The Robert D. Riley Scholarship Fund is established at The University of Texas at Arlington to support full-time undergraduate students. The scholarships will be awarded and administered through the Honors College at The University of Texas at Arlington. The Honors College Scholarship Committee shall award these scholarships to students who show both academic promise and financial need. You do not have to be a member of the Honors College to be eligible.
Mr. Robert D. Riley was born in Burnet County, Texas, where he grew up on a farm with his parents. Mr. Riley worked hard to afford an education at Angelo State College so that he could fulfill his dream of becoming a pilot. Robert Riley realized his dream and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he flew for seven years. Later, he joined American Airlines, where he served for thirty-three years before retiring as a captain.
Mr. Riley's hope is that through this scholarship opportunity, dreams may be realized by others who are willing to work hard and succeed, thus utilizing a University of Texas at Arlington Honors degree to become valuable, contributing members of our society.
Eligibility Requirements: UT Arlington full-time freshman students.
Additional Exceptions and Limitations: None specified.
Award Amount: Up to $4000 per year, supporting students from their freshman year through four years of study leading to graduation.
Number of Awards: Variable.
- The student must demonstrate a high level of academic aptitude and the ability to learn
- The student must demonstrate financial need in the application essay
- The student must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for scholarship renewal each semester
- The student must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester
- The student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and legal resident of Texas
- The student must agree to allow the university to report to the donor on matters of academic performance, student activities, and community involvement
- Recipients must send a letter to the donor annually, updating donor on his or her respective progress
Additional required materials:
- Your résumé. List honors and recognized achievement. Also note your positions of leadership, community service, and/or membership activities in clubs (not restricted to school).
- A letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor.
- An essay discussing your academic and career goals and detailing your family and personal need for financial assistance. The essay should be double-spaced and no longer than two pages.