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Valero Graduate Funds Program

Funding Available to All Graduate Students

Valero Research Fellows

GOAL

To increase the enrollment of graduate students with *disadvantaged backgrounds.

Ph.D. Programs

  • The Valero Graduate Program will provide financial support of $25,000 for new Ph.D. students enrolled in any College of Engineering Ph.D. program if they are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have *disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Six (6) slots will be available per year.
  • Funding for a student will be limited to one (incoming) year. Subsequent support will come from the Ph.D. program contingent on the student’s academic performance
  • Each program should provide nominations to the office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies with relevant student application materials

M.S. Programs

The Valero Graduate Program will provide financial support of $10,000 for new M.S. students enrolled in any College of Engineering graduate program if they are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have *disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • Four (4) slots will be available per year.
  • Funding for a student will be limited to one (incoming) year.
  • Each program should provide nominations to the office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies with relevant student application materials

*Disadvantaged Background means either: (1) must demonstrate financial needs as determined by FAFSA; or (2) that the individual comes from an environment that inhibited (but did not prevent) the person from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and ability to enroll in a graduate institution. Applicants must indicate their disadvantage status. The following are examples of factors to be considered:

  • Family income of applicant;
  • First generation of family to attend college;
  • Ability to speak more than one language;
  • Attending Texas schools in the lowest quarter of wealth per student distribution;
  • Growing up in South Texas-Border Area
  • Preference for female

Download the Valero Research Fellows Nomination Form

Valero Travel Awards

GOAL

To assist graduate students in presenting their research at conferences.
The Valero program will provide travel awards for qualified graduate students

  • Up to $500 per trip will be provided to selected students
  • Faculty mentor will be required to provide at least $250 toward travel/registration from grants or other sources as partial matching for student to qualify
  • Forty (40) slots will be available every year
  • Student should have a paper accepted for presentation (oral/poster) at a national level conference. Travel to regional conferences will not be supported
  • Students should apply to the office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies with relevant materials including a copy of the paper/abstract, proof of acceptance, details about the conference, and budget.
  • Application should be submitted a minimum of 4 weeks in advance of anticipated travel
  • Awards will not be based on equal distribution of funds to the programs but on the quality of the student.
  • Award decisions will be made by the Dean’s office
  • Funding may not be disbursed if high quality applications are not received

Download the Valero Travel Awards Application Form

Funding Available to M.S. Students Only

Valero Research Scholarhips

  • The Valero Graduate Funds Program will provide $1,000 annual scholarships for qualified M.S. students
  • Fifty (50) slots will be available per year.
  • Each program should provide nominations to the office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies with relevant student materials

VALERO RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP FORMS:

Download the Valero Research Scholarships Nomination Form

Download the Valero Research Scholarship Application Form

Valero Outstanding Master's Award

  • The Valero Graduate Funds Program will provide $9,000 annual scholarships for qualified new M.S. students.
  • Five (5) slots will be available per year.
  • Choosen by Committ review porcess

Valero Advanced Research Scholarhips

  • The Valero Graduate Funds Program will provide $1,000 annual scholarships for qualified M.S. students
  • Ten (10) slots will be available per year.
  • At least a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale from at least 15 hours of graduate credits from College of Engineering
  • Review the form below to see qualification requirements

Download the Valero Advanced Research Scholarship Form

Funding Available to Ph.D. Students Only

Valero Research Scholars

  • The Valero program will supplement the funding provided to new Ph.D. students
  • $7,500 will be provided per year to each Valero Scholar
  • Funding will be provided for each student for a maximum of 2 years
  • Thirteen (13) new slots every year will be available for a total of 25 Scholars at any given time
  • Funding will be limited to exceptionally qualified new recruits—not the average student
  • The program should be used as an inducement for high quality students to join UTSA during the admissions process
  • Each program should provide nominations to the office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies with relevant student application materials
  • Awards will not be based on equal distribution of funds to the programs but on the quality of the new recruit
  • Award decisions will be made by the Dean’s office in consultation with GARs/program directors as needed
  • As part of the learning experience, all recipients will participate in classroom instructional activities
  • Funding may not be disbursed if high quality students are not nominated

Download the Valero Research Scholars Nomination Form

Valero Research Excellence Funds

  • The Valero program will provide research funds for qualified Ph.D. students
  • Students must have cleared their oral qualifying exams
  • A one-time amount of $1,500 will be provided to selected students
  • Ten (10) slots will be available every year
  • Funding will be limited to exceptional students
  • Funds need to be expended in one year and can be used for supplies, equipment, research related travel or a computer relevant to the student’s research
  • Each program should provide nominations to the office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies with relevant materials regarding the student’s academic performance and research progress to date.
  • Awards will not be based on equal distribution of funds to the programs but on the quality of the student.
  • Award decisions will be made by the Dean’s office in consultation with GARs/program directors as needed.
  • Funding may not be disbursed if high level students are not nominated

Download the Valero Research Excellence Funds Application Form

Valero International Travel Awards

  • The Valero program will provide travel awards for qualified graduate students travelling abroad to conduct research as part of College of Engineering’s international collaborations
  • A one-time non-renewable award of up to $2,000 will be provided to selected students
  • Five (5) slots will be available every year
  • Student should have detailed documentation of proposed research
  • Students should apply to the office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies with relevant materials including a copy of the research proposal, invitation from host institution, letter of support from UTSA research mentor, length of stay, and budget.
  • Application should be submitted a minimum of 4 weeks in advance of anticipated travel
  • Awards will not be based on equal distribution of funds to the programs but on the quality of the student.
  • Award decisions will be made by the Dean’s office

Download the Valero International Travel Awards Application Form

Valero Foreign Visiting Ph.D. Student Awards

For Non-UTSA International Ph.D. Students Only

  • The Valero Graduate Program will provide financial support of $500 per month to qualified international Exchange Ph.D. Students. Funding is limited to $1,000 per student.
  • Only Ph.D. students are qualified for this support – no M.S. or post-docs will be considered.
  • This financial support is to subsidize local living expenses of the visiting student. No air fare will be covered
  • Five (5) slots will be available per year.
  • Each sponsor/mentor should provide nominations to the office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies with relevant student and research activity materials.
  • Funds not claimed four (4) months after the estimated starting date will be cancelled without further notice.

Download the Valero Foreign Visiting Ph.D. Student Awards Nomination Form

Alvarez/GM Graduate Funds Program

Funding Available to All Graduate Students

Competitive Alvarez Matching Fund for GM Engineering Diversity Graduate Fellowship

Award amount: $7,500/year as monthly stipend

Available slots per year: Four (4)

  • This scholarship is to sponsor graduate students with outstanding academic credentials.
  • Must be in good academic standing (cumulative grade point average on or above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Awardees must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average each semester during the award period.
  • Students graduating in the semester of application need to registers for at least 6 hours to qualify. Students graduating in the second half of the awarding period need to register for at least 3 hours to qualify.
  • Must be COE full-time students with clear admission.
  • As part of the learning experience, all recipients may be required to participate in teaching or academic assistance duties of no more than 10 hours per week.
  • Priorities will be given to students without other departmental or college financial support.

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General Motors Engineering Diversity Graduate Fellowship

Award amount: $7,500/year as monthly stipend

Available slots per year: Three (3)

  • This scholarship is to sponsor graduate students with outstanding academic credentials.
  • Must be in good academic standing (cumulative grade point average on or above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Awardees must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average each semester during the award period.
  • Students graduating in the semester of application need to registers for at least 6 hours to qualify. Students graduating in the second half of the awarding period need to register for at least 3 hours to qualify.
  • Must be COE full-time students with clear admission.
  • Must be U.S. citizen or permanent residents with a disadvantaged background.
  • As part of the learning experience, all recipients may be required to participate in teaching or academic assistance duties of no more than 10 hours per week.
  • Priorities will be given to students without other departmental or college financial support.

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Alvarez Graduate Research Travel Awards

Award amount: up to $500.00 per trip

Available slots per year: Fifty (50)

  • This award is to supplement conference travel costs for graduate students.
  • A one-time per year amount of up to $500 will be provided to selected students.
  • Faculty mentor will be required to provide at least $250 toward travel/registration from grants or other sources as partial matching for student to qualify.
  • Fifty (50) slots will be available every year.
  • Student should have a paper accepted for presentation (oral/poster) at a national level conference. Travel to regional conferences will not be supported.
  • Students should apply to the office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies with relevant materials including a copy of the paper/abstract, proof of acceptance, details about the conference, and budget.
  • Application should be submitted a minimum of 4 weeks in advance of anticipated travel.

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Funding Available to M.S. Students Only

Alvarez Master Research Competitive Scholarship

Award amount: $1,000/year 

Available slots per year: Ten (10)

  • This scholarship is to sponsor MS students with excellent academic credentials.
  • Must be COE full-time M.S. students with unconditional admission or clear of admission conditions.
  • Students graduating in the semester of application need to registers for at least 6 hours to qualify. Students graduating in the second half of the awarding period need to register for at least 3 hours to qualify.
  • Must be in good academic standing (cumulative grade point average on or above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Awardees must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average each semester during the award period.
  • Priorities will be given to students without other departmental or college financial support.

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Funding Available to Ph.D. Students Only

Alvarez PhD Research Competitive Scholarship

Award amount:  $2,000/year 

Available slots per year: Ten (10)

  • This scholarship is to assist outstanding doctoral students on their study.
  • Must be COE full-time Doctoral students with clear admission.
  • Must be in good academic standing (cumulative grade point average on or above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Awardees must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average each semester during the award period.
  • As part of the learning experience, all recipients may be required to participate in teaching or academic assistance duties of no more than 10 hours per week.
  • Priorities will be given to students without other departmental or college financial support.

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Funding Available to Fall 2014 Incoming Graduate Students Only

Alvarez Summer Research Program

Award amount:  $2,300/summer 

Available slots per year: Five (5)

Qualification:

  • This scholarship provides research opportunity to UTSA Seniors and Graduate Students who have applied and are accepted to our MS or PhD programs for the Fall 2014 semester.
  • Must be US citizen or Permanent Residents; International students who are going to graduate and must enroll in Summer 2014 semester.
  • Must be able to work on the assigned research project for the months of June and July 2014.
  • Must be in good academic standing (cumulative grade point average on or above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale).
  • Must be nominated by the faculty member who will be the student’s mentor in the Summer.

Required Documents:

  • The Nomination Form 
  • A Letter of Recommendation from the mentor)
  • A copy of the student’s Admission Letter
  • A Research Proposalincluding:
    • Topic of the research project
    • Summary of the research project
    • Proposed hours and schedule of the research during the summer
  • A Statement of Purpose from the student

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