In 1990, UT students elected to pay $1 each semester on their fee bill to collect money to support scholarships for students studying abroad and incoming international students. In 1994, UT students again voted to support international opportunities on campus and raised the fee from $1 to $3. Of the $3, one dollar is place in an endowment for future use and $2 per student is distributed annually to students.
Awards range from $1000 - $1500. Award announcements are made by April 1 and October 31 of each year.
For the summer 2009 competition there were 259 applicants, 46 students were awarded (17%). For the fall 2009 competition there were 68 applicants and 37 were awarded (54%). As indicated by these figures competition for summer funding is the most competitive.
The competition is based on need and merit with more emphasis on need. Students with no need whatsoever can apply but will most likely not be awarded.
The application consists of a basic online application, a listing of your honors and awards, a bit of information about your finances and the program you have selected as well as a one page essay. TWO letters of recommendation are required.
To access this application and others go to the GLOBAL ASSIST website.