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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q1: WHEN DO APPLICATIONS FOR THE DUSTDEVIL P.R.I.D.E. SCHOLARSHIP OPEN?

A1: Applications for the Dustdevil P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship open every April on an annual basis.

 

Q2: HOW MUCH IS AWARDED PER SCHOLARSHIP?

A2: Each recipient is awarded a one-time scholarship of $1,000.

 

Q3: HOW MANY RECIPIENTS ARE THERE?

A3: This depends on how much funding has been provided by the Class Giving Campaign. In 2017, we were able to award 3 scholarships. In 2018, we will be awarding 5.

 

Q4: WHERE DOES FUNDING COME FROM?

A4: This scholarship is possible thanks to the Class Giving Campaign.

 

Q5: WHO REVIEWS THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS?

A5: Applications are made anonymous by removing all information that can determine the applicant's identity and are then reviewed by the Student Philanthropy Council.

 

Q6: WHAT IS THE SCHOLARSHIP REVIEW TIMELINE AND PROCESS?

A6: The Student Philanthropy Council will review scholarship applications and supporting documents.  From this initial review, semi-finalists are selected and invited for an in-person interview.  The recipients are selected soon after.

 

Q7: WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP?

A7: Current full-time TAMIU students in good standing with a GPA of 2.5 or higher who show financial need and who are planning to enroll the following semester are eligible for this scholarship.  Student Philanthropy Council members automatically forfeit their eligibility to apply for this scholarship.

 

Q8: IS THE SCHOLARSHIP RENEWABLE? 

A8: No, the scholarship is awarded on a one-time basis. 

 

Q9: WHAT IF I'M NOT A CURRENT STUDENT YET?

A9: No worries! You can apply once you're enrolled full-time at TAMIU.  

 

Q10: CAN GRADUATE STUDENTS APPLY?

A10: Yes! In fact, graduate students have been recipients of the Dustdevil P.R.I.D.E Scholarship.

 

Q11: WHAT DOES P.R.I.D.E. STAND FOR?

A11: P.R.I.D.E. stands for Philanthropists Revolutionizing Ideologies, Diversity, and Education.

 

Q12: WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN APPLICANTS?

A12: The review committee will consider grade point average, on-campus involvement, volunteer service, resume, and essay (clarity of thoughts, grammar, writing style, etc.).  Each category holds an equal amount of consideration. 

 

Q13: WHAT IF I DON'T SHOW FINANCIAL NEED?

A13: Need is defined by the Student Philanthropy Council as:

total cost of attendance - total award amount (grants, scholarships, excluding loans) = need

Students who receive enough aid in scholarships and grants to cover the total cost of tuition and fees are unfortunately not eligible to apply for this scholarship. Note that loans are excluded from the calculator.

 

Q14: HOW DO I UPLOAD MY DOCUMENTS IN PDF FORMAT?

A14: All supporting application documents must be uploaded in PDF format to be reviewed. Below is one way of converting a webpage into a PDF.

  1. Use Chrome as a web browser 
  2. Log in to UConnect 
  3. Access your supporting documents (this application requires you to upload your financial aid award overview and a copy of your unofficial transcript)
  4. Once you've accessed the required document, hit CTRL + P (COMMAND for Mac users)
  5. Under print settings, select 'Change' and click 'Save as PDF'

 

Q15: HOW DO I ACCESS MY FINANCIAL AID AWARD OVERVIEW?

A15:

  1. Log in to UConnect
  2. On the left hand side, select 'Financial Aid'
  3. Click on 'Financial Aid Awards' under the Awards tab
  4. Select the next academic year (if we are currently in the 2017-18 academic year, you will select 2018-19)
  5. Click on 'Award Overview' (the second tab)
  6. Save as PDF

 

Q16: HOW DO I ACCESS MY UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT?

A16:

  1. Log in to UConnect
  2. On the left hand side, select 'Records and Registration'
  3. Click on 'Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Save as PDF

 

Q17: IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO DO IF AWARDED THIS SCHOLARSHIP?

A17: Yes. Students who are offered the scholarship must accept via email within the designated time frame (typically 2 business days).  The offer letter will include the acceptance terms (becoming a Class Giving Campaign advocate and remaining enrolled at the University).  

 

Q18: WHAT IS A CLASS GIVING CAMPAIGN ADVOCATE?

A18: The Class Giving Campaign is what makes all of this possible and the sole funder of the Dustdevil P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship. As a recipient of this scholarship, it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the Class Giving Campaign and (1) encourage graduating friends and family to make their gift while (2) increasing awareness of this campaign.  More information and relevant training will be provided to the recipients. 

 

Q19: I HAVE A MORE SPECIFIC QUESTION. WHO CAN I CONTACT?

A19: For more information, you can contact Development Officer Jackelyne K. Briseño at 956-326-2170 - jackelyne.briseno@tamiu.edu. 


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