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Grants

Grants are a type of "gift-aid."  These are financial aid funds awarded to you because UIW determined you met specific eligibility requirements.  These funds do not have to be repaid and the amount you receive is based on a combination of your financial need, cost of attendance, and enrollment status. Grant funding is limited, and we encourage you to complete and submit your FAFSA and UIW Student Information Form (SIF) as early as possible each year in order to apply for these funds.

The following grants are accepted by UIW for undergraduate students:

  • Pell Grants: Eligibility is based on the FAFSA and is determined by the U.S. Department of Education, students attending full-time (12-18 hours) or half-time (6-11 hours) are eligible.
  • Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG): The SEOG is available on a limited basis to full-time (12-18 hours) students with exceptional financial need.  Eligibility is based on the FAFSA, students that are Pell eligible are given funding priority
  • State Grants (TEG): State grants are available to assist full-time undergraduate students who have financial need. Eligibility is based on the FAFSA.  Student must be a bonafide Texas resident, may not be receiving an athletic scholarship and may not be in a religious-degree seeking program.
  • UIW Grants: UIW grants are funded by the university and are awarded based on need. Funding is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Students seeking a second Bachelor’s degree and graduate students are not eligible for Federal grants but may be eligible for State grants if they demonstrate need and meet specific requirements.

ADCaP and UIW Online students may be eligible for Pell grants, but not state grants due to their reduced tuition. With the exception of the Federal Pell Grant, students must be registered full-time to receive grant assistance.

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Merit Scholarships

UIW is committed to rewarding the academic accomplishments of first-time freshmen and transfer students. Academic scholarships and grants are merit-based forms of financial aid. You must meet the criteria indicated below to be eligible for an academic scholarship or grant at UIW. Your transcripts and ACT and/or SAT scores will be evaluated to determine eligibility. No additional scholarship application is needed. As these scholarships and grants are merit-based, financial need is not a criterion.

  • Endowed Scholarships – (Deadline 03/31/2014) To be eligible for consideration in the 2014-2015 Endowed Scholarship Program, an applicant must either be a returning UIW student that has earned a minimum 3.6 GPA or a high school student that meets the Academic scholarship criteria established by the Admissions Office. Scholarships are renewable provided continued full-time enrollment and a cumulative 3.0 GPA is maintained. Award varies based on eligibility and availability of endowed funds. All applications should be submitted to the UIW Office of Financial Assistance WITH letters of application (incomplete applications will not be processed).  Download application. Contact UIW Office of Financial Assistance at 210-829-6008 or finaid@uiwtx.edu if you have questions.
  • Global Experience Travel Award - (Awarded first come, first serve until funds depleted) The 2013-14 Global Experience Travel Award program offers 50 awards to students for study abroad at the Heidelberg campus, 35 awards for a semester at a UIW Sister School campus and 10 for UIW Faculty led trips. To apply, students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, 75% completion rate, complete a 2014-15 FAFSA and demonstrate financial need. Download application. Contact UIW Office of Financial Assistance at 210-829-6008 or finaid@uiwtx.edu if you have questions.
  • Kemper Scholars Program - (Deadline 02/07/2014) The 2014-15 Kemper Scholars Program is now accepting applications.  The Kemper Scholarship Program encourages first year students’ appreciation of the liberal arts while providing experiences, contacts, and training that may lead to careers in administration or business. Scholars will receive scholarship grants from $2,000-$6,000 per year for their second, third and fourth years of college.  Scholars will also receive summer project grants following their sophomore and junior years of college. Applicants should have a commitment to the liberal arts and be open to exploring careers in organizational leadership and management in business or the nonprofit sector.  This scholarship is normally awarded to liberal arts, business, mathematics, performing arts or similar majors. Download information sheet, Part I Application and Part II Application (Essay). Contact Dean Sandy McMakin at 210-805-3005 if you have questions.
  • Lo Bello of San Antonio Scholarship - For undergraduate women with financial need.  Preference given to single parents.  All applications should be submitted to the UIW Office of Financial Assistance.  Not accepting applications for 2013-14.
  • Pat & Dorothy Legan Scholarship - For undergraduate students whom demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.  All applications should be submitted to the UIW Office of Financial Assistance.  Download the 2014-15 application.(Deadline May 30, 2014)
  • Udall Scholarship - The merit-based Udall Scholarship is available to eligible UIW students who are insterested int he environment, tribal policy or Native American health care.  Eligible students include UIW sophomores and juniors with a GPA of 3.0 or better who are pursuing full-time study.  Applicants must be US Citizens, US nationals or permanent US residents. Please note, only Native Americans and Alaska Natives are eligible to apply in tribal public policy or Native American health care.  Native American students studying tribal public policy or Native health do not need to demonstrate committment to the environment.  Students pursuing environmentally related careers do not need to be Native American nor do they have to demonstrate a commitment to tribal public policy or Native health.  For more information or to obtain an application, contact Jean Loden at 210-832-3211 or jloden@uiwtx.edu.
  • SALE Scholarship - For the 2013-14 academic year, the University of the Incarnate Word will recognize 6 entering freshmen and 8 juniors as San Antonio Livestock Exposition Scholars. These students are selected according to the criteria set by the SALE program (please view application for requirements). All applications should be submitted to the UIW Office of Financial Assistance.  Download the application.
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UIW Scholarships & Merit-Based Awards

The University of the Incarnate Word recognizes the academic achievement of freshman and transfer applicants by offering merit-based aid.  Academic transcripts and ACT and/or SAT scores are evaluated during the admissions process, at which time eligibility for merit aid is determined.

Academic scholarship funds for incoming freshmen and transfer students are awarded to you by the UIW Admissions Office at the time of your acceptance and may be used to offset the costs of tuition only. Current policy states you must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (gpa) in order to renew these funds each year.  The university will maintain the renewal for all students meeting the 3.0 gpa requirement; and in addition, renewals will also be open to students that complete 75% of all coursework attempted with a 2.0 cumulative gpa.

The expansion in the renewal requirement ensures that students will not drop courses in order to maintain the 3.0 gpa, and will encourage students to take and complete the most challenging coursework they can.  It is a priority that students be making academic progress towards graduation, and not making scheduling or enrollment decisions around considerations towards renewing their Academic Scholarship or Award. Renewal requirements for state grants and federal grants have not been altered. For more information, check out the UIW scholarship estimator at www.uiw.edu/admissions/scholestimators.html.

Upgrade Your Aid Scholarship - The UIW Upgrade Your Aid program is available to main campus, undergraduate students who have at least a 3.2 GPA and were enrolled full time (12 hours fall/12 hours spring) in the prior year.  The value of the Upgrade Your Aid Scholarship is $1,000 per year; and will be awarded automatically to students who meet the GPA/enrollment qualifications at the end of the spring term.

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McCracken Alumni Referral Scholarship (MARS)

For first-time freshman and transfer students who are nominated by a graduate of UIW.  The MARS is awarded for $1,000 for first-year only.  Interested alumni should complete the nomination form and forward it to the Alumni Office.  The deadline for nominations is February 1 of each year.

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Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

Each Phi Theta Kappa member from an accredited 2-year institution will be awarded a $2000 per year scholarship. Recipients must be a current member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.45 or higher. Students currently enrolled in dual credit programs are not eligible for the scholarship.

For further information, contact the Office of Admissions at 210-829-6005.

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Athletic Scholarships

As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, UIW offers athletic scholarships in a number of men's and women's sports. UIW adheres to NCAA eligibility guidelines and scholarship offers are given at the discretion of the head coach. If you are interested in the UIW athletic program, contact the Athletic Office at (210) 829-2722.

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Performing/Fine Arts Scholarships

UIW has a long tradition in the performing arts and recognizes students with extraordinary talents in the areas of art, dance, music, and theatre. Scholarships of varying amounts are available on a limited basis. Students must contact the designated department for information on audition dates.

Department Contact Phone E-Mail
Fine Arts Mr. Miguel Cortinas (210) 829-3861 cortinas@uiwtx.edu
Theatre Dr. Robert Ball (210) 829-3804 ball@uiwtx.edu
Music Mr. William Gokelman (210) 829-3855 gokelamn@uiwtx.edu
Marching Band Mr. William Gokelman (210) 829-3855 gokelamn@uiwtx.edu
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Nursing Scholarships

The UIW Nursing Department tracks a variety of nursing scholarships.  Information on these programs is posted on the Nursing Scholarships website hosted by that department.

The Cortez 63 Nursing Scholarship is open students who have been accepted into the BSN, MSN or DNP program in the Ila Fay Miller School of Nursing. Eligible applicants must be Texas residents of Mexican descent; must have a completed 2012-13 FAFSA on file and demonstrate financial need. The deadline for applying for the 2012-13 academic year is November 15, 2012. (this program is now closed).

The Baptist Health Foundation has partnered with the School of Nursing at UIW to provide scholarships for financially needy students in both the Master's and DNP nursing programs who have demonstrated academic promise and are interested in pursuing a teaching career in nursing.  The deadline for applying for the 2013-14 academic year is August 19, 2013. (download the application)

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Veterans Scholarships

Admiral Mike Boorda Loan Program:  No-interest loans range from $500 to $3,000 per academic year for students enrolled in either the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) or Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECP).

AFCEA Educational Foundation Scholarships: The scholarships require students to have some connection to the U.S. Armed Forces, either as an active-duty, veteran, spouse or dependent. Many of AFCEA’s 146 chapters also provide scholarships, grants and tuition assistance for aspiring engineers, technicians, programmers, military personnel and government officials. Financial assistance is made available for students living or attending school within each chapter's local community. http://www.afcea.org/education/scholarships/military/

Air Force Aid Society General H. H. Arnold Education grant Program:  Provides $2000 grants to selected sons and daughters of active duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reserve and deceased Air Force members; spouses (stateside) of active duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their undergraduate studies.

AMVETS Scholarships and Tuition Discounts: AMVETS annually awards scholarships to veterans/active military, their sons, daughters or grandchildren. A son, daughter or grandchild of a deceased veteran is also eligible. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial need, the scholarships go to deserving high school seniors, high school JROTC students and veterans pursuing a higher education.  http://amvets.org/programs/scholarships

American Legion Scholarships: Scholarships and other resources for kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs.

Army Emergency Relief Scholarship ProgramScholarship programs for dependent children of soldiers on federal active duty, retired, or deceased whie inactive or retired status, spouses of active duty soldiers assigned to and living in overseas commands, and need-based education assistance for spouses of active duty and retired Army soldiers, and widows(ers) of Army soldiers who died either on active duty or in a retired status and who are residing in the United States.

Army Women’s Foundation:  The Army Women's Foundation Legacy Scholarship program recognizes the importance of education and helping recipients to achieve their educational goals. The Legacy Scholarship program offers financial support toward community college coursework and undergraduate degrees to Army women and their lineal descendants. Scholarships are based on merit, academic potential, community service and need.   www.awfdn.org/programs/legacyscholarships

Captain Jodi Callahan Memorial ScholarshipDescription: http://www.afa.org/aef/images/pdfmid.gif The Captain Jodi Callahan Memorial Scholarship provides financial assistance and recognition to an active duty Air Force full time guard or reserve (officer or enlisted) person who is pursuing a Master's degree in a non-technical field.

Coast Guard Exchange System:  Recognizing the value of education and the benefits it brings to the Coast Guard Family, the Coast Guard Exchange System (CGES) Scholarship Program was established to provide additional financial resources to dependent children of Coast Guard personnel embarking on undergraduate college/university studies. Annually a $1,500 scholarship is awarded to the outstanding applicant, $750 to the first runner-up, and $500 to the second runner-up. Scholarships are awarded on a one-time basis.  www.uscg.mil/mwr/hqrec/CGESScholarshipProgram.asp

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Education (CGMA):  Provides essential financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family, primarily through interest-free loans, grants and financial counseling.

Freedom Alliance Scholarships: Students are eligible if they are the dependent child (under the age of 26 at the time of application) of an active duty service member who was killed or permanently disabled (100% VA rating) as the result of an operational mission or training accident, or who is currently certified as POW or MIA. The applicant must also be a senior in high school, a high school graduate or currently enrolled full time in an institution of higher learning, including colleges, universities, or vocational schools.

Lt Col Romeo and Josephine Bass Ferretti Scholarship Description: http://www.afa.org/aef/images/pdfmid.gifThis scholarship is made possible by a bequest from the estate of Lt Col Romeo and Josephine Bass Ferretti and was established for minor dependents of Air Force active duty, Reserve or Air National Guard enlisted airmen pursuing an undergraduate degree in the area of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). The recipients will be selected based upon high academic standards, good character and financial need.

Marine Corps Scholarship Scholarship Foundation:  Open to sons or daughters of:  active duty, reserve or veteran U.S. Marines; U.S. Marines who served at least 90 days and received an Honorable discharge, Medical Discharge or were killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps; Active duty or reserve U.S. Navy Corpsmen who are currently attached to a Marine Unit or were attached to a Marine Unit; or U.S. Navy Corpsmen who were attached to a Marine unite and have received an Honorable Discharge, Medical Discharge or were killed while serving in the U.S. Navy.  Scholarshis are limited to undergraduate studies and income limits do apply.

Michael Wilson Scholarship This scholarship program was created by the Air Force Association, in partnership with Brian Wilson, to fund the Michael Wilson Scholarship. Two (2) scholarships in the amount of $15,000 each will be awarded to highly qualified AFROTC cadets, entering into their junior or senior year

Military.com Scholarship Finder: http://aid.military.com/scholarship/search-for-scholarships.do

Military Spouse Career Advancement (MyCAA) Program:  Spouses may qualify for tuition assistance through the Military Spouse Career Advancement (MyCAA) Program.

National Military Family Association - Military Spouse Scholarships : Scholarships of up to $1,000 are awarded to military spouses to obtain professional certification or training, complete a two- or four-year degree, or attend graduate school.

National Resource Directory: Get information on government and private sector tuition assistance, scholarships and financial aid for Service Members, Veterans and their family members

NMCRS Gold Star Scholarship Programs:  Scholarships range from $500 to $2,500 per academic year for a child (under age of 23) of a Sailor or Marine who died while serving on active duty or an unremarried spouse of a Navy or Marine Corps service member who died while serving on active duty.

Parke Memorial Scholarship: The James H. Parke Memorial Fund, comprised of VAVS NAC member organizations, was established in 1976 to serve as te non-profit source of funds for a VAVS Youth Scholarship. Organizations, volunteers, VA staff and others continue to contribute to the Fund. To be eligible, candidates must have completed 100 hours of regularly scheduled VAVS volunteer service during the calendar year prior to September 1; be a student in the 10th grade or above; and have not reached their 19th birthday.

Samsung American Legion Scholarship: Samsung endowed a scholarship fund of $5 million to be administered by The American Legion in 1996, meant to show appreciation for U.S. veterans who came to Korea's aid during its struggle against communist forces in the Korean War. http://legion.org/scholarships/samsung

Society of Sponsors of the United States Navy Centennial Scholarship Program:  Administered by the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), these scholarships are designated for combat wounded or injured veterans who have chosen to serve their country again by entering the teaching profession.

Spouse Tuition Aid Program (STAP):  A need-based, no-interest loan, available ot Navy and Marine Corps spouses residing with their active duty service member sponsor, while stationed outside the fifty United States.  STAP no interest loans are available for part-time and full-time undergraduate and graduate studies.

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship: The American Legion wants to ensure higher education is a possibility for children whose parents have been killed while serving our country. http://legion.org/scholarships/legacy 

Tillman Military Scholars Program:  Open to veteran and active servicemembers of both pre- and post-9/11 service who wish to further their education, including dependents of servicemembers (children under the age of 30 or spouses).

Travers Loan Program:  Provides need-based financial assistance for full-time undergraduate students who are children of active duty sailers and Marines (including Reservists while on active dty over 90 days), children of retired sailors and Marines, and spouses of active duty sailors and Marines residing within the 50 United States.

Veterans of America Internship Support Program: Provides student veterans with a monthly stipend to offset the financial burden of an unpaid internship. Students must: be committed to an internship for at least one semester; desire to explore career opportunities in their major/field of interest; maintain a high level of academic excellence; be a post 9/11 student veteran; possess a GPA of 3.3 or higher; and have at least one semester left prior ot graduation.

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Free Online Scholarship & Fellowship Resources

The Office of Financial Assistance offers a comprehensive resource center for students to research alternative financial aid opportunities.  The resource center is equipped with computer hardware and software that allows students to transmit their FAFSA via the Internet, look for scholarships via the Internet or research specific loan information.  The resource center also allows students access to financial aid applications, scholarship applications, loan applications and other information regarding financial aid. Contact information was provided by the sponsor and is current as of 11/03/2010.

We also offer online workshops to help you refine your scholarship search and prepare for the application process.  (See our online workshop listings for more information.)

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Scholarship & Fellowship Opportunities for Undergraduates 

Please note, the majority of these scholarships are also indexed in free scholarship search engines such as Fast! Web or Scholarships.Com.  We encourage all students to explore the free search engines to maximize their potential of finding a scholarship match.  If you have questions regarding any of the scholarships listed here, please contact the sponsor directly.

Note:  Items marked ** are outside scholarships (scholarships provided by sponsors other than UIW).  Contact information was provided by the sponsor.   If you are interested in an outside scholarship, please contact the scholarship sponsor directly.

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  • UIW NSF Mathematics Scholars Program 03/01 ( For incoming math majors and current UIW students who have declared mathematics as a major as of the Fall 2009.  Must meet all admissions requirements, have a 2.7 GPA for all college work or an average of 82% for high school work, must submit a FAFSA and demonstrate financial need.)
  • San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame** 03/15 (open to female residents of Bexar County)
  • UIW Endowed Scholarships 03/16 (To be eligible for consideration in the 2009-2010 Endowed Scholarship Program, an applicant must either be a returning UIW student that has earned a minimum 3.6 GPA or a high school student that meets the Academic scholarship criteria established by the Admissions Office. Scholarships are renewable provided continued full-time enrollment and a cumulative 3.0 GPA is maintained. Award varies based on eligibility and availability of endowed funds.)
  • Helen Pearson Scholarship** 03/16 (Sponsored by Epsilon Sigma Alpha and the March of Dimes-for students pursuing programs in perinatal healthcare)
  • UIW McGowan Scholarship 03/21 (For more information, contact Dianne Wetsel at (210) 829-3181 or wetsel@uiwtx.edu. Requirements to be awarded the scholarship include:  Business major, Junior or senior standing, Full time student, Recommended by a HEB School of Business and Administration faculty member, Minimum GPA of 3.0, Completion of the application form, Submission of 2 essays.  Student may not have, nor subsequently accept, any other scholarship or award that, when combined with the McGowan award, will provide a benefit greater than one year’s tuition, This award is for the 2008-09 academic year only, This award is forfeited if the student transfers to another major field or another institution.)
  • Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas** 03/31 (for prior girl scouts)
  • Rey Feo Scholarship, Inc.**03/31

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Graduate Scholarships & Fellowships

Please note, the majority of these scholarships are also indexed in free scholarship search engines such as Fast! Web or Scholarships.Com.  We encourage all students to explore the free search engines to maximize their potential of finding a scholarship match.  If you have questions regarding any of the scholarships listed here, please contact the sponsor directly.

Note:  Items marked ** are outside scholarships (scholarships provided by sponsors other than UIW).  Contact information was provided by the sponsor.  If you are interested in an outside scholarship, please contact the scholarship sponsor directly.

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Scholarships for Optometry Students

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Scholarships for Pharmacy Students

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Scholarship Opportunities for Study Abroad & International Students

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Last update 04/07/2014.


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