Scholarships & Funding

Scholarship Opportunities

The College of Liberal Arts is proud to offer numerous scholarships to better support our undergraduate and graduate students. Each of these scholarships is funded by an alumnus, friend of the university or foundation that recognizes and supports the goals of CoLA and The University of Texas at Arlington.

To apply for a scholarship:

  • Create a profile in the Mav ScholarShop site.
  • Select the scholarship(s) for which you wish to apply. (Several CoLA scholarships are listed below.)
  • Complete the application process (essays, letters of recommendations, etc.) before the deadline.

College of Liberal Arts Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: By the time the award semester begins applicants must have 60 or more hours with 30 hours at UTA, a GPA of 3.85 or above and demonstrated financial need (on a FAFSA form submitted to the financial aid office). In other words, students can apply in the spring when they have 50 hours and only 24 at UTA if by the time they will receive the money they will have at least 60 overall and 30 at UTA.

Shirlee J. and Taylor Gandy Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility: Must be a declared major in a department in the College of Liberal Arts. The requirements are the same as the College of Liberal Endowed Scholarship except that financial need according to FAFSA rules is not necessary. All applicants to the College of Liberal Arts Endowed Scholarship are automatically considered for the Gandy Scholarship.

Burt Grant Salon Spa Scholarship

Eligibility: Open to students in good standing in Art, Music or Theatre who have completed at least 12 hours at UTA. Undergraduate students must enroll in at least 12 hours and graduate students must enroll in at least 9 hours.

Newy Scruggs Scholarship for Student Enrichment Opportunities

Eligibility: Liberal Arts major, can be used for transformative opportunities outside the classroom. May not be used to attend political conventions, political think tanks or political action committees

Billy and Tilly wasson Scholarship for Study Abroad Programs

Eligibility: must be a full time undergraduate during the previous fall and spring semester majoring in a Liberal Arts department, must not have participated in a UTA study abroad program. Preference for first generation students with demonstrated financial need, can be used for a summer, fall or spring study abroad program.

Lucreatia Council Cochran Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship

Eligibility: All Arlington ISD Seniors who will attend UTA; funds may only be used at UTA. Students will be judged on their graduating GPA, their national test scores, their record of service to their school and community, and a short essay on "Patriotism". Students must submit: High school transcript Short autobiography that includes service to school and/or community Essay on “Patriotism” (1,000 words, two pages) Materials must be received by February 9. Mail all materials to: College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office P.O. Box 19617 Arlington TX 76019

Graduate Funding Opportunities

The College of Liberal Arts offers a wide variety of research, travel, fellowship and dissertation funding for deserving students. Typically, these awards are designed to encourage research or creative activity that leads to the completion of your graduate degree. A limited number of Graduate Teaching & Research Assistantships are awarded by most departments. You are encouraged to visit with faculty on availability and requirements of departmental assistantships during the application process.

Dean's Award for Research Travel

Amount: Up to $500 domestic/$1,000 international plus non-travel expenses. Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a thesis, dissertation, portfolio, or performance graduate program in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Arlington. Students who travel in summer must be enrolled full-time in the preceding spring semester. Doctoral students who have only dissertation hours remaining may enroll in a minimum of 3 hours. Applicants must be in good academic standing; students on academic probation are not eligible. This award will not cover costs associated with conference presentations.

See Call for Applications


Ph.D. students in the college (English, History, and Linguistics) are considered for a variety of Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships. These assistantships provide tuition assistance up to 100% and competitive stipends for up to 6 years. Please talk with the program's Ph.D. advisor for further information

Contact the program's Ph.D. advisor for further information.

Dr. Amy Tigner:

Transatlantic History
Dr. Kenyon Zimmer:

Dr. Jeff Witzel:

Dr. Kenyon Zimmer:

Global Fellowship

A component of the Festival of Ideas/Global Research Program, the Fellows Program is made possible thanks to the generosity of Mr. Mustaque Ahmed whose commitment to furthering global understanding led him to support this opportunity.

Past Recipients
 Year  Name  Department  Work
 2015  Laura Garcia  Art & Art History  “Church Reliquaries as an Influence to Create Visual Narrative”
 2015  Joshua Dry  Art & Art History  “Historical Practices of Photography with Emphasis on Identity in an International Context”
 2015  Cor Fahringer  Art & Art History  “Cultural and Religious Influences on Medieval Art and Architecture”
 2014  Rufki Salihi  History  “Post-Communist Albanian Emigration”
 2014  Nicole Leopoldie  History  “Transnational Families Integrating Their children into France’s National Educational System”
 2014  Nathan Kogan  History  “Quaker Humanitarianism in Legitimizing Disability Treatment in the mid 17th Century”
 2014  Kent Rasmussen  Linguistics & TESOL  “Phonological Analysis of Languages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Contributions to Health Literacy”
 2014  Emily Nicastro  Art & Art History  "Using Digital Media to Overcome the Immigration's Impact on the Emerging Canadian-Born Chinese"
 2014  Bethany Yardy  English  “Small Regional Publications Contributions to a 1960s Native Literary Renaissance”
 2013  Rufki Salihi  History  “Post-Communist Albanian Emigration”
 2013  Rod Sachs  English  "Decolonial Theory and Chaucerian Literature"
 2013  MyLynka Kilgore-Cardona  History  “The Influences of Alexandrine Tinne's Transatlantic Afterlife upon Nineteenth-Century European Colonization of Africa”
 2013  Gladys Chow  History  "Using Digital Media to Overcome the Immigration's Impact on the Emerging Canadian-Born Chinese"
 2013  Bryan Garrett  History  "Arab-American Transatlantic Migration Networks"
 2012  Vitaly Voinov  Linguistics  "Unstudied Semantic Aspects of the Tuvan Language"
 2012  Isabelle Rispler  History  "The German Diaspora in Nimibia and Argentina around 1900: Immigration or Settler Colonialism"
 2012  Bryan Garrett  History  "Arab-American Transatlantic Migration Networks"