First-Gen STEM Scholars Scholarship - Sponsored by USAA

The First-Gen STEM Scholars Program sponsored by USAA fosters first-generation undergraduate student success by reducing loan debt, increasing graduation rates, and emphasizing career-engaged learning.

Support for Personal, Academic, and Career Success
Student scholars will receive an annual scholarship of up to $5000. With support from peer mentors, faculty coaches, and career counselors, students will enhance their career readiness skills, expand their personal and professional networks, and ensure they persist towards graduation.

Based on the start date of the student, scholarships and funding are provided for up to two terms.
• Seniors entering the program in Fall 2022 can expect scholarship support through the end of Spring 2023*

*Recipients MUST meet eligibility requirements to continue in the program.

Program Eligibility Requirements
• First-generation college student (Parents’ or guardians’ highest level of education is less than a Bachelor’s degree)
• Eligible for the Federal Pell Grant
• Enrolled full-time at UTSA
• Enrolled in a STEM major (Includes data sciences and cybersecurity)
• From Bexar and adjacent counties (Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson)
• Good Academic Standing (Overall GPA of 2.0 of higher)
• Senior classification on track to graduate Spring 2023

Up to $5,000
Division of Student Success
Supplemental Questions
  1. Describe your career goals. What skills are you hoping to develop through this scholarship program and how is it connected to the goals you stated?
  2. Describe opportunities you see to cultivate community among First-Gen STEM students at UTSA and ways you could contribute to building community.
  3. Why is it important to you to be part of the STEM field?
  4. Active participation is an essential component of this experience. As a First-Gen STEM Scholar, you will be expected to be an active participant (as stated above). How will you prioritize your responsibilities to ensure you can fully engage and meet the First-Gen STEM Scholars program requirements?