The University of Texas at Austin offers a wide range of awards for undergraduates: the University Co-op / George H. Mitchell Student Awards for Academic Excellence and the Roy Crane Award in the Arts. Sponsorship of these awards is part of the overall mission to encourage and promote excellence in undergraduate education.
The University of Texas at Austin, with the generous support of the University Co-op, will annually recognize up to seven UT undergraduates for superior scholarly or creative achievement. Three students will receive awards of $2,000 each, three will receive awards of $5,000 each, and one will be awarded the grand prize of $20,000. The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost provides a concurrent award of half the value of each student's award to the academic department in which the scholarly work was supervised.
The Roy Crane Award in the Arts is given to a student of The University of Texas at Austin for unique, creative effort in the performing, literary and visual arts. An undergraduate or graduate student from any major area of study may compete for the award. The committee, which selects the winner, will give no weight to any entrant’s grade point average or other academic achievement.
So that an entrant’s work may be compared with similar forms of creativity, the award committee singles out only one area of the arts for each year’s competition. For 2013, the Visual Arts will be considered for the award; in 2014, the Performing Arts; and in 2015, the Literary Arts.
National Student Award Competitions
The Office of the Executive Vice-President and Provost coordinates Goldwater Scholarship nominations for the University of Texas at Austin as well as the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's Scholarship. The Fulbright Grant program is now handled through the International Office. Go to U.S. Fulbright Grants - Student Program at UT.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship provides $7,500 per year for educational expenses to two groups of students—those who will be college juniors and those who will be college seniors in the 2012–2013 academic year. Applicants must have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. The foundation intends to award up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships nationwide. A campus committee selects UT’s nominees before applications are forwarded to the national competition.
The Office of the Executive Vice-President and Provost coordinates the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation award. The Astronaut Scholarship is the largest monetary award in the United States given to outstanding undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math.
The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organization established by the Mercury Astronauts in 1984 and they have been joined in this endeavor by the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Shuttle astronauts. “It is the desire of the Foundation that the students nominated for Astronaut Scholarships be highly motivated, focused in their scientific objectives and possessed of intellectual daring."