Living It Up on Campus
Academic excellence, internship possibilities and a generous scholarship attracted Aaron Gann to UT Arlington in 2008. With one year under his belt, he’s sure he made the right choice.
“UT Arlington has many different resources for students,” says the sophomore from Abilene, “and many other great programs that help students when they have trouble.”
Gann earned the Presidential Charter Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships UT Arlington awards to entering freshmen. Students must score 1400 on the SAT or 31 on the ACT and be in the top 10 percent of their high school class or have compiled a cumulative 3.5 high school GPA. It provides $6,000 per academic year and is renewable for four years.
“The scholarship was extremely important in my decision because it made education here more affordable than many other Texas institutions,” he says.
Gann, who graduated from Wylie High School in Abilene, says location was also important in choosing a university.
“I’m only three hours from home,” he says. “And I heard about the many internship opportunities in this area and the high quality of the faculty here.”
Gann lives on campus in the Cooper Chase Apartments and enjoys walking to class and being in the center of UT Arlington’s dynamic campus life.
“Living on campus is ideal,” he says. “The campus has a great layout that is compact enough that you can travel from class to class within 10 minutes. “
He joined a Freshman Interest Group his first year and now tries to find time to participate in UTA Volunteers and the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM).
“I really enjoy computer science and Spanish subjects, and I find languages—computer or otherwise—very interesting,” says the double major in software engineering and Spanish.
In high school, his team was state runner-up in the University Interscholastic League Spelling and Vocabulary competition. His UIL computer science team also advanced to regional competition two straight years.
“My dream job would be working to develop language-learning software,” he says. “I also want to preach in South America.”
Whatever career path Gann chooses, UT Arlington and the Presidential Charter Scholarship have helped point him in the right direction.
Gann lives on campus and enjoys walking to class and being in the center of UT Arlington’s dynamic campus life. “Living on campus is ideal,” he says. “The campus has a great layout that is compact enough that you can travel from class to class within 10 minutes. “