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.

Discover more scholarships UTA offers.

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.

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.

Lucretia 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. Desiree Henderson:

Dr. Paul Conrad:

Dr. Daniel Scarpace:

Art & Art History
Dr. Kenyon Zimmer:

Awards focused on inclusion, diversity, equity, and access

Please find below a call for three separate award programs funded by College of Liberal Arts’ Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEAs). A total of $4000 is allocated to these programs to support students and faculty. We are working with the university to also add a staff award in the future. Details regarding applicant/nominee qualifications and the procedures for each program are contained in the links below.

College of Liberal Arts Student Organization IDEA Enhancement Grant

UTA undergraduate and graduate students involved in an official campus organization associated with a CoLA department are invited to apply to this enhancement fund to contribute to an inclusive and equitable learning community. It is our hope to encourage new inclusive excellence initiatives from a grass-roots perspective, or build upon existing initiatives regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or access within the college. We are particularly interested in proposals with the following themes: Strategies to expand educational access and success opportunities, How to improve campus racial, ethnic, and identity relations, How to bring more cultural awareness to our campus community, Community Partnerships, College Advocacy, Mentorship and Speakers.

College of Liberal Arts IDEA Student Fellowships

UTA undergraduate and graduate students in a CoLA department are invited to apply for funding to produce and present a project focused on the topic(s) of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. This fellowship also will recognize your commitment to these ethics for the future. Fellows will present their project in the CoLA Spotlight student research symposium in an upcoming spring semester. 

College of Liberal Arts Excellence in IDEA Faculty Award

This award is offered to any NTT or TT faculty member, whether full or part time, that demonstrate commitment to the IDEA/DEI principles of the University of Texas at Arlington and The College of Liberal Arts as represented in local or university-wide activities, community building, recruitment and outreach efforts, scholarship, teaching, managerial practices, university service or other relevant activities.