall semester immediately following high school graduation
  • Must be a Texas resident
  • Maintain full-time enrollment
  • If the recipient of this award, as a junior or senior has a declared major in a shortage field defined in Texas Administrative Code §22.201, the award amount will increase to $4,000.

General Scholarships

There are various additional UTEP scholarships available with specific requirements such as classification, financial need, major, or residency. These scholarships are awarded based on availability of funds. Scholarships may also be awarded based on departmental recommendation if required by the donor. Students are allowed to receive one UTEP academic scholarship, however, may also be eligible for outside scholarships, service awards, and/or research awards. Students may also be eligible for aid from state and federal need-based programs.

Athletes Awarded Academic Scholarships

If you are awarded a scholarship based on merit and participate in intercollegiate athletics, you must comply with NCAA governing rules, which may limit dollar amounts and methods of disbursement. Please contact the Athletics Compliance Office at (915) 747-8607 for additional information.

Service Awards

Service awards are scholarships based on participation in university organizations including music groups, athletic teams, and other such organizations. To apply for these awards, contact the sponsoring department.

Non-Resident Waivers

If you are a non-resident of Texas and are awarded a competitive scholarship of $1,000 or more per year, you may qualify for resident tuition rates for each semester in which the scholarship is awarded to you. To qualify for the waiver, you must have competed with Texas residents for the scholarship and the award must be administered by the Office of Scholarships.

Renewal Information

Notification letters informing students of the status of their eligibility for renewal are mailed in June after spring grades are posted. Please note, should all requirements be met and funding continued by the donor scholarship, awards will be applied towards tuition and fees at the beginning of each year as long as full-time enrollment is met.

Appeal Process

Should the scholarship requirements for renewal not be met, students may submit an appeal to the Undergraduate Scholarship Committee. The appeal form and required documents must be submitted to the Office of Scholarships by the deadline date of June 15th of each year.  Students may only appeal once for any reason of nonrenewal, including GPA and credit hours.

Graduate Scholarship Information

Graduate scholarships are merit-based awards available from the UTEP Graduate School, academic departments, and external sources. Graduate students are encouraged to search for scholarship and fellowship opportunities available on the Office of Scholarships website at  For more information, contact the Graduate School Office at (915) 747-5491.

External Scholarship Opportunities

Additional scholarship resources are offered through civic groups, private companies and organizations. A listing of these scholarships is made available on the Office of Scholarships website at which is updated periodically. Check this listing regularly and apply!