Individual Opportunity Scholarship


Presidential Scholar Jessica Bathea during her study abroad in Brazil.

Request Individual Opportunity Scholarship Funding

All Presidential Scholars who enrolled at UT Austin after Summer 2013 and up to Fall 2019 and are actively meeting program requirements are eligible for the Individual Opportunity Scholarship.

The Individual Opportunity Scholarship is a one-time additional scholarship of $1,500 that can be used to support an approved experiential learning opportunity like:

  • An internship
  • Attending a professional or scholarly conference
  • Research experience
  • Study abroad

Once a Presidential Scholar has received confirmation that they have been accepted to participate in an enrichment experience, they will complete the Individual Opportunity Scholarship application to request the funds. The application must include details about the proposed experience, a draft budget, and a detailed explanation of how this experience will enrich their curricular experience at UT.

The request should be specific to a particular semester that the student intends to use the funding (fall, spring, or summer). If a student requests funds for a semester but their experience falls through (e.g. the enrichment experience is canceled), the student may submit another funding request at a later date; the funds are not forfeited. An award will not be granted for a prior enrichment experience.


    Priority deadline for Spring 2021: November 15, 2020

    Priority deadline for Maymester 2021 & Summer 2021: April 15, 2021

    Review of a complete Presidential Scholars Individual Opportunity Scholarship application can take up to four weeks. Once the application has been approved, the award will be disbursed to the Presidential Scholar prior to the semester’s enrichment experience.

    This $1,500 scholarship may impact a Presidential Scholar's financial aid award.


    Individual Opportunity Scholarship Stories

    Learn how Presidential Scholars have used their Individual Opportunity Scholarship to broaden their horizons.

    Michael Sanchez

    Michael Sanchez

    Presidential Scholar, Class of 2020

    Owais Raza

    Owais Raza

    Presidential Scholar, Class of 2021